Bhubaneswar: A demonstration was organised at Mastercanteen Square in Bhubaneswar on 29th November in solidarity with Global Climate Strike, being called by Fridays For Future lead by teenaged Swedish Climate crusader Gretha Thurnberg.
This is for the fourth time such an International awakening of citizens held worldwide and second such event in Odisha after September 27 this year.
The Bhubaneswar event was organised jointly by People’s Action for Climate Justice (PACJ) a consortium of civil Society Organisations, Prerena International Green Army and Extinction Rebellion, Odisha.
Hundreds of Climate and Social Activists demonstrated standing on the Mastercanteen Square and hold public meeting there highlighting the Climate Concerns, holding placards, donning caps, showing posters, banners etc.
“Odisha being the victim state of Global Climate Change and Global Warming is bearing the brunt, though the state has not contributed significantly for global warming and climate change”, said convenor of Coast Council & PACJ Sudarshan Chhotoray.
Time is ripe Odisha Government should set up a TASK FORCE to identify Climate Hotspots in Odisha and bring a legislation to protect the victims and their livelihoods, added Chhotoray.
The Organisers of the event also urged the Government to declare climate emergency in Odisha keeping in view the frequent Natural Disasters that the state is witnessing in almost every alternative year.
Prominent among the leaders who lead the protest event were PACJ Convenor Sudarshan Chhotoray, Chairman of PRERENA Dr Dilip Srichandan, Social Activists Subas Panda, Sachikanta Pradhan, Rosalin Pattnaik, Jayanti Sahu, Former Member State Women Commission Snigdha Panigrahi, Civil Society Members Malaya Mahapatra, Prakash Srichandan, Aruna Prasad Dihudi etc.
The Organisers have decided to submit a Memorandum to government detailing the Climate concerns and plights of victims in the State.