Himalayan Communities through a statement joined the call for equity and fair share in global climate action and warn the global community of the irreparable damage that will be caused if the Himalayan ecosystems are disturbed.
Issuing a statement at the end of the first phase of state wide 15-day Swaraj Abhiyan Yatra, organised by Himalaya Niti Abhiyan, Himalayan Communities said climate science paints a frightening picture- one that tells us that urgent and dramatic action is needed to have any chance at stopping irreversible global warming.
Himalaya Niti Abhiyan organised 15 day Himachal Pradesh
state wide Swaraj Abhiyan Yatra focusing on local self-governance, forest rights and climate justices form 21 November 2015 to 5 December 2015 in first phase. Yatra was launched from Ricong pio Kinour on 21 Nov and ended on 4th
Dec at Jadera Chamba. Second phase will be launched after break and will culminate on 24th
of Dec at Balichouki Mandi.They said that the Himalayan States and particularly Himachal Pradesh demands the formulation of an industrial policy that intensively promotes decentralised and green growth. Opportunities are abound with Horticulture, Medicinal Plants, agriculture, decentralized power generation systems, community based tourism.
Himalayan Communities expressed concern over the deleterious effect of the massive change in the ecosystems, displacement and deprivation of people and the poor rate of assimilation of local employees in the industry (under 10 per cent as against a stated policy of 70 per cent) is a clarion call for change.
“While the State seems to be trying to extend the current concessions, it is clear that this model only benefits the investors and investment bankers, the owners, the managers, corrupt politicians and other elite while crushing the local people and annihilating the local environment which will have long term implications on the ecosystems and the community,” said the Himalayan Communities.
In an era when Climate Change is a widely debated issue, they called for an urgent change in the industrial policies and the package for promotion should clearly aim at green growth.
They demanded to stop Destructive Development seeking complete abandon of further development of large hydropower and to keep Himalayas free from subsidy and incentive driven Mining and industrialisation. They also demanded to increase resilience and adaptive capacity by enhancing observational and monitoring network, seed management, crop diversification and alternative livelihoods.
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