DIGITAL MORCHA for CLIMATE JUSTICE
We are delighted to report that the Mumbai's Digital Climate March has made a significant difference! With an outreach of more than 6 lakh digital marchers from Mumbai, we, along with other marchers worldwide, have succeeded in convincing leaders of nations who had gathered for the COP21 Paris talks (30 Nov -12 Dec) to take concrete steps towards climate justice.
St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai was privileged to be a pocket for the Digital Climate Morcha on Nov. 29 from 5 to 7.30 pm. We felt connected through the online live streaming with worldwide protest marches taking place on that day. The enterprising compere, Anoushka Dutta, enthused the crowd by getting them to join in the video “Sing for the Climate”. The input by alumnus Rashida Atthar, an environmental researcher and activist, focused on the impact of Climate Change on Mumbai. The AICUF choir presented ‘Be The Change’ a moving song composed by Rachel D’Souza. Rev. Matt Cobb from Kansas, a committed collaborator and frequent visitor to Xaviers, while sharing his indigenous wisdom through a recorded interview pleaded that we beg for pardon from the land, air, water and fire for the abuse of these natural resources.
Fr. Prashant in his presentation on the National Jesuit Tribal Festival at Ranchi spoke about the exposure trip to a coal mine which was a living hell. The brief meditation stirred up pangs of conscience as the energy and resources in places like Xavier’s are being consumed at the cost of the lives of poor tribals and the rape of Mother Earth. Students of the FYBA staged a lively street play on Waste Management. Labdhi Vora and Anushka Hirvani presented an Indian fusion dance on climate change and finally Janhvi Pandya (Indian Music Group) accompanied by Kiran D’Silva enthralled the crowd with the popular “Heal the World.”