CSA works to create impactful dialogues, platforms for information exchange, and community interactions. We strongly believe that since climate change is a global issue with serious but varied impacts locally, actions to address this looming problem will only be effective when we keep in mind its equitable, social, behavioural, and ethical dimensions. CSA brings these dimensions forth in all of our activities and initiatives. As part of our information exchange, we offer content in the following five thematic areas: Changing Behaviour, Sustainable Societies, Climate Equity, Climate & Religion, and Climate Ethics. Our goal is to highlight challenges and solutions in these areas, mobilizing community-level change in India.
Our behaviour towards society and the environment determines how we impact it both positively and negatively. We establish linkages between these ecosystems to create a better place for ourselves, many times forgetting that a better place can only be so when we consider the larger ecosystem. This is clearly shown in the way we have created the problem of climate change. Generation to generation, we continue to believe that we live for the next generation, all the while not changing how we do things.
In CSA, we believe that each of us has a responsibility towards other organisms, the environment that we live in, and the environment that we create through our actions. Communities in many parts of the world show that this can be done in simple but effective ways. CSA networks will work towards educating and influencing behavioural changes that will reduce our impact on the climate today and secure a better world for tomorrow.
Societies that imbibe simple, traditional, and innovative ways to ensure long term sustainability of resources for their very survival are what we need. How can urban and rural societies today work towards securing water, clean air, food and shelter without compromising its availability in the long term? Several communities have inherently managed these systems, but with overpopulation and exceeding demands on resources, this is becoming more difficult. CSA aims to engage communities to understand how sustainable societies may be possible, replicated, and multiplied.
Climate change impacts communities in different ways, heavily dependent on geography. It is of greatest importance that governments and institutions address these impacts independent of caste, religion, income or gender. This is climate equity. CSA aims to ensure that climate equity actions are highlighted for the benefit of all communities working on the ground or in policy making.
Climate & Religion
A global movement to harmonize religious beliefs and actions to mitigate climate impacts would have huge potential to change the way we think and behave. Several religious communities have already actively engaged in dialogues and in developing proactive programmes to address climate change. According to Pew Research, around 84% of the world’s population are religiously affiliated, making faith-related support to fight climate change a huge opportunity.
Leaders from Islam, Catholicism, the Church of England, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism, as well as interfaith leaders, have made strong statements on the necessity of religious peoples and governments of the world to take action against climate change.
Climate change is a truly global phenomenon, and therefore the ethical treatment of this problem is critical. While some impacts of climate change are pointedly local, the impact of one’s actions (or inaction) can be felt far and beyond. Added to this there are skewed vulnerabilities – some short term, some long term, and different levels of impact. With this variability ethical action to combat climate change is highly challenging. This is further compounded by the fact that climate change has an intergenerational and larger ecological implications.
Making decisions on a global common such as the climate, our responsibility increases towards vulnerable communities, other species, and future generations. CSA hopes to bring forth research and current thinking on these issues through this section.