The Jaipur Literature Festival, scheduled for March 5-14, 2022, will feature a brilliant series of sessions on climate change and the environment. As climate change remains at the center of multiple debates and policies, the festival will host a range of different speakers addressing different angles of the issue.
The rich program will include a session with Bruno Maçães, award-winning author, international commentator and advisor to some of the world’s leading geopolitics and technology companies, who will explore the study of an emerging global order that is competitive and driven. to investigate. by the need to adapt and survive in increasingly hostile natural environments. In conversation with former diplomat and author Navtej Sarna, Maçães will discuss the book Geopolitics for the End Time: From the Pandemic to the Climate Crisis.
Clean energy is often seen as an investment in the future. This investment must be understood, as the focus shifts to clean and renewable energy sources, taking a new direction in the environmental movement. Rahul Munjal, the chairman and general manager of Hero Future Energies, one of India’s leading independent energy producers, is committed to positively impacting the environment by increasing the share of renewable energy sources. Alongside him will be Amitabh Kant, the CEO of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and a key driver of initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Incredible India and God’s Own Country and academic Siddharth Singh, author of The Great Smog of india. Munjal and Kant discuss the future of clean energy and climate action. The panel is in discussion with Srivatsan Iyer.
Simon Mundy, Financial Times journalist and author of Race for Tomorrow: Survival, Innovation and Profit on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis, will speak about the impact a single person can have in the face of the global climate crisis. His talk will feature stories from inspiring individuals from all regions of the world, as well as the role each of us can play.
Earth has witnessed five major mass extinctions in the past 500 million years — responsible for wiping out nearly three-quarters of its kind each time. Life on Earth has witnessed catastrophic upheavals and existential threats throughout the planet’s long geological history, which has been forced to recover, realign and rebuild. A series called The Urgency of Borrowed Time will feature Pranay Lal, natural history writer, biochemist and public health advocate, who is also author of the famous books Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent and Invisible Empire: The Natural History of Viruses. . The session will explore the fate of dinosaurs and species sealed by extinction events, and humanity’s role in the rising climate crisis.
Urgency of borrowed time also brings Lakshmi Puri, former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and former Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, who has worked extensively on bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, negotiations and as an advocate for human rights and humanitarian action, sustainable development , climate change, gender equality, peace and security. She will be joined by Shombi Sharp, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India and expert in sustainable development, who is working on the country’s Covid-19 response, plans in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Norwegian Ambassador to India, closely focused on clean and sustainable energy. In conversation with Navdeep Suri, the three experts discuss the importance of multilateralism in structural climate action.
In a session that traces the trajectory of climate change and the fight for climate justice, Simon Mundy will present an extraordinary story of the people on the front lines of the climate crisis and how the struggle to respond is reshaping the modern world. Politician, economist, historian and author Jairam Ramesh’s Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India presents a fascinating debate between economic growth and ecological security, highlighting the importance of the environment in a country’s visions for the future. Mridula Ramesh is the author of the acclaimed book, The Climate Solution: India’s Climate Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It. In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Gettleman, the experts will discuss the climate crisis, the global economy and the people at the center of it.
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