Dedicated to the youth of India, PIC’s first self-published book launched on World Environment Day

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Pune, 7th June 2024: Pune International Centre (PIC) marked World Environment Day (June 5) with the launch of its first self-published book, ‘Sustainable and Climate Resilient Development for India’, edited by eminent scientist Prof. Amitav Mallik, Head of PIC’s research vertical Energy, Environment and Climate Change (EECC), and Trustee, PIC.

The book — with 9 sustainability experts writing on the threat of climate change and the way forward — was launched by the authors, along with Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, event Chairperson, and President, PIC; Dr. Ajit Ranade, Special Guest, and Vice Chancellor, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics; and Abhay Vaidya, Director, PIC.

Tracing the history of World Environment Day to 1972, Prof. Amitav Mallik said we knew back then that we were running into trouble with the climate. The problem is “real’ and we “are bringing our doom,” he warned. “Unfortunately, everybody is chasing GDP,” he said, and stressed on evolving a “green GDP”. Pointing to PIC EECC’s “India’s Youth Manifesto for a Climate Secure Future” brought out two years ago, he said it is the youth’s future that matters. “It is high time we gave climate action good thought.” He said awareness about climate change has increased but climate action is not happening and that without clean renewable energy, our survival is not possible.

Dr. Ajit Ranade said the messaging should be to “stop the theft”, as we are “stealing from the future generation”. “Sustainable development is about morality and about the unborn generation,” he noted.

Referring to the 50-plus degree Celsius heat experienced in Delhi and elsewhere, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar said we are feeling the impact of climate change. Agreeing with Dr. Ranade’s views, he said we are “stealing from our children”. “We cannot have development with humans as bystanders. New development should balance economics, equity, ethics and environment,” he added.

After the book launch, six of the authors came together for a panel discussion and shared their concerns about climate change and the solutions. The discussion, moderated by one of the authors, Dr. Gurudas Nulkar (Senior Fellow at PIC), featured Dr. Nitant Mate (Partner at SeeGreen Solutions), Dr. Priyadarshini Karve (Founder Director of Samuchit Enviro Tech), Aditi Kale (Director at CCP Environmental Foundation), Megha Phadkay (who worked as Climate Policy researcher at PIC), and Shalvi Pawar (who worked as Research Associate at PIC). Two authors, Mr. Ejaz Ghani (former Lead Economist at World Bank) and Ajay Shankar (Distinguished Fellow at TERI), were not present. The programme was anchored by Sanika Potnis, Research Assistant, PIC.