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This article focuses on information specific to India. Please see our Climate action page for a topic overview.

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Calculations in 2021 showed that, for giving the world a 50% chance of avoiding a temperature rise of 2 degrees or more India should increase its climate commitments by 55%.: Table 1  For a 95% chance it should increase the commitments by 147%. For giving a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees India should increase its commitments by 191%.

There have been school strikes for climate organised by activists such as Disha Ravi.

Tribal people in India's remote northeast planned to honor former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in 2007 with an award for promoting awareness on climate change that they say will have a devastating impact on their homeland.

Meghalaya- meaning 'Abode of the Clouds' in Hindi—is home to the towns of Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, which are credited with being the wettest places in the world due to their high rainfall. But scientists state that global climate change is causing these areas to experience an increasingly sparse and erratic rainfall pattern and a lengthened dry season, affecting the livelihoods of thousands of villagers who cultivate paddy and maize. Some areas are also facing water shortages.

People are becoming aware of the ills of global warming. Taking initiative on their own people from Sangamner, Maharashtra (near Shirdi) have started a campaign of planting trees known as Dandakaranya- The Green Movement. It was started by visionary & ace freedom fighter the late Shri Bhausaheb Thorat in 2005. To date, they have sowed more than 12 million seeds & planted half a million plants.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

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  • India Climate, promoting critical thinking about and fresh analysis of climate change and its impacts on India and the South Asian region.

News and comment[edit | edit source]

Climate change in India[edit | edit source]

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India was ranked seventh among the list of countries most affected by climate change in 2019. India emits about 3 gigatonnes (Gt) CO2eq of greenhouse gases each year; about two and a half tons per person, which is less than the world average. The country emits 7% of global emissions, despite having 17% of the world population. The climate change performance index of India ranks eighth among 63 countries which account for 92% of all GHG emissions in the year 2021.

Temperature rises on the Tibetan Plateau are causing Himalayan glaciers to retreat, threatening the flow rate of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Yamuna and other major rivers. A 2007 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report states that the Indus River may run dry for the same reason. Severe landslides and floods are projected to become increasingly common in such states as Assam.. Heat waves' frequency and intensity are increasing in India because of climate change. Temperatures in India have risen by 0.7 °C (1.3 °F) between 1901 and 2018.

According to some current projections, the number and severity of droughts in India will have markedly increased by the end of the present century.

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

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SMV Green, Ashden Awards 2019
Authors: Ashden, Jul 4, 2019
  • smvgreen.com, Varanasi based social enterprise that works to provide safe, clean and affordable mobility in the last mile transportation, assisting people from marginalized communities to get a livelihood in sustainable transport. added 11:42, 29 April 2021 (UTC)
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Ecocabs, wikipedia:Fazilka#Intra-city-Ecocabs

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Critical Mass bicycle rides in India

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

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  • Wikipedia:Gurgaon#Raahgiri Day: The city of Gurgaon organizes Raahgiri Day every Sunday and is modeled after Ciclovía, an event that began in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, which closes streets to cars and opens them for the exclusive use of people for running, cycling, skating, or other recreational activities. It is a concept adopted by several cities around the world. Gurgaon is the first and only city in India to hold this event. Launched in November 2013, over 2,00,000 people have participated in this event since then. Raahgiri Day is organized by a team of NGOs and citizens' groups. The NGOs associated with the event are Peddal Yatri, India Cycle Service, EMBARQ India, I am Gurgaon and Road Safety Officers.

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Keywords climate
SDG SDG13 Climate action
Authors Phil Green
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Language English (en)
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Created May 9, 2021 by Phil Green
Modified August 12, 2023 by Phil Green
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