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NEWSLETERRE 
“ 
Chairman Message 
Issue 10 october 2014 
Is a Global Climate Treaty Only a Pipe Dream? 
When industrialized countries agreed communities, businesses and coalitions are 
in Kyoto way back in 1997 to produce 5 taking up without any international 
percent fewer greenhouse gases in 2008- agreement. 
2012 than they did in 1990, it was clear that The Rocke f e l l e r Founda t ion 
would never lead to a stabilization of global announced that it would disinvest all 
warming, which nearly all countries had itsassets in fossil energy starting with $100 
pledged to seek in the 1992Rio summit. billion. Over 180institutions, organizations 
Indeed the objective of But coming out of and pension funds have begun to follow. 
the Kyoto’s magnificent conference hall, I The first ever Global Agricultural Alliance 
consoled myself that this small step would was launched to enable 500million farmers 
lead to a giant step later. That giant step worldwide to practice climate-smart 
never came, though. After 17 years, agriculture by2030. Climate and Clean Air 
emissions are 60 percent greater, not 5 Coalition, a voluntary group of nearly 
percent less. 100states and non-state actors pledged to 
The international climate agreement reduce short-lived green house gases such 
also failed miserably in meeting its pledge to as black carbon, methane and hydrofluoro 
provide developing countries with $10 carbons. 
billion a year until 2010-2012, rising to 100 But to stabilize greenhouse gases and 
billion per year later, to mitigate the effects limit the earth’s temperature rise to 2 degree 
of climate change and help them deal with Celsius, we need a third way to help 
their own rising emissions as a result of communities, businesses and coalitions 
needed development. acting on their own agreements. We need 
The Kyoto Protocol’s tenure is over the United Nations, with its multilateralism, 
and negotiations for the next protocol, to to be a coordinator of all activities, to 
be agreed to in Paris in 2015, have started. provide an early warning alarm to growing 
The world would be better with an dangers, to identify the gaps between 
alternative approach. actions undertaken and actions needed, to 
I witnessed the emergence of prevent conflicts and inspire all to act and 
promising protocols -- albeit of different act as of urgency. 
nature -- during the United Nations Climate International agreements, like the 
Summit. Not only the march of hundreds Montreal Protocol, were needed to save the 
of thousand of people from all the strataof ozone layer. But that was an exception. 
the society, but also the innovations that Continued on page 3 
Terre Publishes a policy 
paper on Municipal Solid 
Waste Management- 
Challenges in Transforming 
Waste into Potential Resource 
for the Sustainable Society 
Poverty, Climate Change and 
Municipal Solid Waste 
management are interlinked 
challenges of our times. The 
present crisis– be it financial, faith 
or food- are the visible 
manifestation of our inability of to 
address these challenges head- on,” 
said Rajendra Shende, Chairman 
of TERRE Policy Centre and 
former Director of UNEP while 
releasing the Policy Paper on 
Challenges in Transforming Waste 
into Potential Resource for the 
Sustainable Society, here in New 
York City, on the eve of the 
United Nations Climate Summit. 
The Policy Paper is jointly 
developed by TERRE Policy 
Centre and Sampurn (e) arth, a 
“ 
social enterprise supported by Tata 
Institute of Social Science in India 
and DBS Bank of Singapore.
PAGE 2 NEWSLETERRE 
General's Climate summit: “ Number of 
Summary of United Nations Secretary 
the Month 
61.36 
hottest August “ 
the average world 
temperature in 
August was 61.36 
degrees Fahrenheit, 
making it the Earth's 
Quick Question 
About how long 
does it take a 
Styrofoam cup to 
decompose? 
A) 10years 
B) 2 Months 
C) 400 years 
D) 150 years 
The answer to last quiz is We 
received few answers, but none 
was correct. In 1986 did the the 
International Whaling Commission 
(IWC) banned commercial 
whaling. 
