Monday, 7 March 2022

Empowered Women the Heart of Sustainable Development: IWD2022

The theme for 2022 International Women’s Day, observed globally on March 8, is spot on: 

“Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”

As I was pondering over this post yesterday before I learnt about the theme, I thought up the title. Empowered women are the heart and at the heart of Sustainable Development and Gender Equality, SDG 5 is vital if the Global Goals are to be respectably reached by 2030.

Every sustainable development goal (SDG) becomes effective if it is gender just. It’s a theme I regularly harp on – educated girls and empowered women are the building blocks of a sustainable community. The crucial steps needed to offset the patriarchy which is the main stumbling block to sustainable development.



Even as I sat down to write this post, I received a mail from Black by ClearTax, the platform I use to file my IT returns, citing their data analysis of investment pattern which shows that against stereotype, women are investing 12.7% more than men on average. This statistic resonates with social media trends that’s replete with examples of posts, reels, short videos and viral content of women advising women on finance and investment putting financial security at the heart of women’s empowerment.


From women-majority Self Help Groups, women-led and women-majority panchayat institutions to women’s financial services such as Mahila Bank (e.g., Chetna Gala Sinha, who established the women's rural banking institutions, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank) to women entrepreneurs–focused online platforms such as SHEROES, for women-by women angel investing, and initiatives such as Feminist Approach to Technology, feminist city planning and Feminist Foreign Policy being adopted by some nations can jumpstart gender equality in the micro and macro levels as well as locally and globally.


One of the low hanging fruits of international aid is packages for training and funding women entrepreneurs. It is as popular as educating girl children as a strategy for poverty alleviation and social upliftment through women’s empowerment. Yet access to funding and support to women-led initiatives is still unequal. Networks of women within institutions and MNCs, locally, nationally and internationally are helping close this gap, e.g., Sakhi (Accenture India), Wsquare, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO, UK), Vital Voices, SHE Changes Climate, Lean In, Shevolve, etc. Crowdsourced maps and resources such as that of the Red Dot Foundation and the Red Elephant Foundation (the GBV Help map and the Saahas app) are equally vital is ensuring security and empowering women.


As mainstream media frenziedly covers the war in Ukraine ignoring and downgrading other vital issues, observances such as International Women’s Day, World Wildlife Day (March 3rd), World Water Day (March 22nd) will shift the narrative at least temporarily. The events of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW22) scheduled from March 14 to March 25, 2022, will also help keep the focus on gender mainstreaming and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

 From poverty alleviation to tackling climate change and building the economy and strong institutions and international partnerships for progress all require a gender just and feminist approach.  

The 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action along with Gender Just Sustainable Development are the perfect guideposts and milestones to aim for in the path to empowering women and achieving Gender Equality. They are as follows: 

  • Women and the environment
  • Women in power and decision making
  • The Girl Child
  • Women and the economy
  • Human rights of women
  • Education and training of women
  • Violence against women
  • Women and poverty
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
  • Women and health
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and the media.

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Takeaways from the ADB Healthy Oceans Forum: Innovations for WWD, Coastal & Ocean Resilience

 While participating online at the First Asian Development Bank (ADB) Healthy Oceans Tech & Finance Forum: Innovations Solutions for Asia and the Pacific I gained insights on many on paths to Coastal & Ocean Resilience, especially in Asia-Pacific. With Wetlands being a key ecosystem covered and with World Wetlands Day (WWD) being observed on February 2, 2022 with the theme 'Wetlands Action for People and Nature' it makes sense to highlight takeaways from the ADB Healthy Oceans Forum that focus on Wetlands and building coastal resilience. 

Now, ADB has committed to raise funds to restore wetlands in the Asia-Pacific. In India, Maharashtra's wetlands as well as rural connectivity is being funded by ADB projects in collaboration with the state government. Previously ADB has helped bring back beaches, restore shorelines and revitalize the coastal zone in Ullal, Karnataka, through sustainable costal protection and management. 

This project in itself and efforts to restore wetlands are big wins for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also by building in Gender Equality into the framework of the ADB Blue Loans and Blue Bonds funded Blue Future, more women entrepreneurs and women-led initiatives are being offered funding for projects to improve ocean and coastal resilience and mainstream Blue Foods and sustainable aquaculture to boost the economy and ecology.

