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South Asia People’s Action on Climate Crisis National Conference, Kerala, 2022

15 December 2022 @ 8:00 am 18 December 2022 @ 5:00 pm IST

SAPACC National Conference

December 15-18 2022, at PMOC, Vellimadukunnu, Kozhikode, Kerala

The common understanding is that climate change will happen in some a far away land in the distant future. Recent events belie this belief. South Asia experienced unprecedented heat waves in March-April this year, and Europe hit record-breaking temperatures of 40oC. A third of Pakistan was flooded in July-August, killing >1,500 people, putting half a million people in relief camps and causing a property loss of $40 billion.

The average global warming is now 1.1°C above pre-industrial times and is still rising. Climate change impacts have intensified—Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast as they did 25 years ago, sea level rise is 50% more than earlier, cyclone intensity has increased, monsoons have become more unpredictable, and extreme weather events have become more frequent.

The 1997 inter-governmental Kyoto Protocol failed and the 2015 Paris Agreement shows promise of emulating its predecessor. Based on current policies and actions, the temperature rise may cross the red line of 1.5C set by the Paris Agreement, by 2100, i.e., the average temperature in future may be nearly as high as current heat waves. Climate change has put the earth’s environment and human society at risk of drastic and permanent damage. As the climate crisis is a global phenomenon, it can only be tackled by a global effort. Since inter-governmental initiatives have not succeeded, people of the world must now act.

South Asia is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to climate change impacts. South Asian people must hence, take the initiative to control the climate crisis. SAPACC, a rainbow coalition of organizations and individuals from all walks of life, was formed in 2019, to work on self-help programmes and appeal to South Asian governments and to the UN to take appropriate actions to mitigate the climate crisis. SAPACC’s objectives are to create a public platform for civil society action to mitigate the climate crisis, share information, raise public awareness, mobilize public action, and influence public policy on the climate crisis. SAPACC’s core demands are directed towards making the world a sustainable and egalitarian society, restoring the degraded environment, ensuring climate justice, and making governance democratic, decentralized and transparent.

SAPACC India will hold its National Conference in Kozhikode, on 15-18 December. The focus is to have the voices of the vulnerable population be heard and to connect with people through songs, poetry and music. Youth, women, farmers, workers, fisherfolk, scientists, and the common man worried about climate change may register by filling out the attached form. The SAPACC Conference will be entirely crowdfunded.

For more details see the attached document.

Organizing Committee

SAPACC National Committee: Sudarshan Rao Sarde (National Convenor), Sagar Dhara (Co-convenor), Soumya Dutta (Co-convenor)

Organising Committee: Kalpetta Narayanan (Chairman), Dr K.G.Thara (Chairperson), C.R.Neelakantan (Chairman), Dr Azad (Vice Chairman), Prof. Kusumam Joseph, N.Subrahmanyan, K.P.Prakashan (Gen. Convenors)

Chairpersons & Convenors of Sub-Committees: P.T.John, Vijayaraghavan Cheliya (Program), T.K.Vasu, T.V.Rajan (Finance), Peruvanthanam John, Sarat Cheloor (Publicity), N.P.Chekkootty, Ambika (Media), Dr Silpa Sathessh, Dr Smitha P Kumar (Climate School), Thalhat Vellayil, K.Sahadevan (Food & Accommodation).

Further enquiries: 8547698740 (K.Sahadevan), 9895074572 (Dr Ajithan Radhakrishnan), 9447992382 (Dr Smitha P Kumar), 9656215384 (Neethu Das), 9526137327 (Fathima Nazreen), Em: [email protected]

1.   Google form: You can also use the google form to register online using the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAvtzPOwKdGPe_32eNtMo_FCMjaEXOtxK8GDEM2MRFrWIAIQ/viewform?usp=pp_url

2.   Email: Please fill out the form below and email it to [email protected]. If you are sending your filled registration form as an email attachment, the attached file name should be given as your last name. If Gupta is your last name, the file name should be titled gupta.doc or gupta.txt.

Prospective participants from Kerala may send their registration request forms to [email protected], 85476 98740; Maharashtra to [email protected], 91306 24588; Rajasthan, Punjab & J&K to Sajjan [email protected], 90018 26467; with a cc to [email protected]. Prospective participants from all other states may send their registration request forms to [email protected].

3.   Snail mail: Mail a hard copy to SAPACC, c/o. Transition Studies, Room No 101, Municipal Market Building, Kokkale, Thrissur-21, Kerala. All participants should bear their travel expenditure. Accommodation facilities at the venue are also restricted to outstation participants.

Registration for the Climate Conference, 15-16 Dec, and the Climate School, 18 Dec (students)

Registration for these two events by invitation only. If you are interested in attending either of these events, you may tick the appropriate boxes in the registration form and we will consider your request

Registration fee: The registration fee may be paid in Indian currency at the meeting venue on the 15th and 16th of September. The registration fee for delegates will be: Students/unemployed youth: 500, Ordinary: 1000, Those who can afford to subsidize students/unemployed youth: 2000

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