Climate change is a reality. The IPCC report states that Human activities are estimated to have already caused a rise of global temperatures by approximately 1.0°C above pre-industrial levels. Further,the IPCC projects an increase of 0.8°C to 1.2°C, if the warming continues at the present level, causingtheglobal temperaturesto increase by another 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052. The Indian subcontinent is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. One of the recent studies shows that Climate change can worsen the intensity of tropical cyclones in many ways, including by making extreme weather events causing sea level rise, landslides in mountainous regions and floods and outbreak of pandemics. Kerala witnessed a major change in the pattern of rainfall since 2018 resulting in several landslides and severe flooding hitting life and livelihoods of several thousands. The State Action Plan on climate change observes that the hilly districts and high-altitude regions of Kerala are more vulnerable to negative impacts of Climate Change and warrant immediate actions to build resilience and calls for preparation of efficient disaster risk reduction plans.
Hume Centre is in the process of setting up a climate change monitoring system with community participation in Wayanad district and thereby strengthening the regional capacity to meet the challenges of Climate Change, benefiting vulnerable communities through research, advocacy and action.