Scheduled for March 5-14, 2022, the Jaipur Literature Festival will feature a brilliant lineup of sessions on climate change and the environment. As climate change continues to be at the center of multiple debates and policies, the Festival will host a diverse array of speakers covering different angles of the issue.
The rich program will include, among others, a session with Bruno Maçães, decorated author, international commentator and adviser to some of the world’s largest companies on geopolitics and technology, which will explore the study of an emerging, competitive and motivated world order. by the need to adapt and survive in increasingly hostile natural environments. In a 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 with the focus on clean and renewable energy sources is a new direction in environmentalism. Rahul Munjal, Chairman and CEO of Hero Future Energies, one of India’s leading independent power producers, is committed to making a positive environmental impact by increasing the share of renewable energy. He will be joined by Amitabh Kant, CEO of the National Institution for Transformation of India (NITI Aayog) and a key driver of initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Incredible India and God’s Own Country and Academician Siddharth Singh, author of The Great Smog of India. Munjal and Kant will discuss the future of clean energy and climate action. The panel can be taken in conversation 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 on the impact one person can have in the face of the climate crisis world. His speech will feature stories of inspiring individuals from all parts of the world, as well as the role each of us can play.
Earth has witnessed five major mass extinction events in the past 500 million years – responsible for wiping out almost three quarters of its species each time. Life on earth has witnessed cataclysmic upheavals and existential threats in the planet’s long geological history, forced to recover, realign and rebuild. A series called The Urgency of Borrowed Time will feature Pranay Lal, a natural history writer, biochemist and public health advocate who is also the author of the famous Indica books: A Profound 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 off by extinction events, and humanity’s role in the growing climate crisis.
The urgency of borrowed time will also bring Lakshmi Puri, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and former Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, who has worked extensively in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, negotiations and as a human rights advocate. human and humanitarian action, sustainable development, climate change, gender equality, peace and security. She will be joined by Shombi Sharp, UN Resident Coordinator in India and sustainability expert, working on the country’s Covid-19 response, plans in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Norway’s Ambassador to India. India, closely involved in the focus on clean and renewable energy. In a conversation with Navdeep Suri, the three experts will discuss the importance of multilateralism in structural climate action.
In a session tracing 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 fight to address it is reshaping the modern world. Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India by politician, economist, historian and writer Jairam Ramesh presents a fascinating debate between economic growth and ecological security and highlights the importance of the environment in the future visions of India. a nation. Mridula Ramesh is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Climate Solution: India’s Climate Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It. In a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Gettleman, the experts will discuss the climate crisis, the global economy and the people at its center.
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