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The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the injustice and inequalities that are built into our economic, governmental and social systems. Those disproportionately affected by the pandemic are also those who will suffer the most from the impacts and consequences of climate change. At the same time, responses to the pandemic, at the local, regional and global level, have also indicated new emergent possibilities when there is shared sense of urgency and a wide-ranging socio-political commitment to decisive action.
The idea of Climate Justice is fundamentally predicated on viewing climate change as more than just a scientific concept. This shifts focus to the philosophical, political, cultural, and contextual dimensions of climate change as refracted through embodied and situated considerations of justice.
This World Environment Day, join us for a conversation between Chandra Bhushan, Navroz Dubash, Tejal Kanitkar and Abhayraj Naik, to explore the opportunities and challenges of this moment for a truly transformational shift towards Climate Justice in India.
In collaboration with Bengaluru Sustainability Forum
Navroz K Dubash
Navroz K Dubash is a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, who has been actively engaged in global and national debates on climate change, air quality, energy and water as a researcher, policy advisor and activist for over 25 years.
He was instrumental in establishing the global Climate Action Network in 1990, and has since written widely about climate politics, policy and governance. Navroz is currently Coordinating Lead Author on national and sub-national policies and institutions for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, serves on the UNEP GAP Report Steering Committee, and has been has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019. He has worked to inform and advise Indian government policy-making on climate change, energy, air and water policy over the last decade, and serves on various policy committees in these areas, including the committee on a Long Term Strategy for Low Carbon Development for India,
His most recent work is an edited book, India in a Warming World with OUP. In 2015 he was conferred the T N Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance and his recent co-authored paper was awarded the Emerging Nations Award for 2018 by Environmental Research Letters.
Tejal Kanitkar is an Associate Professor in the Energy Environment Program of the School of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.
She is a mechanical engineer by training and her research interests lie in the areas of energy, development, and climate policy. She has worked on trying to integrate perspectives from the natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences to understand the interconnected aspects of energy production and access, scientific and technological advancement in this sector, and policy shifts and instruments, in terms of their importance for ensuring the development and economic wellbeing of people, especially in the era of acute environmental crises such as climate change.
Chandra Bhushan is an environmentalist and one of India’s foremost environment and climate change experts. He is presently the CEO of International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST).
He has a wide-ranging research and public policy interests. He has researched, written and campaigned for issues ranging from climate change and energy transformation to rights of mining-affected people and industrial pollution. He has authored/ co-authored 20 books and authored/ co-authored/ directed more than 60 reports.
He has a deep interest in global environmental governance and has worked closely with countries to influence outcomes at the UNFCCC and the Montreal Protocol. He was conferred with the Ozone Award by the UN Environment in 2017 for his contributions towards the framing of the Kigali Amendments to the Montreal Protocol.
Bhushan advises a range of institutions worldwide. He is an expert member for the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) group of countries on Climate Change. He served as a Member, Engagement Committee of the Future Earth.
He writes a fortnightly column in Financial Express and a monthly column in the Times of India.
Abhayraj Naik is an activist-academic, community builder, and design hacker for transformative change. His work focuses on education, environment, ethics, cities, and technology. Abhayraj is a co-founder of the Initiative for Climate Action (www.actionclimate.org), which is a Bangalore-headquartered non-profit organisation devoted to transformative climate action. He is also a Visiting Faculty at Azim Premji University, and teaches interdisciplinary courses on climate, environment, justice, law, policy, and research methods at a number of universities across India. He has published widely on issues in environmental law and policy, regulation theory and implementation, climate change, mobility rights, social justice, etc.
Abhayraj is passionate about animals, cycling, ethico-aesthetic politics, magic-as-a-heuristic, and social justice. He loves taking on complex problems with a system change mindset to generate and strengthen collaborative pathways for flourishing cultures. He holds degrees from the National Law School of India University and Yale Law School.