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Praachi Kumar

Consultant in Maastricht

Politics, Policy and Pollution Masks: Anecdotes from the Streets of New Delhi

PRESENTED ON APR 19, 2017
IN MAASTRICHT @ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES

In the winter of 2015, the condition of air pollution in Delhi was described as ‘severe’. PM 2.5 was 16 times the safe limit. The smog taking over the most polluted city in the world was hazardous to human health. The state and central governments, with contrasting policy narratives and intentions, were able to effectively engage its citizens to help mitigate the problem.  

So Praachi Kumar asks: How can policy nudge non-state actors to become mutually accountable for transformative change?

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Zahra Ebrahim wants urban dwellers to be more active in policy decisions that affect their city, and so she proposes to make that happen by targetting a limited number of areas in a city -- in her example, 20 houses selected in 20 wards of Toronto -- and getting them involved in not only talking about issues, but also sharing feedback. The idea is that by starting modestly, this outreach can eventually grow to include even more participants, and therefore progressively raise engagement throughout the city.

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BY AMEERA ALHARANKI
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Make a commitment for an environmental change and the leadership and sustainability program 2041 International Antarctic Expedition are the topics of Ameera AlHaranki's talk. The 10 days boat journey from Argentina to Antarctica included lectures, research of marine pollution and beaches contamination, a lot of hiking, journal writing, whales and penguins  watching, and adventurous  and breathtaking camping night.

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Shift, Shed & Shine…Being Balanced in Times of Change

BY SUSAN YOUNG
@ VOL 14 ON AUG 27, 2015

Change is more a part of our everyday reality than it ever was. With blink-of-an-eye communications, workplace pressures, and personal challenges  – we are running at breakneck speeds – too often, out of balance. Susan Young helps bring it all into focus with excerpts from her new book, Shift, Shed & Shine.

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From fear to infinity, the evolution of a new economics

BY CLIFF STEVENSON
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

Motivated by personal and professional experiences as an economist and artist, Cliff Stevenson proposes a new economic model - informed not by scarity and fear, but by infinity.

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Simple as ABC, Art for Behavioural Change!

BY SHYAMA RAMANI
@ VOL 31 ON SEP 07, 2016

“Somehow as we grow up, art disappears out of our lives. This is the story of how art reentered mine.”

In "Simple as ABC, Art for Behavioural Change!", from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 31, Prof. Shyama Ramani addressed the major problems of Indian villages - open defecation and littering of public spaces. Policy makers are helplessly wondering how to bring about behavioural change. Shyama proposed that communal art forms can be used as an instrument of behavioural change. How? Listen to this talk to find out.

Prof. Shyama Ramani of UNU-MERIT has been voted one of the #100 Women Achievers of India in the category of ‘Hygiene and Sanitation’.

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The Future of Flooding

BY SAMUEL BUDIN
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

Samuel Lang Budin is a social documentary photographer living in Brooklyn and working primarily in the depressive realist mode. He makes 35mm and medium format slide shows about climate change anxiety, aging and death, naked people in their own homes, the personal discomforts of travel, and the encroaching sea. Just you wait!

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Let's Build a City

BY VIRGIL IERUBINO
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 13, 2016

Virgil Ierubino asks if you could build a city from the ground up, how would you do it? I don't just mean the buildings. By 'city' I mean the collection of humans and facilities and services and systems that collectively form a functioning society. Would you make different decisions than those which are made for us, all around us, every day? Or, realising that this question assumes you are in a position of considerable power, maybe you'd just go nuts?

 

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From Yoga to Becoming a Yogi, A Transformative Journey

BY CHARISSE WILLIAMS
@ VOL 30 ON AUG 21, 2016

Charisse Williams found her life changing in rapid and unexpected ways. The path she thought she was traveling suddenly changed and instead of fighting that change she found a new way, and she took it. Listen to Charisse tell her tale of the path to becoming a yogi. 

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Innovative Conservation Policies: Lessons from the Sacred Groves in India

BY NRUPAJA BHIDE
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

Sacred groves are an ancient tradition in India in which a part of the forest is offered to the local deities and protected from all human intervention. This kind of social fencing has been successful in conserving innumerable forest patches in India in pristine condition. In this presentation, Nrupaja Bhide highlights the role of local communities in conservation and the influence that informal institutions have in policy making. 

The topic is about sacred groves in India,about how these community-protected forests have thrived for so many years and how such conservation measures can be imitated in other places. 

Nrupaja chose this topic because she has been visiting a sacred grove near her city since childhood and have seen the toll that fading religious beliefs and the increasing pressure of development have taken on this beautiful forest. It is imperative that more and more people understand the important role that culture plays in determining how sustainable a community is, and to protect such practices in this fast changing world. 

She would like to showcase these rare treasures that can be found in India but also highlight the importance of individual and community level action, especially for conservation, and also to help us tackle other issues related to climate change.