If you know the answer, send in 
your entry to us at : 
info@terrepolicycentre.com 
The purpose of the 2014 
Climate Summit on 23 September 
was to raise political momentum 
for a meaningful universal climate 
agreement in Paris in 2015 and to 
galvanize transformative action in 
all countries to reduce emissions 
and build resilience to the adverse 
impacts of climate change. 
TERRE Chairman participated in the 
Summit. An unprecedented number of 
world leaders attended the Summit, 
including 100 Heads of State and 
Government. They were joined by more 
than 800 leaders from business, finance and 
civil society. The biggest event was 
however earlier day, on 22 nd September, 
when nearly 400,000 marched on the 
streets of New York in support of action 
on climate change. There were similar 
marches in other cities like Paris and New 
Delhi. 
Cutting Emissions, Financing the 
mitigation, and Risk management: 
F 
Eu r o p e a n Un i o n c o u n t r i e s 
committed to a target of reducing 
emissions to 40 per cent below 1990 
levels by 2030. 
Leaders from more than 40 countries, 
30 cities and dozens of corporations 
launched large-scale commitment to 
double the rate of global energy 
efficiency by 2030 through vehicle fuel 
efficiency, lighting, appliances, buildings 
and district energy. 
The New York Declaration on 
Forests, launched and supported by 
more than 150 partners, including 28 
g o v e r nme n t , 8 s u b n a t i o n a l 
governments, 35 companies, 16 
indigenous peoples groups, and 45 
NGO and civil society groups, aims to 
halve the loss of natural forests globally 
by 2030. 
Some of the world’s largest retailers 
of meat and agricultural products 
committed to adapt their supply chains 
to reduce emissions and build resilience 
to climate change. They will assist 500 
million farmers in the process. 
A new coalition of governments, 
bus ine s s, f inanc e, mul t i l a t e r a l 
development banks and civil society 
leaders announced their intent to 
mobilise over $200 billion for financing 
low-carbon and climate-resilient 
F 
F 
F 
F 
Interesting Videos 
The answer to last quiz is We 
received few answers, but none was 
correct. In 1986 did the the 
International Whaling Commission 
(IWC) banned commercial whaling. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= 
WUTKZhTF_Ik 
development. 
C o u n t r i e s s t r o n g l y 
reaffirmed their support for 
mobilising public and private 
finance to meet the $100 
billion dollar goal per annum 
by 2020. 
A new Compact of Mayors, 
F 
F 
representing 200 cities with a combined 
population of 400 million people, 
pledged new commitments to reduce 
annual emissions by between 12.4 and 
16.4 per cent. 
Climate and Clean Air Coalition 
(CCAC, avoluntary group of nearly 100 
states and non-state actors pledged to 
reduce greatly harmful short-lived 
greenhouse gases such as black carbon, 
methane and Hydroflurocarbons 
(HFCs) to get early benefits of reducing 
global warming. 
The Rockefeller Foundation 
announced that it would disinvest all its 
assets in fossil energy starting with USD 
100 Billion, having already dumped the 
coal and tar sands. Following the 
Rockefeller example, over 180 
institutions, organizations and pension 
funds have begun phasing out of fossil 
fuel investments. 
The International Development 
Finance Club (IDFC) announced that it 
is on track to increase direct 
green/climate financing to $100 billion a 
year for new climate finance activities by 
the end of 2015. 
Le a d i n g c omme r c i a l b a n k s 
announced their plans to issue $30 
billion of Green Bonds by 2015, and 
announced their intention to increase 
the amount placed in climate-smart 
development to 10 times the current 
amount by 2020. 
A coalition of institutional investors, 
committed to decarbonizing $100 billion 
by December 2015 and to measure and 
disclose the carbon footprint of at least 
$500 billion in investments. 
The insurance industry committed 
to double its green investments to $84 
billion by the end of 2015. 
F 
F 
F 
F 
F 
F 
For details see 
:http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/ 
un-climate-summit-ban-ki-moon-final-summary/
NEWSLETERRE PAGE 3 
Ecology and Nature balance 
n order to arouse a general forest animals and animals in human 
awakening in the common man in habitation. All the three types of living 
favor of protection of wildlife creatures found in the universe have I and ecology, the Indian board of Wild Life distance environment and every living 
decided to observe the Wildlife Week from creature has an environment of its own. 
