Media coverage on climate change deliberations peaked in December 2015 when the Climate Summit hosted by the United Nations was taking place in Paris. The conference was attended by 195 countries with around 150 world leaders and dignitaries. Many countries, including India, have pledged ambitious targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
One of the major decisions taken at the Paris Summit was to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C as against 2°C agreed upon in the Copenhagen accord. However, this decision has been challenged by many climate change scientists. Their argument is based on the current global scenario and the fifth assessment report of the IPCC that states that the likelihood of keeping temperature rise below 2°C and the global concentration of CO2 at 450 ppm is virtually impossible.
The political glamour associated with the ambitious global mitigation strategies were hailed in the media. But deeper questions with regard to climate justice went unaddressed and sidelined. Even to achieve the global mitigation promises the governments have to pay attention to the changes in micro-climate, which often results in disturbances of the local ecosystems.
The objective of Pipal Tree’s communication campaign is hence to study, document and disseminate understanding about the causes and impact of climate change, and potential mitigation and adaptation measures, from a regional ecosystem perspective. The communication campaign engages freelance writers, short filmmakers, social researchers and activists to produce and disseminate articles and short films to expose the severity of issues the climate-dependent and poor communities face in the wake of changing patterns in climate, and to call attention to sustainable mitigation and adaptation measures experimented and integrated by these communities.
Pipal Tree believes that the media in India especially the regional languages media, have a vital role in creating awareness among the general public and in engaging local governance institutions and policy makers to take actions. Hence a wide range of platforms including newspapers, television, subject-specific magazines, social media and online portals are used in this communication campaign.
This release is a compilation of articles written and published by eight freelance writers from the three South Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala for the program year 2015-2016. The articles compiled in this release provide insights into the causes and impacts of climate change on various ecosystems ranging from semi-arid, urban, coastal, wetland, mountain and river. They also discuss mitigation and adaptation strategies. The topics dealt with in this series are:
- Climate Change and Dairy Farming
- Global Warming and Groundnut Cultivation
- Climate change and its effects on the agricultural economy in Villuppuram District
- Mining and Climate Change As Experienced by the Pollution ‘Model’ of Ambalavayal
- Forest Rights and Climate Change
- Hosakerehalli Lake Rejuvenation
- Story of a Wetland
- Climate Change and The Destruction of the Reed Beds