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Week 9 & Final Session: Consolidating visions for Bengaluru’s Climate Action Plan

Date: 28 June 2021, Monday, 6:00 PM India on Zoom

Pls note: Registration is not required if you have already enrolled for the webinar series


In the 8 sessions of this webinar series so far, we have interrogated and explored viable solutions to build Bengaluru’s climate action plan in a participatory manner, while also furthering key objectives to promote holistic well-being for all residents of Bengaluru. These imaginaries and solutions will be revisited in the final session, where we summarise and explore the interconnections between visions for climate action in the city that can also contribute to protecting our commons, building universal food and water security, safeguarding public health, managing waste in an effective and just way, building climate-resilient and socially just infrastructure, providing safe housing for all, promoting inclusive and climate-friendly mobility, and ensuring that energy use is increasingly non-extractive and not based on fossil fuels.

ESG has prepared a draft climate action plan based on the webinar discussions and invites your comments on it by writing back to us at [email protected]. The hope is to include voices from all sectors and sections of the city that will assist the city in developing its Climate Action Plan to benefit present and future generations, in an intergenerational perspective, and inspired by Vasudaiva Kutumbakam. After laying the plan for discussion in the last session, it will be finalised and presented to leading representatives of the city and state governments.

Tweet for ‘Namma Ooru’

In order to make this process of formulating Bangalore’s Climate Action Plan participatory, ESG is organizing a ‘Tweetathon’ on Saturday, 26th June between 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. We welcome you to take part in this exercise and give us your feedback on the draft climate action proposals. Suggestions will be discussed in the webinar before preparing the final version of the proposal document that will be presented to the civic authorities of the city.

Do not forget to use the hashtag #climatefriendlybengaluru and tag @esgindia1 while tweeting!

Your participation and suggestions matter to imagine a people-friendly and climate-friendly Bengaluru.

In case you’re unable to join in the Tweetathon, please write to us at [email protected] with your feedback.



Ms. Vandita Sharma, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary cum Development Commissioner, Government of Karnataka

Smt. Vandita Sharma is a 1986 cadre IAS officer. She did her M.A. in English Literature at Punjab University, Chandigarh and Masters in Development Management in Development Administration at the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. She is currently the Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Development Commissioner, Govt. of Karnataka. Some of her previously held positions include Chief Executive Officer, Mandya, Deputy Commissioner, Hassan; Additional Chief Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department, Govt. of Karnataka; Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Forest, Ecology & Environment, Govt. of Karnataka; and Director, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. She has led schemes like Sarva Sikshana Abhiyana as a Project Director and has been the Mission Director of the National Rural Health Mission. 

Mr. Prem Chandavarkar, Managing Partner, CnT Architects, Bengaluru

Prem Chandavarkar is the managing partner of CnT Architects: an award-winning and widely published architectural practice based in Bangalore, India. He received his training at School of Planning and Architecture Delhi (B.Arch, 1978) and University of Oregon USA (M.Arch, 1982). He is a former Executive Director of Srishti Institute of Art Design & Technology in Bangalore and is an academic advisor and guest faculty at Indian and international colleges of architecture.  In 2016, he was the Walton Critic at Catholic University of America in Washington DC. In the same year, he was appointed as a member of the board of The Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, USA. Besides his design practice at CnT, he writes, lectures and blogs on architecture, urbanism, environment, art, cultural studies, philosophy, politics and education.

Dr. Janaki Nair, Historian and Author

Dr. Nair is a historian and author. She was formerly a professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU, and had earlier been a fellow and visiting fellow at the Madras Institute of Development Studies and Institute for Social and Economic Change besides others. Her interests lie in understanding the social, political, cultural, legal and urban history of modern India, on which she has written extensively. Some of her remarkable work include books like The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century, Mysore Modern: Reconceptualising the Region under Princely Rule, Women and the Law in Colonial India, and Miners and Millhands: Work, Culture, and Politics in Princely Mysore. She has been the recipient of numerous honours and awards like the John Saville Award for producing and directing ‘After the Gold’, a documentary film of the Kolar gold fields in 1997.  

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