Wetlands include marsh, swamp and mire (bog and fen). A mangrove is a tide-influenced wetland complex and are bio-diverse carbon-fixing ecosystems at the borders of land and oceans. Thus restoring wetlands and building up coastal resilience by funding and empowering farmers, SMEs and the government can ensure climate action as well as all the other Global Goals. While forests are referred to as the lungs of the planet, wetlands are called the kidneys of planet. But both are vital organs essential for the health of the planets and its inhabitants.

I covered the Plastics-Free Oceans spotlight of the ADB Healthy Oceans in the January 2022 RE-plastic blog post. I have also covered the importance of Wetlands and WWD before (2021 & February 2020) in posts blogs. Revitalizing and restoring wetlands, which are being drained and destroyed faster than forests enables sequestering lots more carbon dioxide than just in forests (SDG13). If forests are slashed for farmland, wetlands are "reclaimed" to expand cities and enable the urban sprawl. Most of the world's capitals, metros and megacities are built on wetlands. Examples span from Washington, DC to Venice to Mumbai and Chennai. Be it South America's Pantanal or South Asia's Sunderbans as well as the mangroves and wetlands along major rivers or the confluence of rivers and great urban centres, these biodiverse wetlands that are our main defense from climate catastrophes are most at risk. They are being destroyed much faster than forests. At the threshold of life on land (SDG15) and life below water (SDG14), their revitalization can revitalize the economy and empower the marginalized faster than most other efforts. The Coastal Resilience, Blue Foods and Ocean Finance streams of the ADB forum showcased many such restoration examples and experts. ADB's 5 billion dollar Healthy Oceans Action Plan launched in May 2019 is a great beginning.

The Regenerative Blue Economy model powered by renewable energy (SDG 7) for Just Transition is a great path to sustainable development and climate resilience. Women-led mangrove re-planting and lake and flood-plains reclamation have had more community participation than purely government or corporate restoration projects. For People and Planet we need action for wetlands. And the designation of many wetland as Ramsar sites is a great step forward.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy: Hopes for 2022

 It's a new year, and as Lord Alfred Tennyson put it "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier'." Even as the Omicron variant of the pandemic that has plagued us from the beginning of this decade brings the world to its knees, hope persists that this year will be better for people and the planet and equally importantly for the planet's flora and fauna (biodiversity). Sustainable development and a circular economy approach is vital to revive the global economy battered by Covid and the Climate Crises in a sustainable manner. 

The path to sustainable development is through adopting the circular economy model and closing the wasteful Take-Make-Waste production model. In a Circular Economy, systems are regenerative and integrative. The waste of one product becomes the raw material for another to close the loop. To adopt it and make the current requires systems thinking change as well as a change the operating system of the global economy and make it less wasteful.

To allow climate action and if we are to achieve the net-zero ambitions anytime, let alone by 2050, SDG12 - responsible production and consumption - must be top priority. This allows for processes to cut their carbon emission and reduce the ecological footprint of products and industries to avoid Earth Overshoot and keep within the planetary boundaries.

You can get a fuller explanation of Circular Economy from this Systems Innovation video: 

There is an urgent need to stay within planetary boundaries of resources to avoid extinction level events and biodiversity  loss. Beyond personal carbon footprint to community, industry, regional and national footprints as building blocks to keep within planetary boundaries. Already new estimates and studies indicate that we have already passed the safe limit for chemical pollution and plastics production, consumption and waste after single use are major culprits.

You can read the full Twitter thread on the planetary boundary for chemical pollution (and the plastic effect) here. Food waste co-existing with millions of hungry people is another symptom of our wasteful economic system and it has to be addressed urgently to end world hunger (SDG 2), food-related lifestyle diseases, and provide the necessary nutrition for good health and well-being (SDG 3). Ensuring SDG12 and circular economy in the agricultural-agribusiness-food sector also ensures that this major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation is put in check ensuring climate action now (SDG 13). The catchy and information filled Food Waste Song from Australian Tik-Toker and comedian Benny Davis shows the way.

There is wastefulness everywhere and the current system churns out emissions and pollution at every stage. Even as individuals and concerned consumers and citizens take action to reduce their personal carbon footprint, we hear of the sheer wastefulness from certain sectors and the super-rich and the powers-that-be. Take for example: Fast fashion trash is piling up in Chile's Atacama Desert where it is disposed and luxury brands are burning and shredding product rather then sell it cheap. They all continue to manufacture products unchecked but control supply and create artificial scarcity by wasteful methods to increase prices and the desire for the perceived "exclusive" products among their super-rich and wanna-be [rich] customers. Another example is news of airlines flying empty flights (ghost flights), emitting tons of emission without benefitting any traveler just to maintain their airport slots during the pandemic caused international flight bans. The sheer carelessness of the sector when the climate conscious are cutting down their use of flights (flygskam - flight shaming) and even giving up flying as a mode of travel. When you hear such news about ghost flights, world leaders and business leaders summit hopping in private jets, and billionaire space races, one feels flygskam aimed at the average citizen is a bit of a scam. 

