State of the World: Into a Warming World -The Indian Edition Launch
The Indian edition of State of the World Report 2009, which is focused on Climate Change, has been brought out by CEE. State of the World Report, published annually by Worldwatch Institute, Washington, has been a benchmark for discussions on various issues of sustainability and the annual volume acts as a platform to launch further discussion, study, and research.
The launch of the Indian edition State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World, is planned in different parts of the country at Ahmedabad, Bangalore , Bubhaneshwar, Delhi , Guwahati, Lucknow and Pune. The events have been designed to trigger a series of discussions on various aspects of climate change. The first three launches have already been held.
The SOW Indian edition launch events are being held as a part of CEE's climate change education programme and are being supported by ArcelorMittal.
The Pune event - with the theme 'Cities Address Climate Change', and attended by over a hundred participants, was organized in partnership with Janwani and the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture on 6 October. Two panel discussions helped to make local connections and suggested the types of local actions which will be necessary.
‘ India has an easier route. We have a shortcut. We can go to the eco-society straight, rather than through the route of classical industrialisation'
- Mr. Mahesh Zagade, Municipal Commissioner, Pune at the first launch at Pune
The panel discussions focused on 'Emissions Reduction and Energy Efficiency' and 'Resilience, Justice and Governance'.
The launch function in Ahmedabad took place on 9 October , at the CEE campus. Panel discussions were organised on – ‘Perspectives on Industry, Energy and Climate Change'; and ‘Perspectives on Health and Climate Change'.
The discussions emphasised that with a growing population and growing needs that the earth's resources have to meet, energy efficiency gains much importance. The panel discussed among other things, the critical need for 'demand' side management for energy efficiency, as well as potential of solar energy as an alternative energy source.
It was suggested that apart from renewable energies being an alternative, the efficiency increase of the fossil fuel energy too can help in energy conservation.
The second panel threw up some less discussed aspects of the impacts of climate change. For example, the increase in heat stress and heat disorders, the impact on women who will be greatly affected in many ways, and the increase in pandemics like the H1N1. Ms. Indu Kapoor, Director, CHETNA, emphasised that data generated during disasters was not gender discriptive, and it is women who are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
The book launch in Lucknow on 13 October was followed by a panel discussion on ‘Agriculture' and ‘Water' in relation to Climate Change. The event was attended by over 50 participants representing government departments, NGOs, Universities, institutions, schools and media. The agriculture panel covered themes like land use patterns for agriculture and forestry and food security while the water panel discussed themes related to water stress, sanitation and health; gender and water management; and preparedness and resilience to natural disasters.