Global Challenges Lecture Series: Reinventing Growth Without Pollution: Can India Find Answers?

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12 March 2014 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Reinventing growth without pollution: Can India find answers?

India's challenges of sustainable growth cannot be solved through the current paradigm of resource and environmental management. Are there options to do development differently? How real are these? Why would India succeed in reinventing growth without pollution where the world (and Australia) has failed? Ms Narain will discuss developments in India and where possible strategies for sustainable and affordable growth could work.

Ms Sunita Narain is currently the director general of the Centre and the director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. She is a writer and environmentalist, who uses knowledge for change. In 2005 she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government. She has also received the World Water Prize for work on rainwater harvesting and for its policy influence in building paradigms for community based water management. In 2005, she also chaired the Tiger Task Force at the direction of the Prime Minister, to evolve an action plan for conservation in the country after the loss of tigers in Sariska. She advocated solutions to build a coexistence agenda with local communities so that benefits of conservation could be shared and the future secured. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change as well as the National Ganga River Basin Authority, chaired by the Prime Minister, set up to implement strategies for cleaning the river.

Climate Change: working for an effective and equitable regime

Ms Narain began work on climate change in the early 1990. In 1991, she co-authored Global warming in an unequal world: A case of environmental colonialism, which played a critical role in establishing the principle of equity in the framework convention on climate change. Since then she has continued to work in building awareness and consensus about the need for an effective and equitable climate change agreement. She has researched and authored publications on different aspects of the climate regime – from aspects of negotiating positions to critiques of various trading mechanisms and options for mitigation and adaptation. In 2008-09, she served as a member of the Swedish government’s high level commission on the need for adaptation and its links with development. 

The Oration will be chaired by Professor Robyn Eckersley of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne

Time: 12 Mar 2014, 6pm

Location:  Upstairs Seminar Room, Australia India Institute, 147-149 Barry St Carlton, The University of Melbourne, 3053

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