Disasters as moments of Change

By Ayesha Siddiqi

Floodwaters have finally begun to recede in the North East of India, with the Indian Meteorological Department saying no further rain is expected in the next few days. This devastating disaster however has affected millions of people many of whom are still living in temporary shelters. These people need to be told that in the run up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP 21) countries were asked to submit their pledges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC)s are now revealing themselves to be highly unambitious and essentially “too little and too late” to prevent the most serious threats of climate change. Continue reading