ABOUT

Udaan is a gathering of mostly young people from across India. It is part of a larger global project called Global Power Shift initiated by international climate movement building organisation, 350.org.

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 Global Power Shift and Udaan seek to build a collective of young people who will question and disrupt the status quo and capture the public’s attention using creative methods of communicating the issue of climate change in India and around the world.

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The problem of climate change looms large and we must act swiftly and strongly if we are to have any chance at limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, let alone get back from 400 to 350 ppm (parts per million), the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide that the world’s scientists say is necessary. A strong international climate movement is needed now more than ever.

For the first time the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii has recorded carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations of 400 ppm. Climate change is here and now, not a distant problem of the future. It is an urgent problem that warrants immediate action. The science is clear —  if we pour another 565 gigatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere by mid-century, we’ll have a 80% chance of remaining below 2 degrees Centigrade.  If we stay on our current emissions trajectory, we will surpass this threshold in the next 15 years. 

Recognising our diversity of contexts around the globe and the need for our movement to work on several fronts, here are the main strategic areas that focussed on through Global Power Shift and we are now adapting to the planning of Udaan 2013.

(1) the problem — confronting the fossil fuel industry,

(2) the impacts — highlighting the impacts and urgency of the climate crisis, and

(3) the solutions — democratised, distributed renewable energy that will work for people and the planet.

Udaan will go on for five days — December 15 to December 19, 2013 — and will be a chance for all of us to refine our skills, create personal bonds and community,  share visions for change and strategise how to organise actions in the regions we come from. Udaan will also launch a nationwide climate campaign and empower it’s participants to return home with the necessary skill and tools to lead their own local action groups. These groups will in turn educate the public about the realities (causes and impacts) and the solutions to climate change, implement solutions projects and campaign and recruit for mass global action leading into 2014 and 2015.