Indiaspora Climate Summit

April 20th, 2021 Virtual

Join us for our upcoming Indiaspora Climate Summit on April 20th that will address topics around climate and environmental justice, and bring together policy experts, advocates, and leaders in the environmental, climate change, sustainability, and energy space, with talks, as well as breakout discussions.

Session I: The India Perspective

How do you prosper in a net-zero economy?

Featuring:

  • Satya Tripathi, Secretary General at the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet (and recent UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office, UN Environment)
  • Kamaljit S. Bawa, Founder-President, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
  • Jane Burston, Executive Director, Clean Air Fund
  • Arjun Divecha, Founder-Director, The Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bengalaru
  • Ricky Kej, Grammy award-winning musician, composer, and environmentalist
  • Hisham Mundol, Chief Advisor, India, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Shloka Nath, Acting Director, India Climate Collaborative
  • Rohini Nilekani, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, and Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam
  • Deepika Rawat, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Hamburg, and explorer with 2041 Foundation
  • Anita Nagpal Schwartz, India Development Director, Nature Conservancy
  • Robert Charles Swan, OBE, FRGS, the first person to walk both Poles, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth, and Founder, 2041 Foundation

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Session II: The U.S. Perspective

How does the U.S. get to a net-zero economy?

Featuring:

  • Gitanjali Rao, scientist, inventor, first-ever TIME Kid of the Year
  • Sejal Hathi, Chair, DiasporaNEXT Advisory Board
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra, California State Assembly
  • Ricky Kej, Grammy award-winning musician, composer, and environmentalist
  • Shefali Mehta, Founder and Principal, Open Rivers Consulting
  • Gopal Patel, Director, Bhumi Global
  • Raj V. Rajan, Vice President of Project Development at Direct Connect Development Company and Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
  • Jigar Shah, Director, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Harmit Singh, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Levi Strauss & Co
  • Sumant Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director, ReNew Power
  • Varun Sivaram, Senior Adviser to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Secretary John Kerry
  • Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
  • Riddhima Yadav, Nonresident Fellow, Aspen Institute, and Sustainable Finance Group, Goldman Sachs

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Indiaspora Climate Summit

April 20, 2021

Session I: The India Perspective

How do you prosper in a net-zero economy?

8 – 10 pm IST | 7:30 – 9:30 am PDT | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT

(All Times for this session IST)

Welcome Remarks

Keynote: A Paradigm Shift: The Net Zero Opportunity for India

Satya Tripathi, Secretary General at the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet, and former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office, UN Environment

Talk: Commiting to Antarctica, India & Climate Action

Rob Swan, the first person to explore North and South poles, and founder of 2041 Foundation; UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth; Visiting Professorship of the School of Environment at Leeds University; Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO

Q&A: Climate Research in India & Going to Antarctica

Deepika Rawat, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Hamburg, and explorer on expedition to Antarctica

Fireside Chat: How to Grow A TREE in the Era of Climate Change

    • Professor Kamaljit S. Bawa, Founder-President, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
    • Rohini Nilekani, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, and Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam, supporting sustainable water and sanitation solutions

Breakout discussions

Contribute to one of these discussions.

Biodiversity and Livelihoods

India is focused on mitigation efforts through restoring lands and greening India. What are they? How does this effort relate to rural job creation? What are other ecosystem services provided? How do these efforts contribute to climate resilience? Anita Schwartz, The Nature Conservancy (Chair)

Business and Climate Change

What is the opportunity for the business sector to advance progressive climate practices, and are there direct benefits for them?  What are barriers that corporates are uniquely positioned to address, and realise shareholder value while doing so?  Is there an emergent opportunity for climate tech in India and what will it take to realise this? Hisham Mundol, EDF (Chair)

Counting the cost of air pollution

With economies opening up, air pollution has escalated again across cities such as Delhi. Alongside the health and environmental costs associated with air pollution, what are the economic costs? How does dirty air harm business and are some sectors of industry more affected than others? Find out about the headline findings of a new study on the economic impact of air pollution in India, and discuss how to meet the government’s ambitious National Clean Air Plan targets. Jane Burston, Clean Air Fund (Chair)

