By Christie Quon.
A race we can win. This was the closing message of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW); a unique collaborative platform where both government and non-Party stakeholders from all corners of the Asia-Pacific region came together to address climate change. For five days, stakeholders from all over the region were engaged in collaborative workshops, discussion groups and plenaries to exchange knowledge and best practices. As climate change is expected to impact all members of society, many different participants were present including the private sector, non-governmental, civil society, and youth organizations. Together, members from both developing and developed countries brainstormed how to achieve global climate neutrality by mid-century - an ambitious but achievable goal.
A wide diversity of topics were discussed during APCW, including water issues, rights and conservation. Because the Asia-Pacific region is undergoing rapid development and population growth, the region’s environment and natural resources are under immense stress. Many people across the region still don’t have access to clean water and sanitation, and water issues in both urban and rural areas are expected to be exacerbated by climate change. Highly populated cities such as Bangkok and Jakarta will be affected by rising ocean levels, and rural livelihoods are changing rapidly due to intense precipitation events and patterns.
As a youth delegate at the APCW, I had the great opportunity to learn from and engage with leading climate scientists, leaders and activists from all over the Asia-Pacific region. Together we discussed the challenges and strategies to raise awareness, affect policy-making and enact environmental action on all levels, from regional to national and international levels. Different perspectives and strategies from individual countries were shared throughout the event, which allowed for greater knowledge sharing and collaboration across borders. For instance, the Mekong River Commission for Sustainable Development works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to jointly manage the shared water resources and the sustainable development of the Mekong River. Collaborative projects such as this bring together diverse knowledge and experiences to strengthen regional and international efforts to conserve precious resources. However, greater financial support, public support and stronger legislation are needed. As Deputy Director of the UNFCCC Ovais Sarmad said in his closing speech, climate change is happening now and we cannot wait any longer to address it.
Climate change is a race, one that We can win.
More details to the event: https://sdg.iisd.org/events/asia-pacific-climate-week-2019/
On World Ocean Day 2018, Dr. Ross Michael Pink was interviewed by Simi Sara from the Global News Radio. Dr. Pink warns about the severe risks of ocean acidification on the environment and human security. To listen to the full interview, click the following link: https://omny.fm/shows/the-simi-sara-show/expert-warns-of-severe-ocean-acidification-on-worl
Climate Change Crisis: Solutions and Adaptation for a Planet in Peril. A New Book by Dr. Ross Michael Pink, Global Water Rights Co-founder
This book explores how the world community will respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis caused by climate change. It recognizes climate change as the greatest threat to human development in the 21st century, bringing with it: flooding, drought, extreme temperatures, health crises, threats to human security and severe harm to economic development.
The Climate Change Crisis addresses climate change and its impact as a major threat for countries around the world. Through a collection of interviews with leading environmentalists and exploration into new innovations that can offer hope and protection for billions of people, this book presents an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the paramount health and development challenges of climate change.
This timely and informative book cuts across several disciplines, including human rights, public policy, international relations, national refugee policy, and migration studies.
To access, please visit: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319710327www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319710327
Water, water, nowhere, and not a drop to drink — unless we make big changes.
That’s the theme of a next World Speaker Series event at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU)Richmond campus, when Dr. Ross Pink will speak.
Recently back from a lecture tour in Asia on water rights and climate change, Pink, Kwantlen’s political science instructor, has, according to the university, some “urgent information to share” about the paramount human rights challenge of the 21st century: access to clean water.
“Already, 800 million global citizens have no clean water source,” said Pink.
“By 2050, that number will reach two billion.”
Pink is the guest speaker at the next instalment of the popular KPU-Science World Speaker Series on Sept. 15 at KPU Richmond.
His topic, Water Rights and Scarcity: A 21st Century Challenge, will explore the issues of climate change, drought, flooding and water-borne disease.
Pink will highlight these issues as they face Asia and India with examples and innovative scenarios for change.
“These issues are urgent in those regions and will become so in North America,” said Pink.
Pink notes that Arctic ice is expected to disappear by 2070.
In addition, major flooding is anticipated in coastal cities, such as Richmond, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Manila by, 2050.
Meanwhile, chronic and increasing drought will send food prices skyrocketing and render food insecurity for more than 1.5 billion people.
Of the 9.4 billion people who are expected by 2050, approximately two billion will be without access to clean, safe water sources, leading to political upheaval, severe social and economic crises, and a projected global climate refugee population of 400 million.
But there is hope, said Pink. His presentation will also cover potential solutions to the impending water shortage; namely, rainwater harvesting, desalinization and cloud seeding.
Water Rights and Scarcity: A 21st Century Challenge takes place on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at KPU Richmond, 8771 Lansdowne Rd.
The event is free but registration is requested. Visit KPU.ca/ScienceWorld to register.
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Mathia is a village in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Traditionally, this village is divided into four parts – Dakhin Patti (southern part), Purub Patti (eastern part), Pachhim Patti (western part) and Dalit settlement(ex-untouchables). All three enclaves are dominated by people from the General Categories (mainly upper caste Hindu). There are no separate Patti for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). People from the Scheduled Castes (SCs or ex-untouchables or Dalit) is settled in the western corner of Mathia. Once this enclave was the periphery of the village. Increasing expansion of the OBCs overlapped caste-wise demarcation in Mathia. They have crossed the settlement of the Dalits and connected another village. Such new settlers collectively called as Taaltirha (people who are settled near the pond) in Mathia.
