In this age of extreme weather events and crippling water shortages it is time for the birth of a new environmentalism. Climate change is making the world populations, particularly the poor, more vulnerable. Globally, we are failing to reduce emissions at the scale and pace needed. Countries like India are failing to deal with the challenges of pollution and environmental degradation. It is now time to learn from the environmentalism of the poor how to reinvent growth that is affordable, sustainable, and inclusive.
Sunita Narain is a writer and environmentalist who was named one of the world's 100 Public Intellectuals three times by the U.S. journal, Foreign Policy. She received the World Water Prize for her work on rainwater harvesting and policy influence for community-based water management.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Research and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.