COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, was an event in which less than 1,0004 percent of the population gathered to discuss our situation. World leaders, through their decisions on how to reduce global warming, have the power to decide who will live and who should die. Keeping temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) is not negotiable, however, we are not on track to achieve this. According to the Climate Action Tracker, even the targets we promised at COP26 will be moving towards 2.4C (4.3F) temperature.
Among these, COP26 has been criticized as the “most exclusive” conference ever held in civil society organizations, people from Global South and those with disabilities. The COP26 Coalition, a UK-based NGO, said two-thirds of the people it helped to travel to Glasgow had failed due to visa bans, legal challenges and COVID-19 vaccine inequality due to non-compliance. get vaccinated. This was especially painful in the Global South, where many people refused to attend. Veterans from Global South who managed to stay at COP26 despite these difficulties have been removed pictures and removed by media. With the exception of Global South is a common topic in climate negotiations and negotiations.
When we are removed, our voices are silent, our experiences are vague and the realities of the climate in Global South are unclear. The only exception is the refusal to accept the approach of climate change and set it as a future problem with millions dying today.
Young people all over the world are worried about the future, and rightly so, but a negative view shows that more people would rather care about the future of white children than black, Brown and Indian children. If this continues, then we have already lost.
In my country, India, the weather problem is a caller who has taken over our homes. She’s not ready for another day – she’s already here. Currently the world is at 1.2C (2.2F) higher than in the past and this is cruel to most people in India.
Less than 50 percent of Indians have access to safe drinking water. Drought, as well as the high demand for groundwater, make the water extremely difficult. Lack of clean water means poor hygiene, especially during an epidemic. In some villages, drought is a thing of the past. About 20 percent of the world is experiencing drought-like conditions.
In some places, heavy rains are the norm. Last month, the southern part of Kerala was flooded by landslides due to heavy rains. This killed 42 people and left thousands dead. In northern India, a typhoon hit Uttarakhand province, causing flooding and killing at least 46 people. In my hometown, Bengaluru, the airport was flooded by unprecedented rainfall.
We in India have been facing many weather problems from hurricanes, floods, landslides to heat and drought this year. We know how it feels to be affected by the weather crisis in detail.
I first became aware of future concerns among Fridays for Future International activists when I joined the movement in 2019. Our campaigns and discussions were future, and did not reflect the views of the oppressed, like the ancient races. who had been deprived of their land and surrounded by the name of coal in the Hasdeo jungle in India, or people who had seen their homes washed away by floods.
Our messages did not even come close to covering up the meaning of being an Adivasi (Native) freedom fighter like Hidme Markam who was arrested earlier this year and charged with criminal conspiracy to punish conservationists. A 28-year-old women’s rights activist and women’s rights activist has been protesting against the mines and human rights of the area and defending Adivasis in prison on false charges.
Environmentalists including me (I was detained for 10 days and released on bail in February during a farmers’ protest) are being punished by the Indian government for begging for land. Sudha Bharadwaj, a human rights activist, lawyer, and teacher, spent 60 years in prison on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s commitment to COP26, promising to include political neutrality in 2070 and an increase in the proportion of solar, wind, and other sources. non-oily. Bharadwaj worked to secure better pay for workers and the rights to Adivasis but was accused of being a Maoist who wanted to overthrow the government. Three years after his arrest, the trial began.
On the same day as Modi’s announcement, more than 50 Adivasis groups in the Chhattisgarh region traveled 30km (19 kilometers) to signal an increase in air pollution caused by burning vegetation in Raigarh. People in these areas have been stripped of their land and forests to build coal mines. Coal has damaged their health and well-being, yet our minister wants to expand coal mines. Last year, India launched the trade of 38 new mining blocks. Some of them pass through the ancestral territory of Adivasis.
I could not see the injustice in my country, and I was determined to change that.
At Fridays for the Future, I raised the issue of how our vision for the future took us away from reality and we cannot continue this. We cannot fail to show the loss and damage that is happening in the Global South now. If we do, we will be doing injustice to Adivasis and environmentalists in the face of climate change.
This is why we at Fridays for Future decided to launch a MAP – People and Areas of Greater Affiliation. The MAP is designed to ensure that the focus is on the people most affected by climate change, to focus on the present, not our future. We have been working to monitor the voices of those most affected by our campaign, as well as to testify to the damage and damage that results from today’s climate crisis.
To address the root causes of climate change, we need media organizations, human rights activists and governments to approve the speed and approach of climate change. In order to promote climate change, we need to change the way we communicate. We need to be in the moment. And we need to put on the white robe of nature because if we do not fight today – there is no future.
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