This is the time of the year for the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, where the movers and shakers of the world rub shoulder and maintain the status quo by setting and shaping the world to suit their agenda. This year, for the second time consecutively because of the pandemic WEF is being held virtually thus cutting the event's carbon footprint. This crisp review of the book Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World also spreads the blame to the millions of consumers who fund the billionaire lifestyles. We are trapped and manipulated by convenience and brain-washing into choosing to make them richer exceeding our personal budgets and planetary boundaries for resources. 

Yet there is power is personal choice and collective action. Consumer and citizen power collective action all about personal choices can offset billionaire effect so act to reduce your personal carbon footprint and get others to do the same. Let us not allow what happens in Don't Look Up to become our permanent reality vis-à-vis the climate crisis. Give the Global Goals a chance to bolster the future outlook. Truly build back better. An opportunity to survive and thrive amid the existential pandemic threat. that is pressurizing us now. 

Tracking and cutting your personal carbon footprint and getting others to do it too and adopt a sustainable lifestyle can make a huge difference.

In this the second year of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) buffeted by COVID and Climate Catastrophe, there is an urgent need to Invest in our Planet. Perhaps it is apt that this [Invest in Our Planet] is the theme for Earth Day 2022 (April 22).  The need for an Earthshot (named after another world-changing project - the Apollo Moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot. They helped advance mankind's technological achievements and ... help improve life for everyone).

Sustainable habits, citizen action to make communities sustainable (SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities), grassroots approach to ensure sustainable development and circular economy is the path to climate action and economic recovery (SDG 8) in our current reality (COVID-19 + Climate Change).

Composting, homesteading, buying local and direct from farms and gardens, promoting regenerative systems and agriculture, choosing energy independence through renewable energy sources, rain water harvesting and grey-water recycling for water security at family, community and city levels, building community gardens and food forests, saving the soil and seeds thus building a community of active citizens who work to bring forth climate-friendly and eco-friendly policies and politicians is a great continuum for planet- and people-friendly change. Using personal consumer, citizen and community power to invest in the planet is my hope for 2022 and beyond. It is an expressway to the global goals and achievement of sustainable development through creation of circular economies. 



Saturday, 11 December 2021

South Asian Perspectives on Sustainable Mountain Tourism: International Mountain Day 2021

The hills are calling but when we answer the call sometimes we find the popular mountain tourist destinations full of trash and traffic. Invariably what's popular in these places are big-chain hotels, big-chain souvenir shops and super-markets. As a result a very small fraction of the tourist money trickles into the pocket of locals who bear the tax burden and inconvenience of living in a congested and trashed tourist mountain haven. Thus, in this gap between COVID waves as people flock to mountain escapes is an apt time for the theme of International Mountain Day 2021 to be Sustainable Mountain Tourism.

 So what is Sustainable Tourism?

Sustainable tourism is defined by the UN Environment Program and UN World Tourism Organization as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.” 

So how is this operationalized: Stay in local homestays and non-chain locals-owned hotels, buy souvenirs and local produce from the locals and commit to be a responsible visitor. See more on eco-tourism in this article by Ramala.

When we ensure sustainable tourism in the hills, hill stations and mountain-top tourist paradises, we ensure that leave behind only footprints and pleasant memories with their mountain hosts. This ensures that tourism there achieves a range of sustainable development goals (SDGs): 

SDG8 - Sustainable livelihoods enshrined in the  principles of sustainable tourism ensures Decent Work and Economic Growth in the mountain destination. 

SDG11 - the organization of a Sustainable Community supported by sustainable livelihoods generated by responsibly used tourist money.  

SDG12 - Responsible Consumption and Production of resources in the hill-top tourist draw. 

SDG13 & SDG 15 - Through Sustainable Mountain Tourism which puts protecting the tourist spot's environment and making a conscious effort to reduce the ecological and carbon footprint of the presence of tourists there even as the tourist money flows into local pockets and institutions that sustainably develop, protect and restore the sensitive mountain ecosystem achieves both Climate Action and champions Life on Land.


