With insufficient rains over the Western Ghats during this year’s southwest monsoon, there is a shortage of water in the reservoirs across the Cauvery in Karnataka. This has led to the flaring of the water sharing dispute with the lower riparian state of Tamil Nadu in the recent days. While this acrimony continues, eco-certification as a form of payment for ecosystem services is becoming popular in Kodagu district, so that coffee farmers protect the forests under which they grow their crop, thereby preserving the water flow into the Cauvery. These measures also help to maintain the climate resilience in the river’s catchment and command. Writes Gopikrishna Warrier for India Climate Dialogue.
Pope Francis says destroying the environment is a sin, saying humans are turning the planet into ‘wasteland full of debris, desolation and filth’ in a call for urgent action on climate change. From The Guardian.
Organic farming creates more profit and yields healthier produce. It’s time it played the role it deserves in feeding a rapidly growing world population. Writes John Reganold for The Guardian.
Mangrove plantations in coastal Odisha are not just protecting people from storms and cyclones, but also opening up new livelihood possibilities.
When climate change threatens the existence of Sundarbans’ mangroves, villagers get together to plant millions of them to protect the fragile ecosystem.
In March 2016, the Kerala Paristhithi Aikyavedi, an umbrella organisation of environmental groups in the State, released a green development agenda for political parties to incorporate into their manifesto for the elections to the Assembly. Aikyavedi leaders V.S. Vijayan, R. Sridhar and S. Usha said the green agenda was aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the State. Source: The Hindu.
Kari Malkki explains how the voices of communities vulnerable to climate change who have been systematically silenced and oppressed, as well as the voices of youth, are coming to the forefront of the climate justice movement, giving hope. Article from Common Dreams.
In Kerala, many farmers who have switched from conventional to organic farming are reaping financial and other benefits. From The Times of India.
Often, when people think of remote villages, they think of backwards places that suffer from a lack of development. However, in the case of Meghalaya, inaccessibility has helped preserve many traditional food customs, from rice growing to beekeeping. From Zester Daily.