Ambalayal in Wayanad with its rich biological heritage is on the brink of becoming an environmental disaster. Unprecedented mindless granite quarrying has denuded the land, skewered rainfall patterns and destroyed its pristine heritage. Court Orders have been ignored and licenses for mining have been given to vested interests. An affirmative cursory survey report without taking into account micro-climatic changes and expert opinions, have stymied all efforts made by activists and local people. CKM Nabeel‘s plea for environmental justice is lost in the cacophony of aggrandizement and greed.
If we are going to limit global warming to the 2-degree Celsius benchmark, there will need to be a fundamental shift in the economy: away from growth-at-any cost globalization – a system that is heavily tilted in favor of the biggest corporations and financial institutions – towards more diversified, localized economies that serve the real needs of people and the planet. Read more about causes and solutions in this Local Futures Action Paper.
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.
This pamphlet shares broad details of ICIMOD‘s Climate Smart Village approach, customized for mountain areas, which equips communities with tools to improve their resilience to climate change and other changes and fosters sustainable development, particularly of agriculture.
The Hosakerahalli Lake at Banashankari 3rd Stage was blessed with plenty of rainfall, deep catchment areas and crystal clear water. With the coming in of apartment complexes, land mafia, rampant corruption and mindless greed the lake was literally choked over time. Now it is full of effluents, detergents and mind numbing pollution choking the life of the inhabitants living close by.
The flip side is the Jakkur Lake which was rejuvenated and made to come alive with citizen participation, where they cleaned the lake on Sundays and planted trees. There are fish thriving with an off take of over 100 kg every day and probably sailing every so often.
Rekha Sampath concludes that if we join hands with the local government and work in sync with the administration we can dream the “Impossible Dream:” A healthy environment for us and for our children!
Indigenous and local initiatives can help address the effects of climate change within a certain threshold and assist in enhancing resilience of community-based development plans and programs. Read five examples from Nepal in the report linked below.
Groundnut farming has the potential to generate income irrespective of weather conditions. The requirement is wisdom in adapting to changed circumstances, says Rama S. Arakalagudu in this article. Reverting to traditional methods of inter-cropping can bring in a wholesome ambiance where crops, birds, and insects live in a symbiotic relationship. This is a model for us to emulate, instead of quick fixes for ‘big bucks’ using chemical fertilizers, monocropping and aggressive marketing. This blinkered view has destroyed a whole generation. Dependent industries like oil extraction plants have all but collapsed in the Central Districts of Karnataka, throwing thousands out of gainful employment. The underlying theme of the writer is an appeal to go back to the rhythms of our forefathers or face the brunt of mass annihilation. Grim but True!