October 2 - 8 every year. With a view to But when we look from man’s perspective 
preserve the fauna of India, particularly to all of them constitute his environment. 
take urgent steps to prevent extinction of There is a general feeling in the Vedic texts 
any species, the Government of India that animals should be safe, protected and 
established an Indian Board of Wild Life healthy. Domestic animals, as well as wild 
(IBWL) in 1952. The Board has since been animals along with human beings should 
doing pioneering work to arouse public live in peace under the control of certain 
consciousness in favor of wildlife deities like Rudra, Pushan etc. Vedic people 
preservation which helps for the ecological have shown anxious solicitude for welfare 
balance. of their cattle, cows, horses etc. The cow as 
From time immemorial, our wildlife the symbol of wealth and prosperity, 
has been closely associated with our occupied a very prominent place in the life 
legendary beliefs and with our epics and of the people in Vedic times. 
our history. Our lives would be very much An ima l s we r e r e ve r e d t o o. 
poorer without these varied forms that Kamadhenu was the wish-fulfilling cow, 
build up the balance of nature. whose offspring are all the cattle on earth. 
Preservation of wildlife need not and does The word "go" or cow was very important: 
not mean the blind perpetuation of all gopura was the entrance to the village, 
species and without any limit on numbers. gotra was the clan to which a person 
Wildlife preservation in fact implies active belonged, goshti was an assembly of good 
and planned wildlife management under men, gosarga and godhuli represented 
which all forms of life would progress side dawn and dusk, while gopa and govalla 
by side with human progress, each in its were officials. 
own sphere of influence and utility and Krishna even lifts Mount Govardhana 
without any detriment to human interests. to save cattle from Indra's wrath, a 
In fact, it is with this end in view that recurring theme in Indian art. But the 
wildlife sanctuaries and national parks have greatest honor given to animals was their 
been established and developed in suitable elevation as the vehicles of the gods, and as 
localities all over the country. the incarnations of Vishnu, roles that are 
Animals and birds are part of nature repeated in sculpture and painting. Shiva 
and environment. It is natural, therefore, rode the bull, Vishnu the eagle, Brahma the 
that Vedic seers have mentioned about their swan, and so on. 
characteristics and activities and have 
desired their welfare. Rig-Veda classifies 
them in three groups -sky animals like birds, 
Is a Global Climate ... 
From page 1 
Without international agreement the 
life expectancy all over the world has 
improved, many discoveries were made to 
fight diseases, digital technologies were 
developed and democracies are spreading 
steadily. All this occurred without 
international agreements, but with the 
United Nations playing an active role. 
( New York Times invited opinion of Mr. 
Shende on “ Should world leaders give up on the 
idea of a strong international treaty on global 
warming as a pipe dream, or continue to pursue it 
despite the long-running difficulties? Would other 
paths be more fruitful?’. Above Opinion appeared 
in New York Times on 28th September) 
Rajendra Shende 
Chairman, TERRE 
“ 
Chairman Message 
Application for the 6th 
Edition of the EARTH 
CARE AWARDS 2015 are 
now open. 
The Earth Care Awards seeks to 
identify and foster actions across 
several sectors with special reference 
to mitigation and adaptation 
imperatives related to climate change. 
This is in response to the growing 
consciousness on climate impacts 
and need to identify and foster locally 
evolved responses. 
We are inviting applications for the 
awards. 
Last date of submission November For details please http://www.gogreenindia.“ 
is 30 
2014. 
visit 
co.in/
PAGE 4 NEWSLETERRE 
Eco Fest exposes grim issues 
BY RAGASUDHA VINJAMURI 
he two-day Environmental 
TFilm Festival in London brings light to several issues 
threatening the fabric of balanced eco-system. 
The event was jointly hosted by 
Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence 
and TERRE Policy Centre. Baroness 
Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under- 
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate 
Change, inaugurated the event by lighting 
the traditional lamp and watering a plant. 
