Research and advocacy on climate emergency

Based on our observations on the state of natural resources and on the manifestations and impact of climate change in the region, we decided to undertake collation and analyses of data pertinent to the Chamarajanagar region. Secondary data related to changes in temperature, rainfall, soil conditions, evapotranspiration, water (especially ground water) availability, agriculture and cropping patterns, and drought frequency have been compiled and broad overviews and future scenarios on the state of natural resources in the region and its impact on livelihoods and conditions of living have been developed. This is one of the most comprehensive data compilations on climate emergency issues for a single district in India.


Complementing the secondary data we have conducted interviews with local farmers to understand their own constructions and impressions about climate change, the strategies that they are deploying and their life conditions. In 2019, we presented this study to several audiences including farmers, district administration, the Rotary Club, Indian Institute of Science, and to an audience of civil society members at Bengaluru. A short film has been made and infographics to disseminate the information to a broader audience are being designed. Plans are to share this data and its analyses with a range of administrators, elected representatives, and with the larger farming community. The presentations, now in both English and Kannada, will be used to create awareness and to prepare the local people to develop climate resilient agricultural practices and to enhance the overall natural resource base in the region.