With the world gearing up for climate talks at an international stage in Paris this December, both national and state level actions in India have not left any stone unturned. Aligning with India’s efforts on climate change, progressive states in the country are coming forward to highlight climate change as one of the top priorities.
Madhya Pradesh, a leading state in climate resilient and low carbon development actions, organised a two day national conference “Simhastha 2015: Global Warming and Climate Change- A Way Out”. This conference being organised by Government of Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal prior to the Simhastha Kumbh Mela scheduled in Ujjain in 2016, brought forward the pressing issues regarding climate change.
“With global discourse on climate change, domestic actions at state and local were equally important for India” Chief Minister, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan said at the conference. He said that Madhya Pradesh is increasingly witnessing extreme unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms, therefore identifying solutions for climate change and maintaining the balance in nature are important for a sustainable living.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, while delivering the inaugural address said “The battle that humanity needs to fight is against climate change, poverty and inequality. Finance is not the pre-requisite to tackle climate change but behavior change towards a resilient development is equally important”.
The national conference highlighted that these efforts for supporting domestic and local actions on climate change are crucial for socio-economic development in states such as Madhya Pradesh and will help to safeguard sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water resources and forestry etc.
In an interview during the conference, Mr. Anand Kumar, Development Alternatives who has actively been working in Madhya Pradesh on the issues of climate change said, “Over past 50 years Madhya Pradesh has witnessed increase in annual average temperature and decrease in monsoon rainfall. These pressures clearly indicate that the cross cutting concerns of climate change therefore needs immediate attention. Both climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts are necessary for sustainable development in the state.”