Commemorating Environment Day – 5th June 2017 with Seed ball events
Tree plantation is an easy strategy to cater to climate change mitigation as well as aid in climate change adaptation. In order to cover the vast tracts of barren and degraded lands with relative ease, rather than tree plantation, seed balls are planted or scattered in the vast tracts of land and left to nature to do its regeneration works. This activity is most preferred before arrival of monsoons. Benefit of seed balls scattering over scattering the bare seeds is that the chances of seeds being consumed by rodents or birds or other insects is avoided, also seed balls wont roll away easily or be blown away by winds or flown away by water easily and thirdly they will only germinate when rain has fallen and conditions are favourable for seeds to germinate. Thus if we look at resource efficiency and outcome it makes perfect sense to work on seed balls as chances of germination and making the barren land green are much higher with lesser effort.
A tree plantation drive was organized to commemorate Earth Day 22nd April, Saturday at Amruta Society Park at Rajkot, Gujarat, India. It was citizen driven initiative with support from RMC (Rajkot Municipal Corporation) by way of providing space and plants. The effort was to bring in community building and environment consciousness and action for better and greener environment promoting positive social changes for and by Rajkot citizens under the aegis of Ecology club of Rajkot while making it an active club to host more and all such events for greening our city making it climate resilient in a way.
In the first ever cycling event held by Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), Rotary Mid town Rajkot Cycling Club (RCC) and others, January 29 2017 would be etched in memory for Rajkot citizens who observed and participated in good numbers. This is a personal account of the cyclothon event participation and its connections to broader climate change, pollution and civic sense issues.
This is an Article based on the Expert Talk by Dr Debal Deb at Akshat Mohatsav – a unique Rice heritage exhibition | Ahmedabad | 16-17 April 2016 and my thoughts interweaved.
Akshat Mohatsav – was a unique Rice heritage exhibition held at Ahmedabad on 16-17th April, 2016. This unique rice heritage exhibition showcased 1800 varieties of traditional rice varieties from 11 states ( Sikkim, Assam, Jharkhand, West Bengal, MadhyaPradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala) of India.
On October 11, 2015 there was a wall painting event of birds at Randarda lake, Rajkot by various artists organised by Smart city Trust. Various locally spotted birds were painted on walls.
In an attempt to spread the awareness of birds, Ms Chinmai Hemani, (a Climate change professional) has tried to create a small pocket sized booklet titled “Why do birds matter?” under creative commons – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA. It is open source thus if you are a bird enthusiast and know many more birds then mentioned here, please feel free to contact and help add to this resource and improvise.
The booklet is freely downloadable. One can freely remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as you credit the author and license your new creations under the identical terms mentioned above.
Birds of Rajkot by Ms Chinmai Hemani_A4 size
Why do birds matter? by Ms. Chinmai Hemani is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Climate change projections for 2100 suggest a best estimate of global average surface temperature to rise by 4 ºC (IPCC, 2007). With a 4°C rise in global mean temperature, inundation of coastal areas, increased intensity of tropical cyclones; unprecedented heat waves, exacerbated water scarcity; increasing risks for food production and irreversible loss of biodiversity is not far fetched with far reaching impacts on the developing countries which have inherent weak adaptive capacity and improper governance mechanism in place.
A current vulnerability assessment study can then be a starting point for the communities to learn the impacts of climate change and adapt to it. This study also attempts to make an overall vulnerability assessment framework which integrates physical, social and environment vulnerability assessment.
This case study findings suggests with respect to developing countries what are the major impediments that add to the vulnerability of the coastal rural communities?
This study is now available on Springer’s Handbook on Climate change Adaptation here