Essays on Hydropower and Climate Change issues of Sikkim
Edited by Tshering Eden and Pema Wangchuk
The eight essays featured in this book were first published as part of the “Spotlight” series in Gangtok-based English daily, SummitTimes, in April-May 2018. The series was an attempt to highlight issues surrounding hydel projects and climate change in and around Sikkim. While ‘environment’ is often part of discussions in Sikkim at various levels, deeper investigations into what is happening on ground remain sparse. The series, therefore, hoped to draw attention towards the need for such enquiries and to underline their importance in understanding the impact of climate change and the environmental concerns of developing hydropower projects. The essays cover the beginnings of hydropower generation in Sikkim to climate change impacts on ground, stories we hope can add to and explain the already existing knowledge on these subjects.
Activists’ Stories Of Resisting Hydropower Projects
CCMCC-NWO project, “Hydropower development in the context of climate change: Exploring conflicts and fostering cooperation across scales and boundaries in the Eastern Himalayas
This book presents the stories of six hydropower related movements in the Eastern Himalayas. Two of the authors are from Nepal, while the others live in various states in the North Eastern region of India. The conflicts these actors are part of and describe here, are at various stages in their life cycles with the Ithai barrage in Manipur being operational for decades to the West Seti hydropower project being stalled at the land requisition stage, now for two decades since the first MoU was signed between the Government of Nepal and West Seti Hydropower Limited. The means of protest range from hunger strikes in the Teesta basin to impounding turbines in Subansiri. One very effective way in which the protesters prevented work progressing on the Lower Subansiri Dam was by preventing the passage of construction material to the site. At one point, they impounded the trucks carrying turbines and so stalled work. All this diversity is reflected in the chapters that the authors have drafted.
The opening plenary session for the 2019 Ki Ta Ski Naw: Our Land Conference took place on Friday, November 8th, at the University of Winnipeg
Panel: Site C through Keeyask to Muskrat Falls
Moderator: Sarah Cox, Investigative Journalist and Author
Robert Spence, Tataskweyak Cree Nation
Denise Cole, Labrador Land Protectors
Connie Greyeyes, Fort Frances, BC
This spring, Senator Mary Jane McCallum put forth a request for a special investigation into the Office of the Auditor General of Canada to examine the cumulative adverse impacts of resource extraction and development in Canada. We were honoured to have Senator McCallum along with her colleagues James Campbell and Anna Millest participate in the conference. They shared insight into their experience throughout the conference, as well as the importance of their request for a special investigation, in their presentation on the final day of the conference. They highlighted the various challenges they learned about from those in attendance experiencing the first hand impacts of hydro development, and reminded us that by working together, we can make way for a brighter future.