Speaking engagements

Speaking engagements

Sarada Prasanna Das was a speaker at the ‘Just Transition Dialogues: Empowering Youth for Economic Diversification in Indian Coal Regions’ organised by the Just Transition Research Centre at IIT-Kanpur on 19 June 2024.

Suravee Nayak was a panelist at the Climate Group’s webinar on ‘Winds of change: The path to a just and equitable green transition’ on 30 May 2024. Watch the session’s recording here.

At the What Works Climate Solutions Summit on June 11 at Technische Universität Berlin, Aman Srivastava presented on ‘Addressing path dependence in emissions-economy models for emerging economies’ and how developing countries can better explore possible low-carbon development pathways and align future policies with their needs.

“Our climate change discourse can no longer ignore the questions of climate justice for the most marginalised Dalits, Adivasis, women, children, and other socio-economically disadvantaged groups.” – Suravee Nayak at a session on ‘Climate Justice and Marginalised Social Groups in India’ at the Ambedkar Summer School 2024 organised by the Centre for Dalit Studies and
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, South Asia.

At the 8th Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building in Asia and the Pacific, Shibani Ghosh highlighted a key constitutional challenge in India’s approach to climate change: dispersed law-making power between the Union and the states. “A complex problem like climate change requires extensive cooperation, knowledge sharing, as well as strategic partnerships across levels of governance and outside the government. Conventionally, the Indian federal set-up is not conducive to such engagements.”

Aditya Valiathan Pillai was a speaker at the Transitions Research dialogue on ‘Can We Survive and Thrive in Hotter Cities?’ held on 3 June 2024. “Grounding the heat action plans (HAP) within a regulatory structure and giving it weight is extremely important for anyone implementing HAPs such as a chief heat officer,” he said.

At the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s COP28 discussion on ‘Accelerating the Net Zero Transition in India’ in December 2023, Easwaran J Narassimhan spoke about the need for a climate law in India that’s less regulatory and more enabling in terms of being a guiding force for various ministries.

Bhargav Krishna spoke at IIT Delhi’s Centre of Excellence for Research in Climate Change and Air Pollution in December 2023 on what it would mean to centre health in air pollution policy.

Shreya Shekhar was invited by the Department of Economics at Christ University, Delhi NCR in January to talk about a career in climate and environment research, and her experience in working on energy economics in the Indian space.

Aditya Valiathan Pillai was a speaker at the State of Global Air’s conference on data, policy action and key gaps at the intersection of climate change, air quality and health in South Asia. He presented findings from his work on heat action plans in India and how the State can adapt to extreme heat.

In November 2023, Bhargav Krishna spoke to students at Ashoka University’s Young India Fellowship on how air pollution has evolved in the public consciousness, how the State has responded to it, and how culture has covered these events. He also talked about Delhi’s (and more broadly the IGP) challenges with air pollution, how it affects health, and what can be learned from how others have addressed it.

“We must ensure that the gender injustices present in coal ecosystems are not replicated in the transition to clean energy,” Suravee Nayak at the discussion on delivering a gender-inclusive climate transition in India organised by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics on February 29, 2024.

At the National Disaster Management Authority’s national workshop on heatwaves 2024, Aditya Valiathan Pillai spoke about how the financing problems at the heart of India’s heat action plans (HAPs) can be fixed using Centrally Sponsored Schemes. “There are strong overlaps between these well-funded schemes and HAP solutions,” he said.