She was joined by Dr S.K Singh from the 
High Commission of India, Dr Vinitaa 
Apte from TERRE and Ragasudha 
Vinjamuri from Sanskruti. Speaking on the 
occasion, the Baroness narrated how 
energy efficient businesses and individuals 
can be and how communities could 
contribute to cleaner and greener 
environment. She left a thought provoking 
message about children's future and asked 
all to act before it is too late. Mr Prakash 
Javdekar, Minister for Environment and 
Climate Change, Government of India 
through his video message, spoke of the 
man-made disasters and current challenges, 
a n d c omme n d e d t h e two h o s t 
organisations for the initiative of bringing 
the environmental short films to the UK 
audiences. 
Results of essay competition 
conducted on the occasion were 
announced. The first prize went to 
Ujvala Vemuru from Australia, 
second prize was bagged by Atoshi 
Mariam from Bangladesh and 
Neha Bhayani from Epsom, UK 
and the third prize was won by 
Shefali from Delhi, India. A special 
appreciation was given to the essay 
written by Sarina Shah, UK. Vote 
of Thanks was rendered by Sushil 
Rapatwar, former President of 
Maharashtra Mandal London. A 
short animated film Ozzy Ozone was 
screened explaining the threats to the 
ozone layer and how children can protect 
themselves from the effects of ultraviolet 
radiation caused by its depletion. The film 
was the joint work of United Nations 
Environment Program and TERRE. 
United Nations Development Program 
film Himalayan Meltdown showed the 
huge threat to the people of India, Nepal, 
Bhutan, China and Bangladesh living in the 
areas bordering the mountains. Formation 
of large masses of 
glacier lakes due to the 
melting of Himalayan 
ice is resulting in 
flooding and erosion 
impacting communities 
Dignitaries and organisers at the inaugural 
and their life. Film screening continued on 
Saturday and included seven films 
produced jointly with the British Council, 
with special credits given to noted film 
maker Mike Pandey. The films focus on the 
threat to Leopards, Butterflies, Elephants, 
Turtles, Tigers, Sloth Bears, and Coral Reefs 
due to the demand and illegal trading in 
their products in the international market. 
The event was sponsored by JSW Times of 
India Earth Care Initiative and supported 
by Sunmark Ltd in the UK. 
Sarina Shah from the UK receiving appreciation certificate for her essay 
Vote of Thanks by Sushil Rapatwar Baroness Verma lighting the lamp at the festival 
Audience at the fest Children rendering welcome
PAGE 5 NEWS 
NEWSLETERRE 
CO2 emissions set to reach record 
high in 2014 
NETWORK 
Carbon dioxide emissions will reach a 
record high of 40 billion tonnes in 2014, 
according to the latest report of the 
Global Carbon Project, which is co-led in 
the UK by researchers at the University 
of East Anglia and the University of 
Exeter. Historical and future CO2 
emissions must remain below a total 
3,200 billion tonnes to be in with a 66 per 
cent chance of keeping climate change 
below 2°C. But two thirds (2,000 billion 
tonnes) of this quota have already been 
used. 
Http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home 
/environment/global-warming/CO2-emissions-set- 
to-reach-record-high-in- 
2014/articleshow/43138366.cms 
Planetary Boundaries 
Humanity has already transgressed three planetary boundaries : for climate 
changes, rate of biodiversity loss and changes to the global nitrogen cycle 
Source for infographic: http://visual.ly/planetary-boundaries 
TERRE Policy Centre 
City Office: 22 Budhwar Peth, Pune - 411002 
UN climate summit: China pledges 
emissions action 
China has 
pledged for 
the first time 
to take firm 
action on 
climate 
change, telling a UN summit that its 
emissions, the world's highest, would 
soon peak. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli 
also said China would make its economy 
much more carbon efficient by 2020. US 
President Barack Obama said climate 
change was moving faster than efforts to 
address it, and the US and China had a 
responsibility to lead other nations. 