Former mountaineer, Ms. Tshering Uden Bhutia is a community leader from West Sikkim. She works with the community organization Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) to promote eco-tourism in Sikkim, particularly in the trails leading up to Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world and sacred to the both countries it straddles (Nepal and Sikkim in India). Uden and KCC have promoted Sustainable Mountain Tourism in Sikkim which has helped build resilience and create a sustainable community with sustainable livelihoods in the Himalayan state through a wide variety of activities. Uden has represented her state and organization in many fora but the APAN forum (5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 17 to 19, 2016) was her first international venture.  She part of the panel in the parallel session “Enhancing Gender Responsive Adaptive Capacity in Communities” on the last day of APAN 2016.

  The social entrepreneur from Yuksam in West Sikkim, Uden has been involved with sustainable livelihood projects and waste management for over twenty years and her efforts are embody the core principles of Sustainable Mountain Tourism, the theme for International Mountain Day 2021 (December 11) . Her love of the mountains translated into community leadership. She hails from the Himalayan state of Sikkim, in a district at the base of the sacred and majestic Kanchenjunga. And leads the Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) which “comprises of community representatives, community based organization and other key stakeholders highly committed toward nature conservation.”

In her childhood Uden’s family tearoom served varieties of dishes using Maggi 2-Minute Noodles. And over her lifetime she witnessed the noodle wrappers take over her home. While climbing the peaks as well the debris consisted of food wrappers. Instant noodles and other instant foods cooked with just hot water are a great convenience for mountaineers and for people cooking in the open.  It is used everywhere and is the fast food of choice as it is both easy to carry and easy to cook. Yet the plastic wrappers leaves a non-biodegradable wake behind tourists, trekkers, and mountaineers for only a fraction committed to “leaving behind only footprints.”

Since 1997, as a personal contribution to reducing waste she decided to avoid Maggi products and the like.  She made her own instant noodles and carried it in reusable containers that she brought back, without littering in her wake. She opted for fruits and nuts to processed foods and though it was hard and sometimes expensive – and literally extra baggage, she developed and fully committed to the pro-planet habit.  For as the KCC website puts it,

Conservation cannot happen with an empty stomach, hence KCC strongly believes in providing livelihood support to mountain people and facilitating them for alternative livelihood with minimum impact on nature and the rich culture, thus creating a win win situation among nature and its people.

KCC conserves natural and cultural resources through skill development programs, micro planning, awareness campaigns, monitoring of natural resources as well as by advocating for appropriate policy changes. Through KCC and other community level activities Uden now has more waste management, reducing, reusing and recycling programmes. The habit turned into a job creator and in turn she and other community leaders build pro-planet skills and capacities through training, exposure and other participatory means.


View of the snowy peaks including Kanchanjenga from the hill-station Darjeeling, West Bengal 2010 (My Mum's photography).  

Coming from a coastal tropical metropolis (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India) I travel to mountains to experience a different ecosystem to my usual urban, coastal and hot one with limited wildlife and biodiversity. I also heed the call of the mountains to experience the beauty of the night skies, the thrill of experiencing snow fall and finding a cozy rest stop in the cold clime and enjoy the famed hospitality of communities from hills and their unique and delicious cuisine. For this reason I prefer homestays, engaging local guides to take us to the tourist spots and the little-known pristine spots teeming with all things wild before shopping and eating in local markets and eateries for an authentic experience that also puts my money in the hands of the hill-station's residents.

These are Indian perspectives, I asked a few people in the hospitality and travel sectors in hill stations in other parts of South Asia and they came through with great insights:

View from the rooftop, Idyllic Vista (indeed!), Kandy, Sri Lanka

Devika Fernando, Author & Innkeeper along with her husband Thushara Fernando from Kandy, Sri Lanka had this to share: 

“Kandy is a city surrounded by hills and mountains. Naturally, that means some guests want to go on hikes. Our inn is situated high up in Hanthana so it's a good starting point. Sustainable tourism in the mountains is something that's close to our hearts. My husband and I always advise our guests not to leave any trace of themselves behind - that especially means no littering! Not taking anything from the ecosystem back with them is just as important. Nature should be observed, not disturbed. Staying on the hiking trails is advisable too, for the tourists' safety as much as for all the animals that call these misty mountains their home.”


View from the window, Gilgit-Baltistan

Syedda Ramla the mompreneur from Gilgit-Baltistan, quoted on her eco-tourism article before had this to share: 

"My name is Syedda Ramla and I own BetterBonds, an online shop for 'Himalayan Medixine' which is my modern take on traditional healing with plants, crystals and honey. I make gemstones jewelry and herbal tea and balms. We are at Hit us up!

