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India joins select climate fighters club

India has been chosen as one of the thirteen countries in the world to be the beneficiary of the next-generation lighthouse activities aimed at cutting down carbon emissions and mitigating climate change.

Among the 17 lighthouse activities identified by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat for different parts of the world, pollination of energy would be unleashed in India that shall bring solar energy to slums in Bangalore, while at the same time creating several new green jobs. India shall also witness a community-based micro-climate resilience program, apart from building of flood-resilient and affordable homes.

The lighthouse activities, touted as ‘big beacons of hope’ for the world have been introduced as a replica to the success climate-change models practiced in Australia and Mexico. While in Australia, one million women have joined hands to build a movement to take small steps in their daily lives to cut down emissions, Mexico has invested heavily to build low-carbon housing. Similarly, women in Ghana have taken the climate change head-on by building bamboo bicycles, in a one of its kind initiative.

The seventeen lighthouse activities for 2013, designed as part of the ‘Momentum for Change’ would be showcased during the UN Climate Change Conference to be held at Warsaw from 11 to 22 November. The activities, to be introduced in Australia, Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Mozambique, Philippines, South Africa and Sudan, have been selected by a 16-member international advisory panel. The activities would be jointly funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation  and would get assistance from the World Economic Forum.

‘The 2013 lighthouse activities demonstrate what happens when innovation and passion come together to address the biggest challenge of our time. These highlight some of the most practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people, business, governments and industries are doing to tackle climate change which will inspire others,’ said UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres.

‘We shall have a detailed discussion on the clean, innovative technology transfers in Warsaw. A working group would be constituted to receive the expertise required from the countries which already have adopted the lighthouse activities,’ said a senior environment ministry official.
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