Bringing coffee back into the shade

Bringing coffee back into the shade

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.

the great derangement

Book Review: The Great Derangement, by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh makes a profound statement in his book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, proclaiming that individual action is not sufficient to deal with climate change. It needs collective effort, for which writers of fiction must write about climate change so that it becomes as much of a backdrop as war has traditionally been in fiction. Book review by S. Gopikrishna Warrier for FRONTLINE

Green Development Agenda (Manifesto) for Kerala

Green Development Agenda (Manifesto) for Kerala

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.

Mining and Climate Change, as Experienced in Ambalavayal

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.

Story of a Wetland

Kerala’s Kadalundi, a picturesque wetland with its mangrove forests, has kept the climate evenly balanced in the region. The nourishing ground water has been a  haven for breeding fish and frogs. They stood as a bulwark against the tsunami. Jamsheena Mullapatt in her essay says that the unique culture with its fauna and fauna is now on the brink of destruction with declining rainfall, dumping of plastic and bio waste and rise in mercury levels.

Climate Change or System Change?

Climate Change or System Change?

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.