Sunday, April 27, 2008

Right to climate and green growth: conference in India

Economic Times (India): Leading national civil society organisations from India, Pakistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangaladesh demanded right to climate and green growth at the First Asian Commonwealth Conference on Climate and Disaster Risks.

The participants from 43 national civil society organisation argued that the performance of various climate change related national plans, initiatives, committees, and funds in Asia need civil society contributions, cooperation and even contestations.

….There is little known about the overlap between the climate risk and disaster risk. “To the poor and vulnerable a flood is a flood. For the citizens climate change is a local issue. By making it a global issue we weaken the citizen action,” said Mihir Bhatt of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI).

A road in Chennai, India, where this conference was held. Photo by "nikkul," Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License.

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