One writer examines the Adivasi way of life and suggests that instead of “going back” into the past, adopting their sustainable values and practices could be a way of going forward into the future. From Local Futures.
Global carbon dioxide concentrations reached the symbolic milestone of 400 ppm in 2015, creating levels that will stay high for generations. From Reuters.
A remote Indian village in Ladakh is responding to global warming-induced water shortages by creating large masses of ice, or “artificial glaciers,” to get through the dry spring months. From National Geographic.
This article from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change reports on Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog‘s network of 1,100+ women entrepreneurs across India promoting clean energy through a complete “ecosystem” approach as users, educators, providers, and supporters of clean energy.
The South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People showcases some excellent examples of community driven water conservation initiatives across India in the face of the 2016 drought. Compiled by Bhim Singh Rawat of SANDRP.
While honey can sweeten coffee for the drinker, coffee farmers of Kodagu district of Karnataka are realising that raising bees for honey in their farms can sweeten their economic returns. It is one of the innovative methods being tried out in the district to provide additional financial incentives to coffee farmers to conserve the landscape they have inherited. This, in turn, can strengthen climate resilience and improve the water flow into the Cauvery. Writes S. Gopikrishna Warrier for India Climate Dialogue.
In Kodagu, the changing climate is making rainfall erratic. With erratic rainfall, famers are opting to use irrigation, reducing their need for shade trees. When they let the shade trees die, there is an adverse effect on the water flow into the Cauvery River, as well as climate resilience in the surrounding hills and plains. By S. Gopikrishna Warrier, for India Climate Dialogue. (Photo: Coffee farmer B.B. Thammaiah’s rainfall record, photo by author.)