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Climate change and its likely impacts present serious challenges to an aspirational and rapidly urbanising India. Erratic rains, flooding, heat waves, air pollution, water shortages and now the pandemic have brought sharply into focus how unprepared indian cities are for any crisis. With every crisis, it seems that it doesn’t take much before our cities crumble into chaos.
A large percentage of urban residents, are poor who live in less than acceptable conditions with no security of tenure and work in the unorganised sector. Despite the many complications and challenges, India should find ways of productively engaging with the problems of urbanization in the time of climate change, because it’s impacts will increasingly threaten development outcomes.
Join our expert panel as they discuss how climate change will impact urban India, what can be done to build inherent resilience for safe, liveable, healthy cities and how can we get there.
In collaboration with Bengaluru Sustainability Forum
Anu Jogesh is the Policy and Governance lead at Acclimatise, an international climate change advisory specializing in climate adaptation and risk management. Anu is based in New Delhi and works on adaptation and risk resilience projects globally, with a focus on South and South East Asia. She is a qualitative researcher with over 13 years’ experience focused on the multi-level governance of climate change, specifically domestic and sub-national planning in the region.
Prior to joining Acclimatise, Anu was with the Centre for Policy Research where she worked on State Action Plans on Climate Change in India. Anu also works on media discourse analyses of climate change and has contributed to papers and articles on the same. Her recent publications include Ten years after: Evaluating state action plans in India, and The Shifting Discourse on Climate Change in the Indian Print Media
Anu was a business and environmental journalist between 2001 and 2009. She is a Chevening Scholar and holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.
Prem is a practicing architect in Bangalore, India, who also writes, lectures and blogs on architecture, urbanism, art, cultural studies, politics, philosophy & education.
One of Prem’s pieces on the subject can be viewed here.
Ashwin Mahesh is a social technologist and urbanist based in Bangalore, India. After a 15-year career in science, during which he was a polar climate scientist and an astronomer, he switched to social enterprise, focused on urban development and governance. He is a founder of the technology lab, Mapunity, which builds urban social networking platforms and tools for citizens, public administrators and businesses. He is also a co-founder of Lithium, which operates the first and largest fleet of electric cars in India. He is a co-founder and editor of the national public affairs magazine, India Together. He has been an advisor to many initiatives of state and national governments in India. He was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurs in 2009.
His personal website is www.ashwinmahesh.in
Prof. M V Rajeev Gowda is an Indian politician and academician. He is a member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha since July 2014 and a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress. He also currently serves as Chairman of the “Congress Research Department”. He was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences and the Chairperson of the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and has taught a range of courses. He served as the Director of the Central Board,Reserve Bank of India. He is currently the Advisor for Bridge India, a progressive non-profit think tank set up In London in 2018.
Ravichandar was a member of the Expert Committee on BBMP Restructuring exercise. He set up a City Connect platform for Corporates, Civil Society and Government to work together. Tender SURE was a City Connect initiative. Ravichandar has been active on urban issues in India on a pro bono basis since 2000 when he was a member of BATF and instrumental in designing SAS property tax system.
Ravichandar has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.