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Session 1: Sustainable Lifestyles and Climate Justice.

This opening side–event at the India pavilion launched fruitful discussion on Sustainable Lifestyles and Climate Justice, after the inauguration of the Pavilion by the Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Anil Madhav Dave, who shared his thoughts on the importance of adopting Sustainable practices as the way forward to battle Climate Change. The India pavilion registered a heavy footfall following the opening address by the Hon’ble Minister and the eye-catching LED display screens, Visual Book Projection, Aqua Curtains kept the visitors to this COP 22 pavilion informed and engaged.

The event organized by Centre for Environment Education (CEE), included participants from TERI, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), UNFCCC and the Global Environment Education Partnership (GEEP). The session discussed the various factors that go into developing and evolving a sustainable lifestyle. Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director CEE mentioned how it was largely due to the efforts of the Prime Minister of India that lifestyle was included in the Charter of the Paris Agreement, 2015. Adriana Valenzuela, UNFCCC, said how guidelines had been developed for article 6 focal points, (on education, public awareness and empowerment) and will be launched during the current COP at Marrakech. Mr. Sanjay Seth and Swati Agarwal of TERI spoke of how most of India’s infrastructure is yet to be built and how issues of lifestyle can be integrated in the new developments. Alan Reid of GEEP, talked on how education also needs to focus on values and a larger world view. Ms. Vijeta Rattani from CSE, shared data on consumption pattern in the USA and how it was grossly wasteful and many times that of developing countries.

The discussion also focused on how education had a major transformative role to play. This would involve not just formal education but also non-formal and in-formal education. The session concluded that more evidence of the role education played in achieving climate change adaptation and mitigation was needed..

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