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					GREEN YATRA
  PRESENT
CLIMATE CHANGE
Homo sapiens – intelligent mind, disobedient lifestyle.
The Himalaya, India’s damaged water source.
The snow leopard’s fate is sealed as climate change destroys its frozen abode.
The role of wetlands as carbon sinks is only now being understood.
Climate change threatens the Lesser Fishing Eagle… and humans.
Protecting the tiger and its home is a climate change control imperative.
Olive Ridley turtle habitats buffer humans from the impact of sea surges.
The habitat of the whale shark is at greater risk than terrestrial ecosystems.
Species diversity is critical to the climate control role of forests.
Deforestation is responsible for nearly 26% of India’s green
house emissions.
Photo: Jiling Gao


Rise in temperature by 4oC or more will seriously affect global food production.
Preventing forest fires is not a wildlife issue. It’s a human survival strategy.
Mangroves sequester carbon but could be climate change’s first
victims.
Low cost fuel source = long term climate change disaster.
Short term mining profits – but what do we do when there is no more water?
Alternate energy options exist. Yet India plans to expand its coal-based
thermal power plant capacity by 300 per cent in the next decade.
We all want the good life, but for this, we must first have a life!
  The Mithi
River tragedy
 was human-
 caused. So
   far, no
lessons have
been learned.
Mumbai could lose as much as 2,00,000 crores to climate change damage.
Estimated global mean temperatures over the past 100,000 years.
                                                 Source: IPCC


Global mean land and sea-surface temperature anomalies.
              Source: IPCC




Projected global mean surface temperature changes in recent historical context.
Source: IPCC
               Atmospheric
               concentratio
               ns of carbon
                 dioxide,
               methane and
                  nitrous
                oxide over
               the last 1000
                  years.
Source: IPCC
“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
Yes. Let us debate the carbon-energy issue -- not whether it causes
climate change, but the strategies needed to wean ourselves away
from carbon.
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.
This stick insect imagines it will live forever. We are no different.
                                   Photo: Dr. Anish Andheria/Sanctuary
                                   Photolibrary




Kids for Tigers, the Sanctuary Tiger Programme works with
one million Indian children and is preparing them to
combat climate change.
Gaumukh –
religious
trauma
today.
Eroded food
security
tomorrow.
  What can India do?
1. 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.
2. Prevent deforestation, which accounts for nearly 26 per
   cent of all greenhouse emissions in India.
3. Develop new and alternate energy technologies (wind,
   solar and tidal) and bring policies – fiscal, regulatory,
   environmental – in line with climate change imperatives.
4. Invest in making power generation and distribution
   more efficient, emphasizing the use of renewable
   energies, pollution control and soil and water
   conservation.
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.
   What can we do?
1. Consume less, waste less, walk and use public transport.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Switch to energy-saving appliances. Turn computers and
   other electric gadgets off when not in use.
5. Save water.
6. Recycle newspapers, bottles – everything you can.
7. Think before you take that next flight. Air travel
   leaves a huge carbon footprint. Trains are more
   climate-friendly.
8.    If you are building that dream home – think green.
     Ask your architect to design an energy efficient home.
9.    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.
                           About Green Yatra

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    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
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