Http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29334807 
Thousands March for Climate Change 
Before United Nations Summit 
Hundreds of 
thousands of 
climate change 
demonstrators 
around the 
world took to 
the streets in a series of marches leading 
up to the United Nations Climate 
Summit, where more than 120 world 
leaders will convene Tuesday to galvanize 
political will for a new global climate 
treaty by the end of 2015. 
Http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ 
thousands-march-climate-change-united-nations- 
summit-n208356 
Climate Change Threatens South 
Asian Economy, Bank Warns 
Climate 
change will 
slash up to 
nine percent 
off the South 
Asian 
economy 
every year by 
the end of this century if the world 
continues on its current fossil-fuel 
intensive path, the Asian Development 
Bank warns in a new report. The human 
and financial toll could be even higher if 
the damage from floods, droughts, and 
other extreme weather events is included, 
the bank says. “South Asia's economy is 
under serious threat and the lives and 
livelihoods of millions of South Asians 
inhabiting the region's many mountains, 
deltas, and atolls are on a knife edge,” said 
Bindu Lohani, ADB vice-president for 
knowledge management and sustainable 
development. 
Http://ens-newswire. 
com/2014/08/20/climate-change-threatens- 
south-asian-economy-bank-warns/ 
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United Nations Pipe-Dream : Climate Change and Biodiversity

  • 1. NEWSLETERRE “ Chairman Message Issue 10 october 2014 Is a Global Climate Treaty Only a Pipe Dream? When industrialized countries agreed communities, businesses and coalitions are in Kyoto way back in 1997 to produce 5 taking up without any international percent fewer greenhouse gases in 2008- agreement. 2012 than they did in 1990, it was clear that The Rocke f e l l e r Founda t ion would never lead to a stabilization of global announced that it would disinvest all warming, which nearly all countries had itsassets in fossil energy starting with $100 pledged to seek in the 1992Rio summit. billion. Over 180institutions, organizations Indeed the objective of But coming out of and pension funds have begun to follow. the Kyoto’s magnificent conference hall, I The first ever Global Agricultural Alliance consoled myself that this small step would was launched to enable 500million farmers lead to a giant step later. That giant step worldwide to practice climate-smart never came, though. After 17 years, agriculture by2030. Climate and Clean Air emissions are 60 percent greater, not 5 Coalition, a voluntary group of nearly percent less. 100states and non-state actors pledged to The international climate agreement reduce short-lived green house gases such also failed miserably in meeting its pledge to as black carbon, methane and hydrofluoro provide developing countries with $10 carbons. billion a year until 2010-2012, rising to 100 But to stabilize greenhouse gases and billion per year later, to mitigate the effects limit the earth’s temperature rise to 2 degree of climate change and help them deal with Celsius, we need a third way to help their own rising emissions as a result of communities, businesses and coalitions needed development. acting on their own agreements. We need The Kyoto Protocol’s tenure is over the United Nations, with its multilateralism, and negotiations for the next protocol, to to be a coordinator of all activities, to be agreed to in Paris in 2015, have started. provide an early warning alarm to growing The world would be better with an dangers, to identify the gaps between alternative approach. actions undertaken and actions needed, to I witnessed the emergence of prevent conflicts and inspire all to act and promising protocols -- albeit of different act as of urgency. nature -- during the United Nations Climate International agreements, like the Summit. Not only the march of hundreds Montreal Protocol, were needed to save the of thousand of people from all the strataof ozone layer. But that was an exception. the society, but also the innovations that Continued on page 3 Terre Publishes a policy paper on Municipal Solid Waste Management- Challenges in Transforming Waste into Potential Resource for the Sustainable Society Poverty, Climate Change and Municipal Solid Waste management are interlinked challenges of our times. The present crisis– be it financial, faith or food- are the visible manifestation of our inability of to address these challenges head- on,” said Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and former Director of UNEP while releasing the Policy Paper on Challenges in Transforming Waste into Potential Resource for the Sustainable Society, here in New York City, on the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit. The Policy Paper is jointly developed by TERRE Policy Centre and Sampurn (e) arth, a “ social enterprise supported by Tata Institute of Social Science in India and DBS Bank of Singapore.
