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Climate Change, Migration and Protecting Citizens: A Multilateral Agreement Across the Indian Subcont
 

The Unearth Bulletin

January 15 · Issue #78 · View online
Towards a Sustainable & Inclusive World

Climate Change, Migration and Protecting Citizens: A Multilateral Agreement Across the Indian Subcontinent.
This is about how South Asia needs to prepare for climate change through inclusive IDs, while retaining exclusive citizenship and bilateral and multilateral migration agreements.
Increasingly I hear an argument that an universal identification system and an exclusive citizenship mechanism are the only way India can protect itself against the massive immigration due to climate change.
My three-point answer is as follows.  
1. More than 99 per cent of resident adults in India have an Aadhaar identification. Make it universal (a small task) and let all new migrants therefore be identified through the Aadhaar numbers without citizenship necessarily playing any role.  (Read more on about The Economic Cost of Climate change here.
2. In the unfortunate case that extreme climate change does happen, migration could also be from India to Bangladesh which now has superior socio-economic indicators and also economic growth.  
3. India and countries in the sub-continent need to have agreements with each other so that our people are easily able to temporarily escape to other’s territory in case of a climatic mess. 
In all this nationalism, we forget, that climate change does not respect national boundaries. Like the dance of the Shiva and the wrath of the Devi, it will go wherever, whenever, and annihilate whatever – friend, family or foe. Yes, rising sea levels will impact larger areas in Bangladesh than India. But volatile weather patterns would impact far larger areas in India as well. In all this chaos we can have simultaneous migrations of Bangladeshi citizens into one part of India, while in another part Indians are migrating into Bangladesh or some other neighbouring country.
A government that cares about its citizens, needs to have migrant protection agreements in place with ALL its neighbours, including those to the east, west, north and south, and also across the seas. Let us think about it with heart and soul, and the mind will follow.  
-Laveesh Bhandari

Environment in 2050: flooded cities, forced migration & Amazon turning to savannah Environment in 2050: flooded cities, forced migration & Amazon turning to savannah
The rising frequency of extreme weather events.
Climate change is less about global warming and more about climatic volatility. Rainfall, low and high temperatures are creating all-time records. 
Thankfully higher purchasing power in the hands of the masses, and improved communications have enabled both governments and the masses to deal with the problem temporarily. 
If extremities increase, governments at central, state and local levels will have to do much more. 
What should they do? First the problem of climate change needs to be recognized at the central government level, only then can we expect a systematic plan of action across various tiers of governance.
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Indicus along with The Citizen’s Alliance and Purpose India conducted two successful rooftop solar awareness campaigns in Alaknanda, New Delhi. We are excited to hear more personal stories of pricing, installation and challenges by residents in the coming months.
I was happy to contribute to this enriching discussion with top economists, business visionaries and policy experts which focused on moving India towards a $5 trillion economy.
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