Staff Correspondent

‘Make efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change ’

The parliamentary panel can work out plans

to contain the impact of emission

Swaminathan to take up the matter with

the Prime Minister

SANDUR (BELLARY DT.): M.S. Swaminathan, agriculture scientist and MP, has favoured formation of a parliamentary committee to study climate change.

Dr. Swaminathan, who was part of the parliamentary delegation to the U.N. Summit in Copenhagen on climate change, was addressing presspersons here on Saturday.

Formation of a parliamentary committee was necessary to make a detailed study of the impact of emission leading to climate change and work out plans and modalities to contain it by increasing productivity, maintaining ecology, use of suitable technology, and the like, he said.

He said that he would take up the matter with the Prime Minister and urge him to consider this proposal on the lines of eight missions, including the solar mission, set up. “In tune with the adage that charity begins at home, all efforts should be made to mitigate the impact of climate change on agriculture,” he said.

Though the practical outcome of the U.N. Summit had been limited, the advantage was that it was able to raise awareness globally on the impact of climate change and set in motion climate literacy. The most important aspect of the summit, though stress was on four major aspects, was that a beginning had been made about the need to restrict emission to prevent climate change by adopting technologies that emitted less carbon, he said.

According to him, some of the developing countries may find it difficult to adopt technologies as they needed huge funds for the purpose. Moreover, most of the technologies would be patented. Dr. Swaminathan said that his stress on mitigating the impact of climate change was by way of “think, plan and act locally”. This was possible with the setting up of 127 agro-climatic zones in various parts of the country to study and monitor the weather conditions which could act as extension centres suggesting remedies to farmers in the event of drought and floods owing to climate change. “Two persons, including a woman, from panchayats could be trained to educate farmers. If done, it would really benefit small farmers,” he said.

Dr. Swaminathan was here to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the Sandur Residential School.