  • 2. PAGE 2 NEWSLETERRE General's Climate summit: “ Number of Summary of United Nations Secretary the Month 61.36 hottest August “ the average world temperature in August was 61.36 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the Earth's Quick Question About how long does it take a Styrofoam cup to decompose? A) 10years B) 2 Months C) 400 years D) 150 years The answer to last quiz is We received few answers, but none was correct. In 1986 did the the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling. If you know the answer, send in your entry to us at : info@terrepolicycentre.com The purpose of the 2014 Climate Summit on 23 September was to raise political momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015 and to galvanize transformative action in all countries to reduce emissions and build resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change. TERRE Chairman participated in the Summit. An unprecedented number of world leaders attended the Summit, including 100 Heads of State and Government. They were joined by more than 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society. The biggest event was however earlier day, on 22 nd September, when nearly 400,000 marched on the streets of New York in support of action on climate change. There were similar marches in other cities like Paris and New Delhi. Cutting Emissions, Financing the mitigation, and Risk management: F Eu r o p e a n Un i o n c o u n t r i e s committed to a target of reducing emissions to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. Leaders from more than 40 countries, 30 cities and dozens of corporations launched large-scale commitment to double the rate of global energy efficiency by 2030 through vehicle fuel efficiency, lighting, appliances, buildings and district energy. The New York Declaration on Forests, launched and supported by more than 150 partners, including 28 g o v e r nme n t , 8 s u b n a t i o n a l governments, 35 companies, 16 indigenous peoples groups, and 45 NGO and civil society groups, aims to halve the loss of natural forests globally by 2030. Some of the world’s largest retailers of meat and agricultural products committed to adapt their supply chains to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change. They will assist 500 million farmers in the process. A new coalition of governments, bus ine s s, f inanc e, mul t i l a t e r a l development banks and civil society leaders announced their intent to mobilise over $200 billion for financing low-carbon and climate-resilient F F F F Interesting Videos The answer to last quiz is We received few answers, but none was correct. In 1986 did the the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= WUTKZhTF_Ik development. C o u n t r i e s s t r o n g l y reaffirmed their support for mobilising public and private finance to meet the $100 billion dollar goal per annum by 2020. A new Compact of Mayors, F F representing 200 cities with a combined population of 400 million people, pledged new commitments to reduce annual emissions by between 12.4 and 16.4 per cent. Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC, avoluntary group of nearly 100 states and non-state actors pledged to reduce greatly harmful short-lived greenhouse gases such as black carbon, methane and Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) to get early benefits of reducing global warming. The Rockefeller Foundation announced that it would disinvest all its assets in fossil energy starting with USD 100 Billion, having already dumped the coal and tar sands. Following the Rockefeller example, over 180 institutions, organizations and pension funds have begun phasing out of fossil fuel investments. The International Development Finance Club (IDFC) announced that it is on track to increase direct green/climate financing to $100 billion a year for new climate finance activities by the end of 2015. Le a d i n g c omme r c i a l b a n k s announced their plans to issue $30 billion of Green Bonds by 2015, and announced their intention to increase the amount placed in climate-smart development to 10 times the current amount by 2020. A coalition of institutional investors, committed to decarbonizing $100 billion by December 2015 and to measure and disclose the carbon footprint of at least $500 billion in investments. The insurance industry committed to double its green investments to $84 billion by the end of 2015. F F F F F F For details see :http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/ un-climate-summit-ban-ki-moon-final-summary/
