In the tenth event in the Clearing the Air? Seminar Series, we turn to civil society’s engagement with the issue of air pollution. The last few years have witnessed a growing interest and involvement of various sections of civil society – NGOs, resident welfare associations, media, academic and research institutions, etc. – in raising awareness about the causes and impacts of air pollution, and demanding action and policy change. The panel will analyse whether, and how, civil society has been able to constructively contribute to the public discourse on air pollution. It will also explore ways in which it has been able to, or can potentially in future, influence policy change and ensure effective and sustained action.
The full discussion will be streamed through Facebook live on CPR's Facebook page.
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About the Speakers
Dr Rohit Negi is an associate professor of urban studies at Ambedkar University, New Delhi. Trained as an urban planner and geographer, Negi has been a collaborator on The Asthma Files project since 2016, which brings together scholars and practitioners to advance understanding and efforts to address environmental public health challenges.
Ashutosh Dikshit is the CEO of United Residents Joint Action (URJA), the Apex body of Resident Welfare Associations of Delhi. URJA, established in 2005, represents a collective strength of almost 2500 RWAs that look after the interests of almost 5 million residents. Both as the head of URJA and as a concerned and proactive citizen of Delhi, Ashutosh has been involved in a range of actions aimed at improving the lives of common citizens. In 2013, he founded the Citizens' Alliance, along with economists, architects, researchers, lawyers and professionals. Both URJA and Citizens' Alliance have carried out peaceful public agitations by rallying RWAs and the common citizens of Delhi.
Chetan Bhattacharji is Managing Editor, NDTV. As a journalist with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast news, Chetan has led multiple teams on content development, analytics, and operations.
The event will be moderated by Navroz K Dubash, Professor, Centre for Policy Research (CPR).
About the Series
Clearing the Air? - the CPR Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment’s seminar series on air pollution - is aimed at promoting a sustained and informed public dialogue around the data, impacts, and policy challenges involved in improving air quality. Each seminar in the series features a range of scientific and public policy experts, and engages them in a lively discussion on what changes are needed, what is possible, and how to get them done. You can find videos and other information of our previous events on our project page.
CPR's ICEE produces research, informs public opinion and generates debate on climate, energy and environment policy at international, national and sub-national levels. Our goal is to enhance policy outcomes through informed research and policy dialogue within India and internationally.