State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World (Indian edition)
Book Launch events in October
The Indian Edition of the ‘State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World' was launched in Pune on 6 Oct 09 by Mr Mahesh Zagade, Municipal Commissioner, Pune. The event - with the theme 'Cities Address Climate Change' - was attended by over a hundred participants. It was organized in partnership with Janwani and the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture.
Worldwatch Institute, US publishes State of World every year. The Indian Edition of the 2009 and 2007 reports have been brought out by CEE. State of the World has been a benchmark for discussions on various issues of sustainability and the annual volume acts as a platform to launch further discussion, study, and research.
Book launch events of the Indian edition are being organized in different cities in October 09. The Pune event drew upon the information and ideas presented in the book related to the theme 'Cities Address Climate Change'. Two panel discussions helped to make local connections and suggested the types of local actions which will be necessary.
Mr Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, CEE provided an overview of perspectives related to climate change, India's negotiation position, and the need for change in the development paradigm. Guest of Honour, Mr Zagade appreciated the effort of bringing out the Indian edition and making it easily available. He dwelt on the need for integrating CC mitigation and adaptation measures into the city master plans. He also spoke about the need for a focus on the most vulnerable sections of society. Mr Mukesh Malhotra, President MCCIA recognized the responsibility of business and industry, and commended the book's focus on encouraging the right technologies and market and other approaches for the same.
The first panel focussed on reducing emissions. The Chair Mr Ravi Pandit introduced the theme of Cities, stating that cities provide livelihoods, as well as a good quality of life for some but not all; cities have a major role as they typically have large populations, especially in India; they host manufacuring activity and millions of consumers. Some segments of the population of cities even in India have a large ecological footprint. Cities also are centres of knowledge and so they can play a crucial role in addressing Climate Change.
Panelist Girish Sant presented a comparison of energy consumption patterns in US, India and China, the Indian National Action Plan on Climate Change, and highlighted the need for localized policy-relevant studies on energy efficiency (click here the presentation and transcript of the talk). Panelist Nitant Mate spoke about green businesses and green jobs in the energy sector. The second panel focused on 'Resilience'. Dr Krishna Kumar from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meterology presented an overview of climate change research in India and the anticipated impacts in Maharashtra including due to extreme weather events.
Waste picker Rebecca Kedari and Laxmi Narayan (general secretary of waste pickers union and associated with WIEGO) highlighted the need for a 'Just Transition', focusing on informal sector waste management and recycling. Ideas on participatory governance as an essential ingredient of resilience were presented by Kishori Gadre, Director Janwani. Tasneem Balasinorwala, Janwani concluded the event by recounting some of the suggestions made dring the event and stating that Janwani and CEE would be organizing a series of discussions to take these up in the coming months.
Launch Events in October 09
9th Oct: Ahmedabad
13th Oct: Lucknow
19th Oct: Guwahati
25th Oct: Bhubaneshwar
Last week Oct: Bangalore (date to be decided)
If you would like to participate in the launch events please contact us
Wildlife Week: 1 to 7 Oct
The first week of October is celebrated as Wildlife Week.
(click to view Night out With Turtles slide show on Picasa )
October is also the time when Olive Ridley Turtles start to nest sporadically along the Indian coast. Read Turtle Ahoy
.... a short story-article (publishing Friday, 2 October) in CEE's Earthcare page in Sakal Young Buzz describing efforts to educate young people about coastal environment and development issues and to protect turtles.
"It is a late evening on the beach. The air is cool, the first signs of winter setting in. Sujeet and I are leading a Turtle Walk. Suddenly we hear our children scream, “moving rock, coming out of the sea”. Just a few metres away a beautiful Olive Ridley sea turtle was emerging from the sea to lay her eggs. More ...
Saiha in Mizoram houses some of the best remaining rainforests in these parts of our country. Forests, that people share with wild species, across the landscape. Samrakshan’ is engaged in conservation education at Saiha in a variety of ways, for school going children, members of youth groups, village councils and forest department personnel. In this special article for Wildlife Week for Green Teacher, Nimesh Ved describes some his experiences of designing and implementing these educational programmes. Read on ....
This six-episode series features outstanding efforts in Education for Sustainable Development in South and Southeast Asia. It goes in search of answers to these key questions:
* What can ordinary people do for our planet, now under siege from multiple environmental crises
* How can we change attitudes and lifestyles to consume less and generate less waste?
The stories -– drawn from Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand -- were selected through competitive public nominations in 2007. Each 10 minute story is a self-contained documentary, filmed on location by a local film crew with the participation of local organizations whose work was being profiled. The entire series can be viewed on line at Saving the Planet
Saving the Planet is an educational media project dedicated to the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, 2005 – 2014. It is implemented by TVE Asia Pacific in collaboration with the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), Tokyo, Japan, under the framework of ACCU-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme with support from the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Promotion of Education for Sustainable Development.
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