  • 3. NEWSLETERRE PAGE 3 Ecology and Nature balance n order to arouse a general forest animals and animals in human awakening in the common man in habitation. All the three types of living favor of protection of wildlife creatures found in the universe have I and ecology, the Indian board of Wild Life distance environment and every living decided to observe the Wildlife Week from creature has an environment of its own. October 2 - 8 every year. With a view to But when we look from man’s perspective preserve the fauna of India, particularly to all of them constitute his environment. take urgent steps to prevent extinction of There is a general feeling in the Vedic texts any species, the Government of India that animals should be safe, protected and established an Indian Board of Wild Life healthy. Domestic animals, as well as wild (IBWL) in 1952. The Board has since been animals along with human beings should doing pioneering work to arouse public live in peace under the control of certain consciousness in favor of wildlife deities like Rudra, Pushan etc. Vedic people preservation which helps for the ecological have shown anxious solicitude for welfare balance. of their cattle, cows, horses etc. The cow as From time immemorial, our wildlife the symbol of wealth and prosperity, has been closely associated with our occupied a very prominent place in the life legendary beliefs and with our epics and of the people in Vedic times. our history. Our lives would be very much An ima l s we r e r e ve r e d t o o. poorer without these varied forms that Kamadhenu was the wish-fulfilling cow, build up the balance of nature. whose offspring are all the cattle on earth. Preservation of wildlife need not and does The word "go" or cow was very important: not mean the blind perpetuation of all gopura was the entrance to the village, species and without any limit on numbers. gotra was the clan to which a person Wildlife preservation in fact implies active belonged, goshti was an assembly of good and planned wildlife management under men, gosarga and godhuli represented which all forms of life would progress side dawn and dusk, while gopa and govalla by side with human progress, each in its were officials. own sphere of influence and utility and Krishna even lifts Mount Govardhana without any detriment to human interests. to save cattle from Indra's wrath, a In fact, it is with this end in view that recurring theme in Indian art. But the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks have greatest honor given to animals was their been established and developed in suitable elevation as the vehicles of the gods, and as localities all over the country. the incarnations of Vishnu, roles that are Animals and birds are part of nature repeated in sculpture and painting. Shiva and environment. It is natural, therefore, rode the bull, Vishnu the eagle, Brahma the that Vedic seers have mentioned about their swan, and so on. characteristics and activities and have desired their welfare. Rig-Veda classifies them in three groups -sky animals like birds, Is a Global Climate ... From page 1 Without international agreement the life expectancy all over the world has improved, many discoveries were made to fight diseases, digital technologies were developed and democracies are spreading steadily. All this occurred without international agreements, but with the United Nations playing an active role. ( New York Times invited opinion of Mr. Shende on “ Should world leaders give up on the idea of a strong international treaty on global warming as a pipe dream, or continue to pursue it despite the long-running difficulties? Would other paths be more fruitful?’. Above Opinion appeared in New York Times on 28th September) Rajendra Shende Chairman, TERRE “ Chairman Message Application for the 6th Edition of the EARTH CARE AWARDS 2015 are now open. The Earth Care Awards seeks to identify and foster actions across several sectors with special reference to mitigation and adaptation imperatives related to climate change. This is in response to the growing consciousness on climate impacts and need to identify and foster locally evolved responses. We are inviting applications for the awards. Last date of submission November For details please http://www.gogreenindia.“ is 30 2014. visit co.in/
  • 4. PAGE 4 NEWSLETERRE Eco Fest exposes grim issues BY RAGASUDHA VINJAMURI he two-day Environmental TFilm Festival in London brings light to several issues threatening the fabric of balanced eco-system. The event was jointly hosted by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence and TERRE Policy Centre. Baroness Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, inaugurated the event by lighting the traditional lamp and watering a plant. She was joined by Dr S.K Singh from the High Commission of India, Dr Vinitaa Apte from TERRE and Ragasudha Vinjamuri from Sanskruti. Speaking on the occasion, the Baroness narrated how energy efficient businesses and individuals can be and how communities could contribute to cleaner and greener environment. She left a thought provoking message about children's future and asked all to act before it is too late. Mr Prakash Javdekar, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Government of India through his video message, spoke of the man-made disasters and current challenges, a n d c omme n d e d t h e two h o s t organisations for the initiative of bringing the environmental short films to the UK audiences. Results of essay competition conducted on the occasion were announced. The