In a bid to address the pressing issue of climate change and expedite efforts to achieve a Net Zero Scenario, the School of Policy and Governance (SPG) has launched its prestigious Net Zero Fellowship programme.
This specially designed initiative aims to enhance knowledge and awareness among emerging political and public leaders in India, fostering better climate action solutions.
The Northeast region cohort programme will be organized in Guwahati, on May 26 and will conclude on May 28. The fellowship participants will engage in interactive workshops, exchange ideas, and develop strategies to mitigate climate disasters effectively.
India, the world’s third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has committed to achieving a Net Zero Scenario by 2070, aligning with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). With diplomatic pressure intensifying, the Indian government is now focusing on developing a roadmap to fulfil this commitment and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Recognizing the urgent need for an in-depth understanding of climate change among policymakers and implementers, the Net Zero Fellowship equips participants with the necessary expertise to tackle this global challenge effectively. The media also plays a vital role in spreading awareness and scrutinizing government and corporate policies related to climate change and its implementation.
Ruchir Punjabi, the chairperson of the School of Policy and Governance, emphasized the significance of India’s transition towards a Net Zero economy, stating, “India is trying hard to achieve the targets, but we need to acknowledge that our country directly jumped from a state of inaction to finding pathways to reach Net Zero. The transition was not gradual, and India skipped the discussion on climate change and its manifestation, which was a learning experience for most Western countries.”
Through the Net Zero Fellowship, participants gain valuable insights into low-carbon pathways and the nuances of a Net Zero Economy. The programme focuses on key issues affecting the political landscape and equips leaders to engage with different aspects of the Net Zero transition. This includes understanding climate justice, which recognizes the ethical and societal dimensions of climate change in addition to the physical and environmental concerns. The programme also explores potential opportunities for career growth and their implications for India as a whole.
In 2022, approximately 80 fellows from across India participated in the Net Zero fellowship programme, paving the way for informed and proactive climate action. Building on the success of the previous year, this year’s fellowship programme spans four regions, with 30 fellows in each cohort. Participants include politicians, government officials, and media professionals who possess the potential to drive change and inspire others to join the cause.