 I migrated to Gilgit-Baltistan from the coastal Karachi in 2013. What pulled me was the quest to experience and observe an earthy, handmade life that was ecologically integrated. I was fascinated by handmade homes, a connection with cattle and produce, a high dependence on seasonality, and the opening of the Self to the elements. I admit, I also love the thrill of living on the edge; I love what it demands of our person and psyche. I passed some tests and failed others.

 For those who are on such 'soulular' quests, this region can provide one of the last few such remaining opportunities on our otherwise rapidly modernizing and gentrified Earth. But I warn you, this place, too, is changing and that is why we need more of those travelers who think in sustainable and earthy ways. That to me is the true potential of the place.

 Unfortunately, unlike the rest of Himalayan nations and regions, Pakistan is still not seeing this opportunity fully or comprehending the nuances of it. We still have a police state approach, we still give tourists the stink eye and ask: "Why are you here? Why are you traveling? Why aren't you back home with your Momma?" I have seen this too many times to be comfortable in pretending it is otherwise.

 On the other hand, Nepal and India for instance wholly grabbed the hippie movement, for instance, by the horns and steered it fairly usefully. As a result a whole counterculture was born, and tourists are attracted in hordes to those regions. We are still behind. There is favoritism for Whites. Our local tourists are neither informed nor regulated.

 I would wholly advocate a restricted tourism approach to protect ecology: Issue a number of passes per year, and make economy options available. Brief people well. Grab the moment and speak to them about environmental concerns, make it mandatory to run a drill on each bus' communication system, make it pleasing. Why not? This is entirely possible.

 Finally, folks, come here for Autumn and come well-prepared. The goldens, browns, reds, last greens on the trees are lovely. The angles of sunlight are ephemeral as seen in the above picture from my home a few days ago (December 2021)."

So remember, next time you heed the call of the mountains, tread lightly, ecologically speaking and travel responsibly and leave the paradise, if not better than you found it at least as wonderful as it was when you got there!

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

From COP15 to Climate Action Day to COP26: October Musings

 The big deal in October 2021 includes two environmental conference of parties (COP) separated by the first ever Earthshot Prize ceremony and the International Day of Climate Action. 

Between the two avenues for rhetoric the finalists and winners of Earthshot Prize with their innovative solutions for the problems that plague our planet offer hope in this the first year of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. They are icons to be celebrated o f the Day of Climate Action and beyond in order to bridge the climate rhetoric-climate reality divide.

The first COP to occur in October was the first part of the Biodiversity COP15 that took place online between October 11th and 15th, online among the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. With China as chair, this was a forerunner to the second-part of the COP15 - the in-person session scheduled to happen in Kunming between April 25th and May 8th 2022. With the Chinese premiere giving the Climate COP in Glasgow beginning on Halloween 2021 a miss, this Biodiversity COP15 was where China flexed its environmental muscle. With the 6th Mass Extinction and immeasurable and irreplaceable biodiversity loss being part of our reality, made worse by the nightmare of the climate crisis manifesting the world over with particularly devastating effects in the poorer, island, coastal and tropical parts of the world, the need to act to protect biodiversity and address climate change is existentially vital. Thus it makes sense that in between the two COPs on October 19th, the million-pound Earthshot Prize ceremony to honor the 5 climate heroes - Eco-Oscars as it were, was hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Alexandra Palace, in London. This competition for the Royal Foundation's five million-pound prizes was launched mid-pandemic in 2020 by Prince William to give Earth a shot in the arm and address five critical issues and the five winners addressed these innovatively and effectively 

(1) 'the restoration and protection of nature' - Costa Rica, (2) 'air cleanliness' - Takachar, India (3)  'ocean revival' - CoralVita - Bahamas, (4) 'waste-free living' - The Food[Waste] Hubs of the City of Milan, Italy & (5) 'climate action' - Hydrogen producing Enapter's AEM electrolyser (Thailand, Germany, Italy).

Key takeaways from the Online UN Biodiversity COP15 include world leaders acknowledging certain facts but not taking much action: 

(1) As Nature's Decline Threatens Humanity, We Must Work to Reverse Biodiversity Loss; (2) Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Understanding the Scope and Scale of the Biodiversity Crisis; (3) Kunming Declaration - a commitment to protect 30% of land and sea area by 2030 [30-30] (4) Gap between promises of biodiversity protection and any real or effective climate action (5) Need for Global Biodiversity Fund. The difficulty in actually achieving the much needed 30-30 protection in the face of so-called "economic realities" - the pandemic-fuelled global economic slowdown and resultant domino of energy crises and economic crisis that put environmental crises on the back burner even though it costs nations billions of dollars they can't afford. 