first prize went to Ujvala Vemuru from Australia, second prize was bagged by Atoshi Mariam from Bangladesh and Neha Bhayani from Epsom, UK and the third prize was won by Shefali from Delhi, India. A special appreciation was given to the essay written by Sarina Shah, UK. Vote of Thanks was rendered by Sushil Rapatwar, former President of Maharashtra Mandal London. A short animated film Ozzy Ozone was screened explaining the threats to the ozone layer and how children can protect themselves from the effects of ultraviolet radiation caused by its depletion. The film was the joint work of United Nations Environment Program and TERRE. United Nations Development Program film Himalayan Meltdown showed the huge threat to the people of India, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Bangladesh living in the areas bordering the mountains. Formation of large masses of glacier lakes due to the melting of Himalayan ice is resulting in flooding and erosion impacting communities Dignitaries and organisers at the inaugural and their life. Film screening continued on Saturday and included seven films produced jointly with the British Council, with special credits given to noted film maker Mike Pandey. The films focus on the threat to Leopards, Butterflies, Elephants, Turtles, Tigers, Sloth Bears, and Coral Reefs due to the demand and illegal trading in their products in the international market. The event was sponsored by JSW Times of India Earth Care Initiative and supported by Sunmark Ltd in the UK. Sarina Shah from the UK receiving appreciation certificate for her essay Vote of Thanks by Sushil Rapatwar Baroness Verma lighting the lamp at the festival Audience at the fest Children rendering welcome
  • 5. PAGE 5 NEWS NEWSLETERRE CO2 emissions set to reach record high in 2014 NETWORK Carbon dioxide emissions will reach a record high of 40 billion tonnes in 2014, according to the latest report of the Global Carbon Project, which is co-led in the UK by researchers at the University of East Anglia and the University of Exeter. Historical and future CO2 emissions must remain below a total 3,200 billion tonnes to be in with a 66 per cent chance of keeping climate change below 2°C. But two thirds (2,000 billion tonnes) of this quota have already been used. Http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home /environment/global-warming/CO2-emissions-set- to-reach-record-high-in- 2014/articleshow/43138366.cms Planetary Boundaries Humanity has already transgressed three planetary boundaries : for climate changes, rate of biodiversity loss and changes to the global nitrogen cycle Source for infographic: http://visual.ly/planetary-boundaries TERRE Policy Centre City Office: 22 Budhwar Peth, Pune - 411002 UN climate summit: China pledges emissions action China has pledged for the first time to take firm action on climate change, telling a UN summit that its emissions, the world's highest, would soon peak. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli also said China would make its economy much more carbon efficient by 2020. US President Barack Obama said climate change was moving faster than efforts to address it, and the US and China had a responsibility to lead other nations. Http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29334807 Thousands March for Climate Change Before United Nations Summit Hundreds of thousands of climate change demonstrators around the world took to the streets in a series of marches leading up to the United Nations Climate Summit, where more than 120 world leaders will convene Tuesday to galvanize political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. Http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ thousands-march-climate-change-united-nations- summit-n208356 Climate Change Threatens South Asian Economy, Bank Warns Climate change will slash up to nine percent off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path, the Asian Development Bank warns in a new report. The human and financial toll could be even higher if the damage from floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events is included, the bank says. “South Asia's economy is under serious threat and the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Asians inhabiting the region's many mountains, deltas, and atolls are on a knife edge,” said Bindu Lohani, ADB vice-president for knowledge management and sustainable development. Http://ens-newswire. com/2014/08/20/climate-change-threatens- south-asian-economy-bank-warns/ Rural Office and demonstration centre: Pandit Ajgaokar Scheme, Khandobacha Mal, Bhugaon, Pune - 411042 For feedback, suggestions and contributions contact us at Editor NewsleTERRE: Dr. Vinitaa Apte (President, TERRE) Editorial Team : Mrunmayi Apte, Amol Ghorpade, Mohit Kalani Tinfo@terrepolicycentre.com Wwww.terrepolicycentre.com DECLARATION: TERRE Policy Centre is a non-profit organization and this NewsleTERRE is a purely informative and non-commercial activity of TERRE Policy Centre. The source of information is always credited, where applicable.