A responsible and resourceful approach by diplomats at DelhiResponsibly Yours: Guest ColumnA Lajwanti NaiduSeasons played a significant role in evoking our emotions to experiencing life. According to the Hindu calendar, the six seasons encompassed our ancient Vedic Indian subcontinent. They are Vasantha, Greehma Varsha, Sharad Hemanth and Shishir Ritu. Let it be Megha Sandesham, the message from clouds of Mahakavi Kalidasa or the four seasons of Vivaldi seasons elucidated to be elixir of life. From romantic rainy dance scenes from Bollywood to monsoon tourism in Munnar in Kerala, Climate Conditions made it condusive creative and enchanting.Climate Change is already affecting the most vulnerable countries and populations, in particular the least developed countries and the small island developing states. The preparation of national adaptation programmes of action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is helping the least developed countries address urgent and immediate needs. In addition, the implementation of national adaptation programmes of action will help the least developed countries prepare and seek funding for comprehensive national adaptation plans, thereby reducing their risk of being a part of the neglected countries.In today’s scenario, Climate Change presents the single biggest threat to development and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Urgent action to combat Climate Change and minimise its disruptions is integral to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2017.Considering this as priority, several organisations are sensitising the citizens on Climate Change. Over 40 expats and diplomats from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, China and Uzbekistan participated in a ‘TukTuk Rally Treasure Hunt’ organised by Travelsamosa.com and Routern.com on April 9, 2017. Participating teams had to navigate through the streets of Delhi, find clues and ride on the tuktuks or auto-rickshaws.This was a first of its kind event where the participants not only explored Delhi in a fun way, but also contributed to charity. A total of 10% of the funds raised were donated to the Rajeev Smriti Gas Pidit Punarwas Kendra, an NGO that works for the welfare of victims and families of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.The TukTuk rally was inaugurated by H.E. Melba Pria, Ambassador for Mexico in India, who herself rides tuktuk around Delhi and H.E. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India. The show stopper of the event was the auto in which the Mexican Ambassador travels reducing the carbon footprints.The teams raced to solve riddles and performed some fun tasks such as making candy floss, learning Bollywood dialogues, finding a shop in busy streets of Paharganj, taking pictures in abstract frame etc to score points.The event was conducted in association with Travel Samosa (www.travelsamosa.com), a local guide for global experiences. Founded by Smriti Saxena, who is among the top two percent most read reviewers in Delhi, Travel Samosa is one stop shop that provides information about travel, food, experiences, culture and events.Another partner was Routern.com (www.routern.com), which empowers the traveller to travel easy and enables to choose own destinations with personalised routes. It’s an innovation and technology driven map-based platform that caters to all travel related needs.The funds raised were donated to Rajeev Smriti Foundation, a Gas victim’s rehabilitation centre at Bhopal. This is an organisation working for legal, economic, social and medical rehabilitation of Bhopal Gas victims. It is a result of the people’s movement fought for the rights of victims. Its founders are accredited for raising people’s voices after December 3, 1984 and getting an interim compensation.They have been fighting for medical and legal battles for complete compensation, disposal of toxic waste and the economic rehabilitation of the gas victims specially women. Now the organisation is working to bring a social change in other sections of the society especially minorities, women and tribals of central India through various socio economic projects SHG formation cluster development and other interventions.The teams which emerged as winners are as follows:– 1st prize: Diplomats from Embassy of Germany in India won a stay for two at the Hyatt Regency Gurgaon (including transfers)– 2nd prize: Diplomats from Canada won a meal for two at the Tourist restaurant, Connaught Place, Delhi– 3rd prize: Chinese nationals won a gift bag by Heels & ShoesFollowing are the five takeaways of the event:Cooperation- The global nature of Climate Change calls for broad international cooperation in building resilience and adaptive capacity to its adverse effects, developing sustainable low-carbon pathways to the future and accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.Carbon footprint reductions- The event promoted eco friendly vehicle auto rickshaw. Compared to the gas-guzzling sedans and SUVs used by most foreign delegates, autos in the capital– runs on CNG, a more eco-friendly alternative to fuel.Change within for better tomorrow- Climate Change often exacerbates disasters. Between 1990 and 2016, more than 1.8 million people died in internationally reported disasters, with annual deaths trending upwards. As a result, more countries are acting on the imperative to implement national and local disaster risk reduction strategies. In 2015, 83 countries had legislative and/or regulatory provisions in place for managing disaster risk.Convention on Climate Change- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is responsible for providing a range of national reports on their efforts to implement the agreement. As of April 4, 2016, 161 intended nationally determined contributions, from 189 of the 197 Parties to the Framework Convention (the European Commission submitted one joint intended determined contribution) had been recorded by the secretariat of the Framework Convention, providing insights into the efforts many countries are taking to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning. Among those countries, 137 parties included an adaptation component in their intended nationally determined contributions. Some countries stressed that adaptation was their main climate change priority, with strong linkages to other aspects of national development, sustainability and security.Climate Fund– Developed countries have committed to mobilizing by 2020, $100 billion a year in climate financing from a wide variety of sources to help address the needs of developing countries. By 2025, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will set a new collective goal of at least $100 billion per year. The Green Climate Fund, a mechanism within the Framework Convention created to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices, is an important delivery vehicle for this financing. As of May 2016, the Green Climate Fund had mobilised $10.3 billion.Thus, with the above takeaways let’s pray the traditional Indian way- ‘Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu’ which means ‘Let the world be safe and happy’.