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Mass ‘die in’ at Guwahati

Citizens of Guwahati yesterday demanded that the government declare a Climate Emergency and take strong action to deal with the climate crisis.

Despite the Durga Puja celebrations, activists draped in reds and ‘Phullam gamusas’ gathered at Shhraddhanjali Kanan and marched peacefully to the Central Mall premises.

“The Indian government report at the UNFCCC COP24 had named Assam as the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Recent studies by IITs and the ICIMOD point to a bleak future for the region with rampant water scarcity and conflicts,” said Rituraj Phukan, Founder of Extinction Rebellion Guwahati and environmental writer with first-hand experience of warming at the polar regions.

At yesterday’s protests, XR Guwahati was joined by activists of the Greta Thunberg led Fridays For Future in demanding protection of the natural ecosystems that sustain life on earth and stop exploitative overutilization of natural resources. 

"Our rivers, wetlands, oceans, forests and wildlife are not replaceable," said one activist. They also expressed outrage and grief over the felling of thousands of age-old trees in Aarey, Mumbai. 

During the protest, the citizens read out a climate emergency declaration, followed by a symbolic die-in to protest inaction on the climate crisis.

“Extinction Rebellion India called for the Indian Rebellion on the 6th of October and people across the countries have responded by coming out in large numbers to protest, with all chapters expressing their indignation with the felling of ancient trees at Aarey forest,” said Biswajyoti Baruah, Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion Guwahati.

Extinction Rebellion is a socio –political movement that emerged out of the UK in 2018 and has spread across the globe. XR believes in civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to compel the government action on climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and the risk of social and ecological collapse.  


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Honour rights in extraction activities

5 Dec 2014 - 4:41pm | AT News

Extraction of natural resources would ensure sustainable development if the local communities are taken into confidence. Without considering the rights of the indigenous people and the impending impact on the bio diversity of an area, extraction turns into exploitation of natural resources. This was more or less of what the experts feel while they rubbed shoulders at a consultation in New Delhi on Thursday.

Jointly organised by Coalition on Enviroonment  and Natural Resources and the Indraprastha Public Affairs Centre, the Consultation on mining (oil, gas and natural resources) in north-east and its economic and environmental impacts with a particular focus on gender inclusive sustainable development approach ironed out a slew of suggestions for the extractive companies and the government.

In his address, environment expert and head of environment with the Directorate General Hydrocarbons Kuldip Sharma  said that sustainable development as well as extraction should be allowed to go on. He said the government is taking all necessary steps including prior studies of affected areas before giving extraction permission to companies.

President of CORE Manipur Dr Debabrata Roy Laifungbam in his speech outlined the permission to Netherland based company Jubilant Energy back in 1995 to for oil extraction in Manipur. He said that local people were not taken into confidence who came to know it only when the company came to carry out seismic work, drill exploratorations and construction work in the project site. The

Another expert Rajesh Singh Sisodia highlighted the wrongdoing on mining industries, bad-governance in the extractive areas of Chhattisgarh towards affected communities.

Human rights activist Babloo Loitingbam said that idea of multiple stake holder coming together – government, academics, civil societies etc. is ok. He opined that humanizing the corporate and the state machineries is the more urgent need. 

The focus of attraction was the overview of the extractive resources in the region and the associated industries critically presented by Dr Subrata Gogoi who is the senior professor and head of Dibrugarh University’s Petroleum Technology Department.


The consultation aimed at providing a platform for direct interaction between the policy makers and the civil society from the region. It further had an objective to formulate and develop policies based primarily on a “Gender Inclusive – Sustainable Development” approach to the process of economic development in the region.

This Consultation included discussions and sharing of perspectives by all stakeholders to the extractives reliant economic development process in the North-East: policy makers, investors in the region, civil society representatives from the region and experts on environment, sustainable development and gender in extractives sector.

The outcomes would inform the policy of the Centre in its efforts at increased and continued economic exploitation of the economic resources in the North-EAST and in formulating the pending legislative enactments on mining and extraction in the country.

Charaipung situation on the boil

21 Aug 2010 - 4:12pm | editor

The simmering situation in upper Assam's Sivasagar district takes a grip turn when SP Akhilesh Singh had narrow escape as he was visiting the spot bordering Arunachal Pradesh. The incident took place at around 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday when suspected NSCN(IM) cadres targeted the Sp and his convoy forcing Assam Police to retaliate when one policeman was injured. The incident took place a day after Assam Law Minister Pranab Gogoi hold talk to 2 senior Ministers of the neighboring state to defuse tension.

Workshop on youth and climate change

24 Sep 2008 - 12:36pm | Ranjan K Baruah
SMILE programme of Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) is going to organize a workshop on Youth and Climate Change for college students and young professionals. The workshop will be held on 27th and 28th September at the conference hall of Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM). The programme includes talk by the experts, documentary screening on global warming and climate change, group works, debates, etc. There will be presentation on initiatives taken around the world by young people and how people from this region can take part in all these global events and raise their voice and concern related to climate change. It is to be mentioned that this year the international youth day also focused the theme of climate change. The recent youth version of Human Development Report (HDR) published by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also deals with youth and climate change. But most often it has been seen that less number of participants from this region of the country participate in global events due to lack of sufficient information. The workshop will provide a platform to explore more and more opportunities for young people. Interested participants may communicate with the IGSSS office (5th By Lane, Rajgarh) or may dial 98642 27589 for further details.