Case in point, according to a World Meteorological Organization report, the natural disasters in 2020 cost India $87 billion, i.e., 65 Lakh Crores.

As I predicted in my article for the Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) in September, not much can be expected from COP15 in the face of geopolitical and human security concerns. The main agenda of COP15 included positioning China as an environmental force to be reckoned with, showcase of Chinese success stories in biodiversity protection and its Red Line Plan as well as paving the way for a much-needed multi-billion dollar Global Biodiversity Fund even though it will take a long time for countries to make and honor these commitments. 

With these gaps in rhetoric and reality in mind, perhaps it becomes clear why the International Day for Climate Action 2021, October 24th, doesn't have the same prestige or reach of say Earth Day or Environment Day. The Fridays for Future movement is more impactful. and in a way as long as there is real climate action, it doesn't really matter if we celebrate the Day of Climate Action widely or not! And this is where it is hoped that the Climate COP26 to be held in Glasgow between October 31st and November 12th will make a dent in ensuring that world leaders and corporations commit to climate action and limiting carbon emissions. The real scary thing on Halloween 2021 will be the cost in emissions and money that the world is spending on what many believe is an eye-wash of a "greenwashing" conference hoping for a better outcome!

So ahead of COP26 here's a checklist to keep in mind while assessing the Climate COP26 that begins on Halloween: 

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Act on SDGs: Turn It Around

 Six years into the Sustainable Development Regime, on this the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, I, Raakhee Suryaprakash from Chennai, India, am using the platforms of my initiatives Sunshine Millennium and Re.Plastic  ( to showcase and #Amplify @SDGActions from around the world. I am communicating about and sharing #SDG best practices to #TurnItAround on Action on the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Through my initiative Sunshine Millennium, I amplify successes in the fields of #SDG7 - Affordable & Clean Energy, #SDG13 - Climate Action, #SDG11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities, #SDG6 - Clean Water & Sanitation as well as the SDGs 14 & 15 -#LifeBelowWater & #LifeOnLand - basically biodiversity conservation.

With my initiative  REplastic I amplify #SDG8 #SDG9 & #SDG12 for I believe responsible plastic waste management and controlling plastic production combines aspects of #innovation & responsible consumption and production while yielding #DecentWork and #EconomicGrowth.  

Friday, 10 September 2021

Where SDGs Are Met: May Obstacles to This Utopia Be Removed


Among the Hindu communities across the globe, today is observed as the birthday of Lord Ganapathi, the remover of obstacles and God of Wisdom & Knowledge in the Hindu pantheon. 


As the deity who can remove all barriers, any endeavor started after praying to him is believed to go smoothly as he adds a divine inspiration. 

At this first year of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-30) and as India celebrates 75 years of Independence and begins a year-long global and national celebration of "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav" - #IndiaAt75, here's dreaming of a utopian India where all the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are met. May Lord Vignesh - "vign harta" help us all reach this goal. And in the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the Sanskrit phrase repeated in Hindu texts such as the Maha Upanishad, meaning "the world is one family", let us work towards this goal of a world and India where the SDGs are a reality by the grace of the birthday boy - Ganapathi Bappa!

#SDG1 An India free of poverty

#SDG2 An India free of hunger

#SDG3 An India free of illness - physical or mental

#SDG4 An India free of illiteracy & functional illiteracy, empowered by accessible Quality Education for all

#SDG5 An India free of Gender injustice & GBV where true Gender Equality is the norm

#SDG6 An India free of water poverty - Clean water & sanitation for all 

#SDG7 An India free of Energy poverty - Clean & Affordable electricity & fuel for us all

#SDG8 An India empowered by Decent Work & Economic Growth

#SDG9 Indian Industry & Indian Infrastructure empowered by Indian Innovation

#SDG10 An India independent of inequality

#SDG11 An India of Sustainable Cities & Communities 

#SDG12 An India free of overconsumption, waste & irresponsible production - An India independent of SUPs & plastics

#SDG13 An India made vibrant with Climate Action

 #SDG14 An India of thriving water bodies, seas & ocean life

 #SDG15 Life & Flora, Fauna, Ecosystems thriving on Indian land

#SDG16 A peaceful & just India with strong institutions leading the way to true freedom & independence from injustice

#SDG17 - My dream for India is my dream for the world, because Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - a utopia where we all work to make our world a better place - True partnerships for progress.