As a part of Pipal Tree’s mission to promote climate justice, the Climate South Asia website is excited to highlight Pipal Tree’s events in this area. The following events aim to further climate change and climate justice awareness and education and to empower the Adivasi and farming communities in southern Karnataka and beyond to integrate climate change adaptation strategies into their lives and work.


Fireflies Dialogues

The Fireflies Dialogues happen each February at Fireflies Intercultural Centre in Bangalore, India through Pipal Tree’s Meeting Rivers programme (Bangalore, India) and Dialogues en Humanité (Lyon, France). These four-day Dialogues create opportunities for thinkers, farmers, artists, activists, students, journalists, and more to create change towards sustainability through knowledge-sharing, dialoguing, and other participatory processes.

This year’s Fireflies Dialogues, on “Cutural and Spiritual Values for Sustainable Futures,” will happen from 2nd February-5th February, 2017. Please visit this link to learn more and register.


Workshop on “Communicating Climate Justice”

Pipal Tree’s Climate Change Awareness and Education Programme offers financial support to selected short-film makers, writers, and community organizations from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala to produce, disseminate, and use short films/articles among vulnerable communities and stakeholders in order to create awareness on climate change/climate justice issues and initiate sustainable alternatives. As part of this programme a three-day workshop on communicating climate justice is organized every year to enhance the knowledge and skills of the selected communicators from the programme area.


Short Film Screenings & Discussions on Climate Justice

Regional conferences will be organized by the attendees of the above-mentioned workshop on “Communicating Climate Justice” in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala in December 2016 and January 2017 as part of Pipal Tree’s Climate Change Awareness and Education Programme. The short films produced as a result of the workshop will be screened, followed by discussions on the impact of climate change, the significance of climate justice and sustainable alternatives for adaptation and mitigation. The target audience for these conferences will include representatives from communities that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, organisations and movements working for social and environmental justice, research scholars and academicians working on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, freelance communicators, working journalists and policy makers. Invitations to these events will be posted on this site as they are scheduled.


Farmers’ Dialogues

Each year, as part of the Global Rural Adaptation Initiative (GRAIN), Pipal Tree brings together small and marginal (mostly dry-land) farmers and households from the H.D. Kote region of Mysore district, Karnataka, India. During these dialogues, farmers and households share and learn best practices in sustainable agriculture. They also have the opportunity to dialogue with decision makers and representatives of other organizations working on similar issues to advocate for favourable changes in government policies concerning small and marginal dry-land farmers.


Food Security Workshop

Part of Pipal Tree’s Global Rural Adaptation Initiative (GRAIN), this annual workshop brings together farmers’ groups from across India to share practices in sustainable agriculture and moving towards food sovereignty while ensuring improved income from total farm production. Focusing on the revival of dry land agriculture, local food systems, and millet-based farming, the aim of the workshop is to build solidarity among small and marginal dryland farmers to lobby for favourable policy changes.


Adivasi Dialogues

Pipal Tree organizes yearly dialogues among the Adivasi communities it works closely with in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district, Karnataka, India to provide a platform for socio-political and cultural empowerment.


Adivasi Children’s Get-Together

In this annual event, children who are part of Pipal Tree’s Environment and Gender Education programme in thirty Adivasi villages in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district, Karnataka, India interact with the larger society on issues related to social and environmental justice using art forms such as theatre, music and traditional cultural performances.