Recently on this website we focussed on networkers working with and for the younger generation. We now turn to some members of the GenerationNext.
Shaun Chamberlin, in addition to other initiatives, is carrying forward the work of The Fleming Policy Centre, an independent research centre founded by the late Dr. David Fleming in 1994, best known as the originator (in 1996) of the TEQs system. The Centre aims to design and develop strategies in the context of the environmental problems that are now facing society – especially climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels.
The latest news: a joint seminar on TEQs was held in July by the All Party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) and the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) at the House of Commons (Committee Room 17).
Shaun would appreciate the words of Rashneh Pardiwala from Mumbai, who was invited to give a presentation at the Edinburgh India Institute Inaugural Conference (15-16May):
(E)mbedded in (India’s) memory is a culture of frugality and a survival instinct rooted in ‘jugaad’ or the creative use of meagre resources. These have been a part of the Indian psyche long before Global Warming and Climate Change made ‘sustainability’ a buzz word and an essential practice.
However, unfortunately, in the last two decades, in a quest to achieve rapid economic development, India veered off the path of ‘sustainability’ with grave consequences. But now with the pressures of over-population leading to resource depletion and rising inflation combined with climatic changes, the country has once again been forced to revisit its ancient wisdom of ‘resource consciousness’. Read more here.
Rashneh was asked to accompany and assist Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, in an unscripted session where he answered students’ questions.
She and her colleague Kitayun Rustom, with CERE’s increasing staff, are now established in their new office, after completely renovating it.
The Bombay Municipal Corporation had refused to renew the lease of their first premises and they were forced to take a large bank loan. Lack of space had prevented them from employing more researchers and restricted their daily working hours; in addition they were not allowed entry on ‘each and every national, state and optional holiday’ when the school building was shut down.
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