19th Jan 2011
By Abhishek Acharyya, International Climate Champion, India
Do you want to Know about the “Lizards of the sea” with “Horns of cattle in the mouth” or “Solar powered, Pulse stabilizer and tidal subsidizer”. If yes read on. It’s the 5th day of the 3rd International Camp of ICCs at Goa. Today we had a tight packed schedule first we had presentations by some of the Climate Champions. I gave a brief presentation on the Children’s Day event we organised at the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata and the special camp where I went to our neighbouring village. Then there was a lecture on the Forests of Goa by Shashi Kumar, followed by another educative session with Parag A. Rangnekar on butterflies of Goa. Some of us including me also bought a book by him on the same topic. After a brief break we had another round of presentation by other Climate Champions. Then Mr. Ajay Gramopadhye, a passionate wildlife photographer, environmentalist and our guide at the camp showed us some of the best wildlife pictures I’ve ever seen. Here I would also like to mention the kind of creative work our climate buddies Shenaz from Maldives have shown us of his country. It is sad that such a beautiful country like theirs will get wiped off the face of the earth if we don’t start solving our problems rather than creating more. Sunita our Climate Champion from Nepal showed us a documentary she is working on, though half finished, it was very good. It is about the effects of climate change on women . It is true that climate change affects women in a much more profound way than men. We also had a great session with Dr. Untawale , who is always with us and is so helpful solving all of ours queries all the time. He explained to us about mangroves today which filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge. Finally two professors form the nearby Goa University told us about the botany and zoology of Goa, sealing in all the small gaps which might have been there. And they told us how mangrove and other ecosystem acts as the thing I wrote in the intro and how Portuguese described Crocodiles in Goa. But before we left for Old Goa, we had a lecture to catch by Ramesh Kumar, from NIO. He told us about the Monsoon and Climate Change. And answered all the left over questions which I had.
Finally we went to Old Goa and Panaji. There we went to a very old home. Being a History student it was the icing on the cake which thanks to British Council and especially to Sharlene I could eat. Therefore summing it up I guess it was the best day till now but I think I should say that yet as every time I say that British Council does something better. So I am eagerly waiting for tomorrow.