Pune citizens hold one day climate fast in support of Sonam Wangchuk’s efforts to safeguard Ladakh

Pune citizens hold one day climate fast in support of Sonam Wangchuk's efforts to safeguard Ladakh

Pune citizens hold one day climate fast in support of Sonam Wangchuk's efforts to safeguard Ladakh

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Pune saw the protest, ‘Gaon Chodab Nahi, Jungle Chodab Nahi’ on Sunday, March 17 as the city concluded its one-day climate fast in solidarity with Sonam Wangchuk’s efforts to secure the sixth schedule for Ladakh’s protection. This protest took place at Vetal Tekdi in Pune.

Wangchuk commenced his protest on March 6 in Leh, Ladakh, with the aim to fast in stages of 21 days each, drawing thousands across cities to join the cause.

Shweta Kulkarni, an astronomer and Wangchuk’s collaborator, emphasized his 21-day fast until death as an important initiative for nature conservation. She stressed the irreplaceable nature of Earth and the urgency to address climate challenges.

After the repeal of Article 370 in 2019, Ladakh became a separate Union Territory without a legislature, prompting advocates like Jigmat Ladol to call for the promised sixth schedule. This schedule would empower Ladakh to legislate on crucial matters like forest management and social customs.

Ladol underscored the need to protect Ladakh’s sensitive environment and endangered species, such as the snow leopard and black-necked crane, endangered due to rising temperatures and excessive tourism.

The call for the sixth schedule isn’t just about Ladakh’s local governance but about safeguarding the environment and indigenous cultures, resonating with concerns across India and the globe.

Pune’s participation in the climate fast signifies solidarity with Ladakh’s quest for ecological preservation and cultural heritage

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