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Posted on December 13, 2021
New Delhi: Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi) today organized its third Delhi Digital Conclave (DDC) on the topic Climate Action for a Sustainable Urban Future (DDC ’21). The intention behind DDC is to provide a public platform for thinking about new technologies, sustainability and climate action to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that the effects of human-induced climate change are irrevocable and urgent global collective action is required. Those with multiple vulnerabilities will be the most affected in the Anthropocene era, while contributing the least to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Climate action has been adopted as one of the SDGs. There is a need to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, using new technologies and changes in policy making.
With the theme ‘Climate action for a sustainable urban future’, two specific questions were raised when brainstorming on climate action as a concrete policy framework for negotiating climate change:
- How to integrate climate change and social sustainability into urban planning and policy making?
- Can digital interventions be integrated into planning for a sustainable urban future?
In the opening session, Professor Ranjan Bose, Director of IIIT-Delhi, highlighted the role of technological institutions in climate change adaptation policies.
Mr. Jasmine, Deputy Chairman of the Delhi Dialogue Commission, Government of Delhi, spoke about the challenges Delhi faces regarding climate change and related policy formulations. Mr Shah claimed that 70% of pollution in Delhi is due to outside sources. He also highlighted the Delhi government policies on climate policies and actions. The 2020 electric vehicle policy and the solar project are just a few of the interventions.
“The naivety / ignorance of the politics and power that is linked to climate change can cause us to ignore how we diagnose and respond to the crisis. When transport, for example, is perceived as a problem and not as a socio-political concern, solutions are considered in the form of parking spaces, additional roads, etc. But when we view it as a difficult situation, the answers go beyond aspects of effectiveness.. Said Rohan D’souza, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Studies, Kyoto University.
The conclave brought together practitioners, researchers and experts working on digital technologies and public policies, as well as students and concerned citizens who are committed to the cause of climate action. The event anchored the discussions in the case of the Delhi region and the NCR. Many experts, policy makers and academics joined the event, including:
- Mr. Jasmine Shah – Vice-President, Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission
- Ambassador Shyam Saran – Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Principal Investigator and Board Member of the Center for Policy Research
- Dr Chitra Venkatramani – Assistant Professor, NUS, Singapore
- Dr Prakash Kashwan – Professor, University of Connecticut, USA
- Dr. Kasia Paprocki – Professor, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
- Dr Hita Unnikrishnan – Newton International Fellow (British Academy), Sheffield Urban Institute
- Mr. Sohail Hashmi – Historian, filmmaker and writer
If things are to change, we must face the question of how we view the relationship between humans and nature. We will have to go back to our traditions where nature is our mother, we have to cherish nature and not conquer it, which is a western concept. Mr. Shyam Saran – former Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Principal Investigator and Board Member of the Center for Policy Research
Some of the themes that have been explored are:
- Urban sustainability and governance
- Community and social equity in the climate action discourse
- Sustainability and technology
- Local and global activism for climate justice
Besides the online event, an art exhibition on the theme of climate change and the future of the planet was also organized, where local artists, Atul Bhalla, Ravi Aggarwal, Gigi Scaria, presented their work on the broader theme of ecology and the environment. We also had an illustrator from Madras, Aafreen Fathima, who designed the “graffiti” wall, where the organizing team collected hashtags related to localized climate action issues.