In partnership with Kubernein Initiative (KI), we are thrilled to launch our Sustainable India Report, and the six panelists on this webinar give an insightful and inspiring overview of the components of this Report.
As 2023 marks the halfway point towards SDG targets, and it is the same year that India hosts the G20 for the first time, this Report could not be timelier. Priyanka Bhide, a co-founder of KI, introduces the Report as a snapshot of the prospectives into India’s sustainability journey; the Report addresses India’s drive towards meeting their SDGs as curated under REVOLVE’s five themes of sustainability: ecosystems, energy, mobility, water, and circular. Priyanka acknowledges that sustainability “requires a shift,” and that Indian policymaking must be aligned with People, the Planet, and Progress. The Sustainable India Report ultimately introduces new projects and perspectives, and their journeys from ideation to implementation.
Hitesh Vaidya, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and the webinar’s keynote speaker, outlines six themes of bringing sustainability into practice, all of which are expanded upon in the Report. Hitesh describes the Report as a resource to “create awareness among the people” and delineate the “wisdom for cities to make [educated] and sustainable choices.” The Report also brings new thinking into sustainability discourse which will enable the “catalyzation of the whole ecosystem.”
Tarun Sharma, the co-founder of Nagrika, acknowledges the Report’s ability to encourage citizen participation in sustainability policymaking; “governance is a process; there are many voices and actors that have important roles in shaping policies and decisions.” Likewise, sustainable architect Neha Bellal shares a captivating story of her time living in a small, Himalayan village where she engaged in grassroots mobilization and project leading. Uttra Dasgupta reinforces the Report’s emphasis on citizen participation, and she discusses how the projects and initiatives discussed in the Report actively challenge existing socio-economic vulnerabilities.