In a world grappling with the pressing challenges of climate change, three visionary authors, Anand Pendharkar, Rahul Palekar, and Amruta Padgaonkar, have launched an action-oriented book, the 'Climate Actioneers' Primer: A Beginner's Toolkit.' The book, supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, India office, and published by StoryMirror, is a comprehensive guide that empowers individuals and communities to take meaningful action against climate change.
The book launch, hosted at and by Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Botanical Udyan and Zoo, was accompanied by a thought-provoking exhibition, 'Wake up – Climate Change’s Here!'. A distinguished panel of experts discussed the most pressing issues of our time.
The 'Climate Actioneers' Primer' is a testament to the deep commitment to addressing climate change by authors and publishers. It provides an accessible entry point for anyone looking to understand the challenges we face and offers practical solutions that can be implemented at the individual, community, and global levels.
Amruta Padgaonkar, one of the co-authors, states, "Climate change is a crisis that affects us all. Our book is designed to empower everyone with the knowledge and tools to make a difference. We believe that collective action starts with individual understanding."
The 'Wake up – Climate Change’s Here!' exhibition aimed to create awareness about the immediate need for climate action. The immersive experience took visitors on a visual journey through the impacts of climate change faced by different communities, geographies, and the natural world.
Chief Guest for the event was Dr. G G Parikh, Founder of the Yusuf Meherally Centre, a 100-year-old Freedom Fighter, and a Social Reformist. He stressed on the need for changing individual habits and consuming responsibly to address the climate crisis.
Hon'ble Adv. Vandana Chavan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and a Climate Reality Leader, delivered the Keynote Address, shedding light on the intersection of policy, climate action, and community involvement. She called on the audience to make commitments at individual and community level, which can translate into a people-driven change.
The event also featured an enlightening discussion among esteemed experts in the field, including Hon'ble Adv. Vandana Chavan, Hon'ble Rajeev Gowda, Hon’ble Amit Sihag, Tikender Singh Panwar, Dr. Vaijayanta Anand, and Amruta Padgaonkar. This diverse panel shared their perspectives on aspects of inclusive governance for building climate resilience.
The conversation was expertly moderated by Sachin Kalbag, a seasoned journalist and environmental advocate.
The launch of the 'Climate Actioneers' Primer' and the 'Wake up – Climate Change’s Here!' exhibition are timely and significant steps in the fight against climate change. These initiatives empower individuals and communities with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration to take meaningful action.
”An action a day, keeps climate change away”!!