climate change

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Petition to Prakash Javadekar, Babul Supriyo, Amina J. Mohammed, Ana Maria Menéndez

Young Children & Citizens demand Declaration of Climate Emergency and Climate Crises

With record temperatures gripping Europe, widespread drought in South America, and ever-decreasing ice coverage in Greenland, floods in some parts of India and draught in other parts of India, the effects of climate change are being felt globally. As some nations drag their feet on enacting environmental policies or are slowed down by politics, some cities worldwide are taking matters in their own hands and declaring the climate emergency. Worst ​climate catastrophes in the making World food ​production ​decline, affecting almost   ​all main producing regions Increasing ​extreme weather​Arctic multiple amplifying feedbacksDeep ocean warming leading to methane release from subsea floor gas hydrateDying oceans- warming ​+deoxygenation​​​ +acidificationAmazon collapse​Mass extinction ​​of almost all lifeWho will monitor: Despite a vast array of pledges and policy changes, many declarations have been made in a more symbolic way. While hundreds of cities and regions are declaring climate emergencies and pledging various levels of commitments, who will be monitoring their progress? The Answer is: the citizens with the help of environmental watchdogs will monitor the progress. Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war... These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe. A large proportion of declarations are made as a result of public pressure, with citizens intent of seeing action done to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. These declarations are part of a much larger movement that has been spurred by a younger generation that feels betrayed by the lack of action taken by governments worldwide. Climate change has been listed as one of the major concerns by younger generations, and they are determined to ensure that their future is not compromised by short-term decision-making.  Who does the emergency apply to:  The list has grown fast over the past decade. Now it is almost all of us alive today, and certainly applies to all today's children everywhere and certainly ​to all future Generations. What Should the Government of India do? By declaring a climate emergency, the cities can adopt more powers to help curb the effects of climate changeThe Indian Government needs to declare an emergency and put resources in place to enable State Governments to help reduce carbon emissionsThe government needs to put India on a path to a very rapid transition, and towards a future in which we end our contribution to climate change. This means getting to net zero emissions as quickly as possible – by 2025 at the latest. India must stop support for fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, and invest in renewable energy, electric vehicles and climate-neutral homes as well as protecting and restoring natural habitats such as forests at home. This transition can and should be delivered in a way that creates high quality jobs, reduces inequality and helps communities to thrive. An ethical and moral response to this emergency would be based around the goal of maximum protection of human and non-human life.  Maximum protection would mean reversing global warming and creating a global cooling as soon as possible. To create a global cooling, we need to: 1. Reduce our emissions to as close to zero as possible in all sectors of our economy, including energy, agriculture, landuse, and industrial process; and 2. Draw down past emissions. The emergency now recognised in the UN Paris Agreement recognising the climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet. Also recognizing that deep reductions in global emissions will be required in order to achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention and emphasizing the need for urgency in addressing climate change' There is a very long list of very damaging global climate change effects.  People will be aware of a big increase in all kinds of extreme weather impacts over the past decade​, which has dramatically demonstrated how this category of global climate change impacts is the most damaging to human populations and to their food crops. These have all been caused by a global warming of 0.8C, but we are committed (locked in) to a future warming several times today's- without an emergency response now. ​​ It is impossible to adapt to all these interacting increasing impacts​​- though we are bound to try.  “We can’t solve an emergency without treating it like an emergency” I HUMBLY REQUEST YOU TO KINDLY SIGN THE PETITION CIRCULATE THIS IN YOUR GROUPS AND DATA BASE FOR MAXIMUM SIGNATURES 

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Petition to Shri Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Shri Eknath Shinde, Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray

