The Glasgow Dialogue: What Happened and What Next for L&D Finance

The purpose of the side event was to Bring the negotiators and civil society  together to reflect on the Glasgow Dialogue and looking forward to what comes next in delivering
finance to address L&D. The Glasgow Dialogue (GD) was, from the beginning, a diversionary tactic with no substantive outcomes. But what is broken can be mended. Whilst the outcome is not looking as though it will be strong enough to build trust in this session however it has led to promising progress. We see developed countries are open to conversation and understanding but still need help with the clarity of certain aspects of the finance needs. We do question where this need for clarity arises from though. Considering the limitations of the GD,  and the urgency of action needed, it is our (negotiators, CSOs alike) collective responsibility to mend this broken process and make it relevant to science and urgency.

Civil Society consultation on
“Promoting Green Inclusive and Resilient Cities in South Asia”

In a 1.2-degree warmer world, it is no surprise that weather patterns are becoming unpredictable and climate events showing new extreme. The world is witnessing just what is being predicted by climate science and explained in subsequent IPCC reports. South Asia has just seen its worst ever summer season where northern parts of both India and Pakistan braved 45 degree and above temperatures, Nepal saw a dry and hot summer with rainfall deficit to highest degrees and Bangladesh witnessed urban flooding without any alarm bells. In this backdrop, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) organized a civil society consultation to understand the urgency of action by the governments, civil society and communities and explore ways to work together and mitigate the current crisis while getting prepared for future catastrophes that are bound to strike in the region again and again.

Resolving South Asia’s Clean Air and Health Crisis – Phasing out Fossil Fuels for Clean Air – Evidence from Medical Professionals

The discussion comprised speakers from the partner CSOs, leading health professionals from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, and Hon. Parliamentarians from the four countries of the region.  The event organised by Climate Action Network (CANSA), Doctors for Clean Air and Climate Action (DFCA), Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPTT) & Climate Trends , is part of ongoing efforts to inform lawmakers and government representatives on ways to address the climate change and health crisis that is fuelled by air pollution caused by burning of fossil fuels.

Repository of Local Climate Solutions – A Precursor to Regional Collaboration and Advocacy

The Eco Village Development (EVD) is seen as an alternate pathway towards sustainable development of villages as a unit, and has been established through the demonstration villages set up in diverse socioeconomic, geographic and climatic conditions across Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India.  EVD is a basket of local solutions on renewable energy, accompanied with community mobilization, involvement of women and children and appropriate training and capacity building bringing lasting changes in communities. EVD promotes climate action by reducing GHG emission and building adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities.The EVD approach has been useful to communities where the local solutions were implemented resulting in augmented capacity of communities and improved livelihood.

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES FROM INDIA ENDORSE FOSSIL FUEL TREATY – Demand phase-out of dirty energy and just and equitable transition

The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial revolution. The world is beginning to recognize that unprecedented levels of international cooperation will be required to prevent the proliferation of fossil fuels, phase out existing stockpiles and infrastructure, and fast-track a just and peaceful transition to safer and cleaner alternatives. 
Just as fifty years ago, the world needed a treaty to defuse the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, the world today needs a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.  
Studies of health impacts of coal and power plants from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have revealed that a vast range of impacts on the physical and mental health of populations residing in the vicinity of such projects. While coal is used for various purposes, electricity generation and steel production are the two biggest consumers of domestic coal in India.