As an initiative to break the myth that fossil fuel based development is the only way for India to prosper, DirtE Talks seminar is being organised at the Chinmaya Mission near Lodhi Road in the capital. This is an effort to kick start a mainstream discussion, largely amongst the youth, that will challenge the status quo of how India perceives and acts on its energy needs.
This seminar will not only introduce important concepts like energy equity, unsustainable growth parameters, economic impacts of dependence on fossil fuel, but will also provide a platform for audiences to learn and interact with communities resisting dirty energy projects. Stories from frontline communities hopes to leave a long lasting impact on people, urging them to think about injustice and inequalities arising out of our current systems of generating energy.
With new people joining the climate movement there is now a need to rapidly build public opinion on climate change whilst challenging the social and political factors that are impeding action. To build upon the energy and enthusiasm from the Peoples Climate March a series of seminars are being planned throughout the country.
The key speaker at the event, Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is a founder of 350.org, an organisation named after the safe level of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million.
When: 8 November Where: Chinmaya Mission, Near IHC Lodi Road