Slide 1: GREEN YATRA
CLIMATE CHANGE Slide 2: Homo sapiens – intelligent mind, disobedient lifestyle. Slide 3: The Himalaya, India’s damaged water source. Slide 4: The snow leopard’s fate is sealed as climate change destroys its frozen abode. Slide 5: The role of wetlands as carbon sinks is only now being understood. Slide 6: Climate change threatens the Lesser Fishing Eagle… and humans. Slide 7: Protecting the tiger and its home is a climate change control imperative. Slide 8: Olive Ridley turtle habitats buffer humans from the impact of sea surges. Slide 9: The habitat of the whale shark is at greater risk than terrestrial ecosystems. Slide 10: Species diversity is critical to the climate control role of forests. Slide 11: Deforestation is responsible for nearly 26% of India’s green house emissions. Slide 12: Rise in temperature by 4oC or more will seriously affect global food production. Slide 13: Preventing forest fires is not a wildlife issue. It’s a human survival strategy. Slide 14: Mangroves sequester carbon but could be climate change’s first victims. Slide 15: Low cost fuel source = long term climate change disaster. Slide 16: Short term mining profits – but what do we do when there is no more water? Slide 17: Alternate energy options exist. Yet India plans to expand its coal-based thermal power plant capacity by 300 per cent in the next decade. Slide 18: We all want the good life, but for this, we must first have a life! Slide 22: The Mithi River tragedy was human-caused. So far, no lessons have been learned. Slide 23: Mumbai could lose as much as 2,00,000 crores to climate change damage. Mitigation and Other Environmental Issues : Mitigation and Other Environmental Issues Slide 26: Estimated global mean temperatures over the past 100,000 years. Slide 27: Global mean land and sea-surface temperature anomalies. Slide 28: Projected global mean surface temperature changes in recent historical context. Slide 29: Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide over the last 1000 years. Slide 31: “At one time they said climate change is a myth – today there is another myth at work – the governments of the world are doing something worthwhile to fight climate change –
this is the inconvenient truth”
Al Gore Slide 32: Yes. Let us debate the carbon-energy issue -- not whether it causes climate change, but the strategies needed to wean ourselves away from carbon. Slide 33: Jungle nadi ki maa hai. That is what our ancestors believed. We would do well to heed the wisdom of the ages handed down to us by the Rig Veda. Slide 34: This stick insect imagines it will live forever. We are no different. Slide 35: Kids for Tigers, the Sanctuary Tiger Programme works with one million Indian children and is preparing them to combat climate change. Slide 36: Gaumukh – religious trauma today. Eroded food security tomorrow. Slide 37: What can India do?
Voluntarily set and achieve carbon reduction targets and demand no-cost or low-cost technology transfers from the industrial north, which is responsible for our climate crisis by spewing a disproportionate amount of carbon into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Prevent deforestation, which accounts for nearly 26 per cent of all greenhouse emissions in India.
Develop new and alternate energy technologies (wind, solar and tidal) and bring policies – fiscal, regulatory, environmental – in line with climate change imperatives.
Invest in making power generation and distribution more efficient, emphasizing the use of renewable energies, pollution control and soil and water conservation. Slide 38: 5. Develop sophisticated scientific projects and models on the impact of climate change so as to better understand and predict the intensity and geography of climate change and develop region-specific solutions.
6. Give population control, education, health and sustainable transport the priority they deserve.
7. Create financial incentives to encourage carbon sequestration and storage and penalize irresponsible carbon emissions.
8. Play a more positive global role and demand that industrial nations cut back sharply on carbon emissions. Slide 39: Consume less, waste less, walk and use public transport.
Protest against deforestation and support those working to regenerate natural ecosystems. Plantations of eucalyptus do not really help combat climate change as they will soon be cut for commerce. Plant native trees.
Use solar and wind energy even if these cost marginally more now. Convince your housing society to use your building terrace for a community solar facility.
Switch to energy-saving appliances. Turn computers and other electric gadgets off when not in use.
Recycle newspapers, bottles – everything you can. What can we do? Slide 40: 7. Think before you take that next flight. Air travel leaves a huge carbon footprint. Trains are more climate-friendly.
If you are building that dream home – think green. Ask your architect to design an energy efficient home.
Learn all you can about climate change and share your knowledge with others. Watch the films ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘The 11th Hour’.
10. Say “NO” to plastic bags and urge your neighborhood to follow suit.
11. Vegetarians have a lower carbon footprint than non- vegetarians.
12. Buy local goods, rather than materials from afar, which have been transported using fossil fuels. Slide 42: About Green Yatra
Green Yatra is a non-profit; Non-Government Organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of our Mother Nature Earth and its Environment. We strive to maintain the integrity of the ecosystems for the benefit of all living creatures by introducing and adopting a simple, Eco friendly, Green Lifestyle, Ideas to our day to day lives.
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