Bengaluru: Several city residents scaled a wall as part of ‘Climbed for Climate’, an event organised by Greenpeace India as part of its ‘Climate Dialogue’ at a city mall.
The participants scaled a 10-foot wall and unfurled messages that read, “#ClimateActionNow” and “Temperature is Rising and So are We” and demanded that the new government at the Centre to work towards creating a plastic-free future, clean air and safe food for all Indians.
The residents also signed a document called the Green Charter and pledged that whoever they voted for, they will make sure that the future government fulfils the demands listed in the charter. “We demand that the newly formed government commits to conserving environment as well as lives, livelihoods and health of all Indians. Pollution, in general, costs India as much as 8.5% of all its GDP. The impact of climate change on agriculture leads to a loss of 1.5% of our GDP yearly,” said Sanya Sajjanhar, a city resident who scaled the wall.
“The initiative is a fun way of raising awareness about a very serious issue. We believe that people have the power to bring about a change. They can play a crucial role in mitigating climate change, just by demanding that whichever political party forms the government, it must work towards ensuring clean air and safe food for the next five years and the generations to come.
Environmental issues need to be an election agenda, but unfortunately none of the political parties are talking about it,” said Senthil Kumar, a Greenpeace India activist.
Greenpeace plans to organise a series of 11 public events in this regard across the country....