Save the Hills of Maharashtra

To, Shri Aaditya Uddhav ThackerayHon. Minister - Environment & Climate Change Government of Maharashtra Shri Eknath ShindeHon. Minister - Urban Development Government of Maharashtra Copy to - Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray Dear Sirs, Reference:    1. Judgment and order passed by Hon. National Green Tribunal, Western Zone bench at Pune in OA No. 4/2014 (Aam Aadmi Lokmanch vs State of Maharashtra)    2. Maharashtra State GR No. TPS 1817/.. Dt 14/11/2017 giving effect to the judgment and order at Ref. No.1, giving protection to citizens and hills & hill-slopes by ordering of “no-construction” zone up to 100 ft of end of hill slope Subject: State Govt to immediately file review petition in Supreme Court against the Supreme Court order dated 14/07/2020 which has set aside the above GR.     1. We write this as citizens concerned with the rampant destruction of hills and hill slopes across Maharashtra. The hills are irreplaceable natural resources which provide oxygen, host biodiversity. Hills are home to innumerable endemic flora & fauna. The hills are of immense geological and hydro geological significance as natural groundwater recharge zones; their aquifers provide essential lifeline of groundwater to villages, towns and cities of Maharashtra.     2. However, rampant construction, encroachment and hill-cutting have resulted in severe ecological damage and caused many disasters. Malin, near Bhimashankar, Dist. Pune in 2014, where 151 citizens lost their lives; Ghatkopar in Mumbai in 2000 where over 67 citizens lost their lives to landslide; and many such instances have been happening with alarming regularity across Maharashtra, year after year. What little was done to prevent the disasters, has now been reversed by the latest order of the Hon. Supreme Court.     3. On 6th June 2013, an incident in Shindewadi, in Katraj Ghat, Pune caused the death of two innocent citizens – a young mother and her daughter were swept away to a horrific end. The cause of the incident was the careless extensive hill cutting at the site of the accident. Based on a petition filed by a Pune based NGO, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its order dated 19/5/2015 had directed the State Government to pass appropriate orders to local bodies to not allow permission for any construction upon a zone of 100 feet from the end of hill slope.     4. The NGT order and the GR issued by Maharashtra Govt. were challenged in the High Court and Supreme Court by parties with pure commercial interests particularly in the construction sector. The Supreme Court on 14th July 2020 passed an order setting aside the aforementioned NGT order and the Mah State GR.     5. We draw your attention to the Hon. Supreme Court order and the observations mentioned in para 90 @ page 73. The order establishes that the Maharashtra Government failed to provide expert reports and adequate reasoning to support their GR issued in Nov 2017. It is appalling that the State of Maharashtra did not present facts and evidence of the numerous environmental accidents of humongous proportions which happen every year, nor of the human and animal lives lost, nor of the property damaged due to hill/hill-slope destruction.     6. How could the ecological significance of hills as aquifers, hills as biodiversity parks, hills as forests, hills as oxygen producing lungs, hills as carbon sequestering natural climate change mitigation resources be completely ignored? How could the Maharashtra Government conveniently forget Malin, Ghaktopkar, Shindewadi and the numerous such man-made and hence avoidable disasters? Why none of the above was even deemed necessary to be presented during the proceedings before the Hon. Supreme Court?     7. Apart from Town-Planning, numerous other government agencies such as Public Works, Highways, Forests, Rural Development and Irrigation are constantly engaged in various infrastructure projects across the state of Maharashtra and many regions are hilly or extremely hilly. It is not as if the factors causing large-scale tragedies have now been completely obviated. On the other hand, the setting aside of the aforementioned NGT order and the State GR intended to protect citizens and the Environment, brings back the perils of hill-slope destruction.  We earnestly appeal to the Maharashtra State Government to file a review petition immediately in the Supreme Court and present facts and reports and highlight the dire necessity to protect our citizens and our hills which the State Govt as custodian of the natural wealth is duty-bound to do, according to law. For Save Hills of Maharashtra movement Various NGOs of Maharashtra Attachments     1. NGT Order Dt 19/5/2015    2. State Govt GR Dt 14/11/2017    3. Supreme Court Order Dt 14/7/2020 Annexures - Media    1.    2.    3.    4.    5.    6. Annexures - Research     1. Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan    2. Cente for Disaster Management, Mussoorie    

Save Hills of Maharashtra
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Petition to Maharashtra State Environment Minister

Appeal to hold Public Consultations on revision of MH State Adaptation Action Plan on CC

The 2014 version of the Maharashtra State Adaptation Action Plan on Climate Change (MSAAPCC) is under revision. NOW is the right time for the communities and civil society to participate in the revision process and give their inputs before the revised draft gets finalized and public call is issued for feedback. Climate change affects all the residents of the state, more so the marginalized communities, which is why all of them are stakeholders in the state’s flagship climate change policy like MSAAPCC. We, therefore, earnestly request the Hon. Environment Minister of the State that:1) While the revised version of MSAAPCC is still in the drafting phase, kindly call for large-scale public participation through region-wise extended meetings and public consultations to be conducted in-person and in Marathi language so that common people and marginalized communities can also participate in this critical process of policymaking. In case of COVID-19 risk and inability to conduct consultations in-person, kindly call for online meetings organized and facilitated with the help of local government agencies across Maharashtra. 2) Also kindly involve Gram and Area Sabhas in such a participatory process in all areas of Maharashtra to ensure implementation of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments (along with the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils (Amendment) Act, 2009), to enable true decentralization in the process of MSAAPCC implementation and accountability. 3) Make climate policies like 2014 MSAAPCC and 2018 Compendium of Sectoral Climate Action Plans available and accessible in Marathi so that common people in Maharashtra can access them participate well in their revision and implementation process. If MSAAPCC revision process can be done with due public participation starting with the drafting phase, it can prove to be the golden opportunity to transform the way Maharashtra deals with its climate risks and build its leadership in the country in this global fight for human survival and prosperity. Public participation is also critical in this revision process of MSAAPCC because its 2014 version was backed by very little public participation and has been unable to:a. Accommodate in its scope the climate risks of multiple marginalized groups including women farmers, urban informal workers, slum residents, or climate refugees. b. Ensure accountability and transparency in the implementation of the policy. c. Create public awareness and mobilize masses including youth for climate action and resilience. d. Achieve climate resilience in any of the critical area including agriculture, water, forests, or energy. e. Make climate change adaptation solutions and funds accessible and available to the masses. Public consultations have already been done in some states of India for the formulation of state action plan on climate change and has given good results. Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar were among the states that engaged in extensive public consultations from 2011 to 2014 when their state action plans were being finalized for the first time. Among these, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh have been able to establish sustained participation of local communities in climate action and the results are being appreciated widely. In addition, many other countries are also incorporating public consultations as key processes of climate policy making. Climate change is the biggest threat that earth and human civilization is facing at present and much about it is still unknown. It is not something that only governments can handle without much involvement of civil society and common people. Kindly allow us to join you in this fight and help you in all aspects starting from policy making. We all are looking forward to an opportunity to participate in collective and collaborative climate action in Maharashtra so that all marginalized sections and communities in the state can be integrated for better and equitable climate resilience.

South Asian People's Action on Climate Crisis (SAPACC) - Maharashtra
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