This is a guest post from one of our top organizers, Mr. Prabhat Mishra from Etawah district, Uttar Pradesh. As part of the Red Tape Movement, Mr. Mishra has organized several actions as part of Earth Day, Earth Hour, 350.org’s Connect the Dots and many more days of action.
Working with the Government, Mr. Mishra has taken special interest in environmental issues and has been instrumental in mobilizing hundreds of villagers across the district for climate action. People of Aasayi village in the district took part in Climate Impacts Day on May 5th earlier this year where locals gathered for a human art formation depicting the need to safeguard their fragile forests.
Here he proposes some of the ideas he believes are needed in India to arrest rising emissions and mitigate climate change.
With rising carbon emissions across the planet, the need for a concerted effort to tackle climate change is only growing. Here are a few suggestions, which need urgent attention:
1. There should be a “WORLD COMMISSION FOR SCIENCE AND DEVELOPMENT” for promoting the researches and developmental works which have zero to low carbon emissions.
2. Our investment in R & D should be more on the development of “RENEWABLE ENERGY” like solar, tidal, wind and water energies, apart from developing “low carbon emission technologies”.
3. There should be a big role and support for civil society institutions in implementing environment friendly plans & projects of government.
4. There should be effective “AWARENESS programmes at grassroots level”, to save the environment from degradation. 350.org is doing an excellent job in this regard.
5. Carbon capping should not be the one way legislation programme against developing nations. DEVELOPED nations should provide financial help and green technology transfer to DEVELOPING nations, to phase-out the fossil fuels.
More about the Red Tape Movement can be found online at http://redtapemovementcommunity.blogspot.in/ and on the Facebook group and via an active Twitter page. Mr. Mishra works as an Assistant Director [National Savings] in District Etawah of Uttar Pradesh. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.