Kathleen Rogers
Kathleen Rogers
Topic: It's our turn to lead - Earth Day's 45th anniversary
Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, has worked more than 20 years as an environmental attorney and advocate, focusing on public policy, international law, litigation, and community deve...
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Posted on 19/04/2015 16:31:28
I would like to know about the right of an individual in his own land(not in the legal sense) and why low income people are always displaced when a project is implemented and why they face injustice in rehabilitation and resettlement ?
Prabhavathy Ramakrishnan (from India)
This happens in every country, including my own, where development projects are given priority over environment and local land use rights. This is a major problem in the developing country, including India, where I know local land use laws, and the rights of people are being abridged for development projects. While your prime Minister, Modi, wants immediate development, the US and Europe and a few other countries already took this same attitude and look where it got us. You have the chance to push for clean development so you develop in a way that protects land owners and communities rights but also does not leave you cleaning up the mess as we are doing now. The US and the developed world has the responsibility to support India and other countries' development in an efficient and green may. But no matter what, the rights of land owners and the poor must be preeminent as you all develop. Even in my own neighborhood, landowners rights are trampled if we are not constantly vigilant. And my community has the responsibility to stand with the poor to ensure their rights are fully protected. We live in an imperfect world, especially when it comes to the rights of the poor. We must stand together. In India, you have good environmental impact assessment laws and regulations. But if your government will not enforce them you must go to court. That also takes time and money. It is a long tough process to protect land and environmental rights. I hope that we can all stand together and protect what is left.

Posted on 19/04/2015 16:30:50
Dear Ms. Kathleen,
In what ways could events being organised to mark the anniversary contribute to the formulation of a regally binding climate change regime during the forthcoming COP in Paris, France? Besides, thanks for responding to the question that I posted when marking the 2014 Earth Day.
Francis Bagambilana (from Tanzania (United Republic of))
Thank you very much for asking this question. We are very pleased that you are organizing an event in Tanzania. It is a wonderful country.

This year, many of our events are focused on brining attention to what we hope our leaders will do in Paris. But truthfully we expect them to decide now not later. In other words, Earth Day comes at a great time because the leaders will feel pressure if citizens ask them to work on solving climate. It is especially important for the very develop countries to finance the development of green energy and education in lesser developed countries. And because we know that the poor will experience climate change in a more intense way, we must focus on financing if Paris is to be successful. Our theme this year is "It's Our Turn To Lead," which I think is very appropriate. Petition drives, town hall meetings, community organizing, events with elected officials, even in small cities, would be very helpful. We know that the real action is at the local level.