India has been on the brink of adverse impacts of climate change given its huge population, inequality and poverty. As the country is growing, massive energy intensive infrastructure is being put in place and will continue to be put up in the coming future. With the unabated growth and spiraling emissions, the country is at a precarious position to be one of the largest polluters in the world. While, India is developing a strategy for low carbon growth with its ambitious renewable energy targets, a lot remains to be done.
The India Office of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung supports the expansion of renewable energies, by showcasing policy options and experiences from the “energy transition” in Germany. We aim at a sustainable production and use of natural resources, working towards realizing improved resource governance, especially in the area of water resources. We also contribute to the discussion about “development” in India – what it is, and what it could (or should) be all about – and promote debate and knowledge generation towards new and alternative forms of production and consumption, in India and worldwide.
Vikalp Sangam core group statement on the need for creative, long-term alternatives in view of COVID-19
As India and the world face a completely unprecedented crisis due to the spread of COVID-19 virus, the first and immediate response must be health and treatment facilities, physical distancing, relief and basic needs packages to workers, basic need services, and other such measures that both reduce the risk of spread as also provide economic and survival security to those worst affected not only by infection but by the shutdown of ordinary life.