Summary of Breakout Discussions

Panel discussion: India Tomorrow: Perspectives from Climate Philanthropy

    • Shloka Nath, Acting Director, India Climate Collaborative (Chair)
    • Jane Burston, Executive Director, Clean Air Fund
    • Hisham Mundol, Chief Advisor, India, EDF
    • Anita Nagpal Schwartz, India Development Director, The Nature Conservancy

Talk: Driving Institutional Change for Climate Action (working title)

Arjun Divecha, Founder-Director, The Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bengalaru

Performance: One With Earth

Ricky Kej, Grammy® Award Winner & US Billboard #1 artist, an internationally renowned composer and environmentalist

Concluding Remarks

Session II: The U.S. Perspective

How does the U.S. become a net-zero economy?

April 20, 2021

8 – 10 pm EDT | 5 – 7 pm PDT | 5:30 – 7:30 am (Apr 21) IST

 

(All Times EDT)

8 pm          Welcome Remarks

8:05 pm     Opening Keynote: The role of science and technology as a catalyst for social change

Gitanjali Rao, Scientist, Inventor, TIME’s 2020 Kid of the Year, creator of Tethys, a portable device for safe drinking water

8:20 pm     Fireside Chat: Young Engagement, Interfaith Action, Agriculture &

Nature-centric Food Systems

      • Shefali Mehta, Founder and Principal, Open Rivers Consulting
      • Gopal Patel, Director, Bhumi Global

8:30 pm     Stay Tuned: DiasporaNEXT to launch this summer to engage the next generation

of the Indian diaspora

Sejal Hathi, Chair, DiasporaNEXT Advisory Board and Indiaspora Board member

8:35 pm     Talk: Participation in Climate Action

Assemblymember Ash Kalra, California State Assembly, District 27, San Jose area

8:40 pm    Talk: Financing the Scale-up of Clean Energy Innovation

Jigar Shah, Director, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy

8:50 pm     Fireside Chat: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) & Corporate Sustainability

      • Harmit Singh, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Levi Strauss & Co
      • Riddhima Yadav, Nonresident Fellow, Aspen Institute, and Sustainable Finance Group, Goldman Sachs

9:05 pm    Performance: One Family

Ricky Kej, Grammy® Award Winner & US Billboard #1 artist, an internationally renowned composer and environmentalist

9:10 pm    Fireside Chat: Leading as a Lighthouse, and A Fossil Free Future for India

      • Sumant Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director, ReNew Power
      • Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

9:25 pm    Closing Keynote: An agenda for ambitious climate action and US-India collaboration

in this critical decade

        Varun Sivaram, Senior Adviser to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Secretary John Kerry

9:35 pm   Q&A with Varun Sivaram and Sumant Sinha

9:40 pm   Breakout discussions

Contribute to one of these discussions.

Climate change and the impact on agriculture.

While climate change has created a need for increased agricultural productivity, climate change has also driven significant change in technology, agricultural practices, and within the social context of farming. As one of the only industries where up to 100% of the outcomes depend on external, environmental factors, this session will explore how climate change has impacted agriculture beyond the field in India and globally. Shefali Mehta, Founder and Principal, Open Rivers Consulting (Chair)

Microactivism: The combined power of small intentional actions to make a big impact.

 The climate crisis sometimes feels so huge and overwhelming that most of us may feel small and helpless. We will talk about how each of us have the power to make a difference, with mindful, intentional actions: microactivism at the individual, local and community levels that when combined can have a huge impact. Gopal Patel, Director, Bhumi Global (Chair)

Shaping a Net-Zero World: Role of Customers & Citizens at the Intersection of Free Markets & Free Societies

You may be surprised at how much power we have as individuals to shape outcomes. Whether it is subscribing to green power with our electric utilities, electrifying our homes and personal transport, or decarbonizing our out-of-town travels, join to learn and discuss just how affordable and accessible it can be from someone who has done it for years! Raj V. Rajan, Vice President of Project Development at Direct Connect Development Company and Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota (Chair)

10 pm       Summary of Breakout Discussions and Concluding Remarks

Check out our YouTube playlist with videos from the Indiaspora Climate Summit here.

 

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