Hyderabad: On the occasion of World Environment Day, ISB and British Deputy High Commission, Chandigarh jointly organised a Business and Policy Dialogue on ‘Climate Change and Glaciers’, where Ms Caroline Rowett, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh gave the opening remarks and the panelists were:
- Shri Kunal Satyarthi, IFS, Principal, Central Academy for State Forest Service (CASFOS), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
- Dr. Miriam Jackson, Programme Co-ordinator, Cryosphere Initiative, River Basins and Cryosphere, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
- Ms. Ulka Kelkar, Director, Climate program, World Resources Institute India
- Dr David M. Hannah, Professor of Hydrology and UNESCO Chair in Water Science, University of Birmingham, UK
- Dr. Anjal Prakash, Research Director and Adjunct Associate Professor, Bharti Institute of Public Policy at Indian School of Business (Moderator).
Climate Change is a defining issue of our time that is impacting all sectors and geographies. In the post-Paris agreement era, accelerating climate action is the biggest hope. This discussion was in the run up to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in UK late this year in November. The key areas of discussion were understanding the level of decline in Himalayan glaciers and its impact downstream, International collaboration- an imperative for dealing with Climate Change and the Role of states and civil society in tackling the issue of climate change.