In development discourse, a great deal of ink has been consumed for natural resource management, sustainability and community-led development. Increasingly, institutions are expressing their concern about this. From time to time, they showcase a couple of success stories at their platform where everything seems perfect. Though, it’s not clear whether all such posts about natural resource management have changed anything in real lives. In other words, what’s going on at the ground level in Mathia is really disappointing.
In this village, there were 20 functional Kuwa (wells) in the 1990s and today there is only one functional Kuwa in the entire village. In the last decade, wells disappeared and no one is bothered about them. The case paints a gloomy picture of natural resource management.
Historically, the well enjoyed a respectable position in everyday village lives and several important rituals revolved around it. What went wrong? In this backdrop, three themes emerged: massive use of hand pumps, sheer lack of awareness and construction. In the last decade, the government distributed hand pumps which reduced dependency on well significantly and it lost its relevance. Unwillingly or willingly, people started ignoring. Small boys and girls started throwing waste. Initially, elderly people advised them to stop such ‘nefarious’ activities but they did not pay much attention to it.
Increasing diffusion of families contributed to cover the several Kuwas. After consulting with priests, couple of families closed Kuwas because they were not using it. In a village, people renovated a well but it was full of waste with no water. No one was interested to clean from inside.
Similarly, in this village, there were Talabs (ponds). Such ponds were owned by the entire village and some were owned by a couple of families. During the Kharif and Rabi seasons, influential farmers withdrew water for various crops from Talabs using diesel engines and tractors. No one complained when the water reduced. Though, it provided an opportunity to get fish free of cost. Over the last few years, uneven monsoons worsened the condition and Talabs dried up during the months of January-February. Using water resources responsibly is an issue which demands an active engagement of all households in a village. However, this seems like a distant dream at village level. With increasing need of water in agriculture and uneven rain during the monsoon season worsens the condition of water bodies. No one is bothered about sustainability and sustainable development in Mathia.
Excerpt from A Portrait of Rural India by Vivek Rai
 A Patti comprises various families from a caste and all families are from same pedigree. In Mathia, there are three different pedigrees.
Sharon Chipo Manzvera taught in Zimbabwe in both primary in Harare, and secondary schools in Goromonzi District for 3 years. She did a Bachelors in International Studies and Criminology at Monash University in South Africa. Currently, she is part of Wallacea Editorial Board that focuses mainly on Indo-Pacific Politics and has an interest in exploring matters of concern around the globe on water security and cervical cancer issues in the Sub Saharan African Countries.
Water challenges in Harare: Zimbabwe
The issue of water scarcity emerged in 2007 and many were happy when cholera was eliminated in the city of Harare. Also, the period between 2007 and 2015, there was adequate water due to the change of economy and the inclusive government. As a result, water treatment and repair of the old pipes that were inserted in 1980s and 1990s took place. However, not all the old pipes were fixed as the budgeted money was also prioritized for some issues in the Municipalities of Water. As such, water issues hit back strongly the citizens of Harare in 2016. Borehole water was now preferred as the safe water source than taped water, however poverty has caused criminals to steal borehole parts during the night, thereof leaving many people resorting once again to dirty taped water. There were no UNICEF Bouzers or drums to cater for the clean water. Again, another disease emerged, though this time it was typhoid. No one knew about typhoid in Glen View 3, and many people who died of the disease were reluctant to go to the hospital. In most of the local houses in Glen View 3, majority of people survived because they presented their cases early at Central Hospital in Harare. However, the unfortunate ones lost their life because of lack of awareness, and money to go to the hospital. Finally, water issue has been neglected with the government as it is not seen to be of importance. Two months ago, my family told me that the Parirenyatwa Hospital (major hospital in Harare which all people with critical issues are referred to) had no water for 2 weeks. This caused the alert to all patients to bring their own water to the hospital. As if it is not enough, in Glen Norah hospital all pregnant women were told to bring 20 liters of water when they go to deliver their children. Therefore, water remains a major challenge in Zimbabwe.
On April 26, 2016, Our Co-Founder, Dr. Ross Michael Pink presented an engaging lecture at School of Global Studies at Thamassat University in Thailand. His presentation highlighted water security and climate change issues affecting Thailand, India and China. Dr. Pink addressed dramatic challenges facing three billion people on human rights, economic development, food security and health. The presentation also addressed solutions such as cloud-seeding, desalinization and rainwater-harvesting.
Dr Ross Michael Pink's book entitled "Water Rights in South East Asia and India" is now available in stores.
Water Rights in Southeast Asia and India examines in fascinating detail and description the foremost human rights issue of the twenty-first century: clean drinking water. Dynamic and vital water issues are explored in nine countries: Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Around 800 million people today have no clean water source. This number will soar to over two billion by 2050 because of pollution, surging population in the developing world, and climate change, which will accelerate drought, flooding, and disease. The global community has a historic and epic task to establish innovative and sustainable practices at both the international and village levels to safeguard the precious human right to water for billions of citizens.The book was published in November 2015 by Palgrave McMillan and it is now available online. To get access to this book, click the following link: http://bit.ly/1NrQLRc or contact us at email@example.com.
Rajendra Singh of India is named the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, for his innovative water restoration efforts, improving water security in rural India, and for showing extraordinary courage and determination in his quest to improve the living conditions for those most in need.
In the past few decades, scholars and policy experts around the world have invested significant amount of time and resources in finding solutions to water scarcity and lack of sanitation. Globally, there are 1.2 billion people who do not have access to clean water and approximately 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation. Every year, around 3.5 million children under the age of five die and 400 million school days are lost due to waterborne diseases. These figures tell us that there is an urgent need for a global policy change pertaining to water and sanitation. To read the entire article please click: http://luthfidhofier.wordpress.com/