'Climate change will lead to mass exodus'

Speaking at the inauguration of a conference on climate change at Christ University on Monday, he said the migration would result in vast economic disparity among different sections of society.

Chandrashekar emphasised that there was a need to respect the aspirations of the urban poor to manage climate change.

There exists a policy gap despite the good intentions of those designing policy, he said. Issues like flooding in coastal areas and desertification, which are the direct impact of global warming, require immediate attention, he said.

Christ University Vice-Chancellor Fr Thomas C Matthew stressed the need for sensitising the youth on the environmental issues.

 A short documentary by mass communication students of Christ University titled ‘Reclaiming the Paradise’ was screened.

It provided glimpses of a decentralised solid waste management programme in a low income community.

The project, called Parivarthana, is implemented by the Centre for Social Action (CSA) at Christ University, along with CHF International India and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

The project also provides source of income for poor women.

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