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Invite: Global Day of Action – Climate Ke Liye Bajao

Invite: Global Day of Action – Climate Ke Liye Bajao

Events
As appropriately put by Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, "the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15) will be a turning point in the fight to prevent (the) climate disaster. The science demands it, the economics support it, (and) future generations require it." COP15 will begin in a few hours from now. The final week of the Copenhagen summit is the 12th hour: the defining, crucial moment for leaders to sign on to a treaty to avert climate catastrophe and unleash a low-carbon future. In communities everywhere on earth, we can lead the way by showing the leaders exactly what we want them to do. But they will not act until they hear us. So, it is ti...
Invitation: Climate Bicycle Ride in Delhi for COP at Copenhagen

Invitation: Climate Bicycle Ride in Delhi for COP at Copenhagen

Events
On the eve of UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, a ‘Climate Bicycle Ride’ is being organised in Delhi on Sunday, 6th December at Ambedkar Nagar Terminal on BRT corridor; by the Delhi Cycling Club with support from Delhi Integrated Mass Transit System (DIMTS)'s NMT Cell and ‘The Open Planning Project’ (TOPP). The event is open to people from different walks of life, age group and professions from Delhi & NCR and foreign nationals. Key objectives of the event are to: Raise awareness about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions; Promote Cycling, Walking and Public Transportation as the most environmental-friendly way of commuting and as part of the solution to Delhi’s growing traffic woes; and Experience the joy of cycling on dedicated bicycle tracks and have fun.
‘Sealing the Deal’ on Climate Change in Copenhagen

‘Sealing the Deal’ on Climate Change in Copenhagen

Green Alert
Delhi Greens and the Center for Climate Justice & Equity (CCJE) recently came together at Dilli Haat to take forward the Untied Nations-led Seal the Deal Campaign aiming to galvanize political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December. On December 7, 2009, Governments will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark to respond to one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The main question will be how protect the planet and create a green economy that will lead to long-term prosperity. Reaching a deal by the time the meeting ends on December 18 will depend not only on complex political negotiations, but also on public pressure from around the globe. With this understanding, the two day long stall at Dilli Haat aimed at info...
Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

Green Alert
The 14th of November, also known as Bal Divas, is the birthday of Chacha Nehru--our first Prime Minister and to put it in the current context--Rahul Gandhi’s great grand father. Continuity, complexity of relationships and interrelatedness to the web of life is the celebration. A beautifully done film festival called CMS Vatavaran recently reflected it. One film of particular appeal was a Japanese one titled Kishke filming complex environmental issues with a very simple narrative. At the very first level, it is the story of a little boy named Kishke--about 10 years of age--who has just lost his grandfather. Once when had spent a summer with his grandfather on the sea coast village in North Japan, he had made a promise to his grandfather that he will plant a seed in his name, when he
Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part II

Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part II

Articles
To recap, water available per person has been decreasing since 1950 and it will be 70% of what we have by 2025 if no action is taken today. Although water is usually considered a renewable resource, it is actually a finite one with physical limits on its sustainability not because there is a change in the total water in the world but there are human institutional and financial capital limit to accessing water. Let me explain this. If we need to store water for 12 months, we need a bigger storage tank than if we needed to store it for only say six months. Thus, if the water flowing through the perennial rivers due to melting of glaciers reduces because there are smaller glaciers to melt, then the barrages to store water will have to be taller. All this deepening of tanks or building ...
Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part I

Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part I

Articles
My vivid memory of Manmad--a township, due to major Railway junction in Maharashtra that I visited in the 60s--is that of early morning chaos, shouting and screaming over a common tap outside my uncle’s residence for collecting water. When I was growing up, the typical humorous short stories in my mother-tongue Marathi used to depict quarrels over common taps to collect water for domestic consumption in local communities, described as ‘Nala che Bhandan”. These stories were humorous portrayal of fights over water in local settings that began with minor issues. Jokes apart, this often led to communal tensions in real life. Typically, the water supply would last for two to three hours and water had to be collected and stored in that short span of time--one tap for twenty households. I
Climate Change Impacts: India and Maldives

Climate Change Impacts: India and Maldives

Green Alert
Looks like we still have time, or do we? On 17th October 2009, the President of the island nation of Maldives called for the world's first ever underwater Cabinet Meeting. In the meeting, the President, Vice President, and the entire cabinet of Maldives signed a declaration calling for concerted global action on climate change, ahead of the UN climate conference (COP) in Copenhagen. And even as the world prepares for this grand climate meet, a large part of South India went under water only a few weeks back. And while talks have already begun on coming up with an equitable deal and the very fear that there may be none, over 300 people lost their lives while millions have been displaced and missing in that global warming related freak weather event, predicted well in advance by the ...
Prithvi Ratna: National Essay Writing Competition by WWF-India

Prithvi Ratna: National Essay Writing Competition by WWF-India

Green Alert
Participate in the MoEF and WWF-India’s Essay Writing Competition and you can be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. MoEF and WWF-India has organised an Essay Writing Competition giving all young people a chance to be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. BE A PART OF THE CHANGE, BECOME A YOUNG CLIMATE GUARDIAN Topic of the ESSAY: You are India's future generation - How can you lead / influence the climate change challenge to ensure a sustainable future for the country and the planet? Entries can be submitted in BOTH English and Hindi Eligibility: Competition is open to all youth between the ages 16 to 21 years and residing in India Deadline: October 23, 2009 to submit the essay by registe
Center for Climate Justice & Equity (CCJE) is Looking for a Programmes Coordinator

Center for Climate Justice & Equity (CCJE) is Looking for a Programmes Coordinator

Green Jobs
The Center for Climate Justice & Equity (CCJE) is a Delhi based non-profit organisation setup with an objective to promote environmental equity and climate justice in an otherwise inequitable world. Our planet is facing a climate crisis unprecedented in the history of humankind. The crisis is fairly recent and began with the advent of the industrial revolution. The emissions from the so-called “developed” countries have been poisoning our atmosphere for over 200 years. The consequences of these emissions are now becoming apparent and we are living in a world where the shadow of the possibility of an unlivable earth is becoming more and more of a reality. CCJE is the voice of the grassroots in policy formation and an equity watchdog setup to ensure every citizen gets his fair shar