A Step Towards a Sustainable Future: Collaborating to Address Climate Challenges in Urban Centers
Bengaluru – In an initiative to spur discussions on climate action strategies, Biocon Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the Biocon Group, recently collaborated with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti) to host a workshop at the Biocon Campus. The event emphasized the importance of partnerships among NGOs, corporates, and philanthropies to tackle climate change challenges confronting the nation’s urban centres, which are integral to its economic trajectory.
Diverse Participation for a Common Cause
Notable organizations such as Rainmatter Foundation, CSTEP, Wipro, HSBC, BIAL, WRI India, Janaagraha, LTI Mindtree, and several others marked their presence. Their collective brainstorming stressed on:
- Role of Corporates and Philanthropies: A significant theme revolved around how these entities could propel cities to design a definitive climate action roadmap.
- Establishing Collaborative Frameworks: The workshop explored creating frameworks for philanthropies to synchronize actions with stakeholders across city, state, and national spectrums. The focus was on building leadership, devising sector-specific climate strategies, and executing them.
Dr. Anupama Narayan Shetty, Mission Director of Biocon Foundation, articulated the workshop’s aspirations, emphasizing the crucial position cities hold in both environmental concerns and potential transformative actions. She underscored the dedication of Biocon Foundation in ensuring urban areas are more environmentally sustainable and resilient.
Furthermore, key takeaways from the workshop were the unanimous recognition by philanthropic leaders and urban experts of the necessity to unite in aiding cities draft their climate action plans. A subsequent session is scheduled in September 2023 to further solidify the discussed collaboration framework.
Industry Insights on the Workshop’s Relevance
Ms. Maninder Kapoor Puri of Biocon Limited highlighted the importance of addressing urban challenges in the backdrop of escalating urbanization. She stressed the need to maintain ecological equilibrium amidst this growth.
Similarly, Mr. Manu Maudgal of Shakti delved into the role cities play in India’s economy and the possibilities of nurturing them along low-carbon growth trajectories.
Shubhashis Dey from Shakti brought to the fore the urgency of recognizing and integrating climate risks into urban planning.
A Glimpse into the Broader Picture
Indian cities are increasingly grappling with poor air quality and climate change-induced extreme weather events. Projections indicate the urban populace might surge by 40% by 2030. With cities poised for rapid expansion, seizing the fleeting opportunity to adopt low-carbon, resilient development pathways becomes imperative.
Biocon Foundation: A Beacon of Social Change
Since its inception in 2005, Biocon Foundation has been tirelessly working to uplift marginalized communities. Their holistic approach spans healthcare, education, civic infrastructure, and environmental sustainability. Over time, the Foundation has emerged as a prominent player, consistently partnering with governmental agencies and organizations to drive meaningful change. Apart from addressing primary challenges in healthcare and education, their environmental endeavors, like the lake revival mission in Bengaluru, have furthered their commitment to a sustainable future.
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