Jairam Ramesh, India’s Environment minister highlights that Climate change action plans must involve people. For a country where 55% of the country’s variation in GDP is a result of rainfall variation, and where 250 million people live on coastal areas at risk of sea level rises and high levels of deforestation are occurring due to coal being a major source of fuel climate change poses a huge threat. He criticised the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) for the fact that it was put together by ministers “thinking that they knew what the country knows best for climate change.”
“It cannot be a government mandated process. Elected panchayats, Self-Help Groups and various NGOs have to be involved in drafting government policies on how to deal with the threat," the minister said.
Jairam Ramesh highlighted the need for it to be a community driven process.