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Delhi youth warm up to climate change challenge

At 18 years of age, Saurabh Dewan religiously calculates his carbon footprint on an everyday basis. This biotechnology student doesn’t know what career he will choose, but is certain his choice will be influenced by how much carbon-dioxide emission he will help prevent in his lifetime, reports HT Correspondent.

delhi Updated: Oct 24, 2009 23:31 IST
HT Correspondent

At 18 years of age, Saurabh Dewan religiously calculates his carbon footprint on an everyday basis. This biotechnology student doesn’t know what career he will choose, but is certain his choice will be influenced by how much carbon-dioxide emission he will help prevent in his lifetime.

“Our generation does not have the luxury of pretending that climate change is a thing of the future,” he says.

“It is here, and we have to fight it through the choices we make in everyday lives.”

As part of International Day of Climate Action on Saturday, a motley group of 15 students and young professionals — all in their late teens and early twenties — met in Jasola, a south Delhi neighbourhood, to exchange notes and ideas on global warming.

Some wanted to know about micro-financing projects to take “green-tech” to villages, others discussed how facilitating carbon trading could be a profitable career, while some others debated if a full-time career in “activism” was the only way to chip in.

“I will be a journalist, aiding the awareness on climate change,” said Avantika Shrivastava, a student of postgraduate diploma in mass communication. “In this fight, the right information prompts right action.”

Ishani Chattopadhyay, director of Arctic Holdings, a global carbon management company that organised the event, said, “This was the beginning of a regular interaction between young thinkers and doers who want to lend their talents to the fight against Global warming.”

This was part of the International Day of Climate Action across Delhi organised by 350, an environmental pressure-group working to reduce carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere.

Volunteers formed a giant human formation of the numeral ‘5’ at Red Fort, while the ‘3’ was made in Sydney and the ‘0’ in Copenhagen, where international Climate negotiations will happen in December.

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At 18 years of age, Saurabh Dewan religiously calculates his carbon footprint on an everyday basis. This biotechnology student doesn’t know what career he will choose, but is certain his choice will be influenced by how much carbon-dioxide emission he will help prevent in his lifetime.

“Our generation does not have the luxury of pretending that climate change is a thing of the future,” he says.

“It is here, and we have to fight it through the choices we make in everyday lives.”

As part of International Day of Climate Action on Saturday, a motley group of 15 students and young professionals — all in their late teens and early twenties — met in Jasola, a south Delhi neighbourhood, to exchange notes and ideas on global warming.

Some wanted to know about micro-financing projects to take “green-tech” to villages, others discussed how facilitating carbon trading could be a profitable career, while some others debated if a full-time career in “activism” was the only way to chip in.

“I will be a journalist, aiding the awareness on climate change,” said Avantika Shrivastava, a student of postgraduate diploma in mass communication. “In this fight, the right information prompts right action.”

Ishani Chattopadhyay, director of Arctic Holdings, a global carbon management company that organised the event, said, “This was the beginning of a regular interaction between young thinkers and doers who want to lend their talents to the fight against Global warming.”

This was part of the International Day of Climate Action across Delhi organised by 350, an environmental pressure-group working to reduce carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere.

Volunteers formed a giant human formation of the numeral ‘5’ at Red Fort, while the ‘3’ was made in Sydney and the ‘0’ in Copenhagen, where international Climate negotiations will happen in December.