Mumbaikars attends a talk about redefining development and the economy

With the strike against climate change gaining momentum worldwide, Friday for the future The impulse of a town is organizing a series of events in the city this month. It started with Mumbai students from schools across the city that took to the roads on Friday, to stand up and listen to their voices. On Saturday there was a Discussion panel , focusing on the redefinition of development and the economy that saw participants in fields that include students, people with environmental awareness and ordinary citizens, joined in a platform. Panelists included Chirag Dhara, a climate scientist, Dr. Rashneh Pardiwala, an ecologist, Rashida Atthar, a social scientist and Kamal Kothari, an author of a book on the environment. Here you are looking at what happened at the event.

Examining the impact of climate change

The panel explored different topics looking into how the population has grown exponentially and how it's affecting our environment, government policies and also looked at the definition of development and how it impacts our climate, ecology and our socioeconomic lives. It also focused on how the environment is increasingly viewed as a hurdle to development and growth of our economy. Is this development destructive or constructive? Is it possible to co-exist? Chirag went on to underline the fact that, "Climate change is not the origin of the problem. We are already battling heat waves and global warming, and climate change only makes that worse." Dr Rashneh Pardiwala, in response to a query from a student about how students can contribute to this global movement shared, "You do not need to be a politician to address climate change . You need to be a change maker, and each of us can be that. And the change will start of small but it takes one person, and one idea to become a change maker. You don't need to be a politician to bring about awareness on a much larger scale. All of us need to take responsibility. If you feel strongly about the issue, you need to stand up for the issue. As climate change does not discriminate. We will be eliminated as a species, if we do not stand up and take a stand."

The discussion also focused on changes in the terrain that people could make to reduce their carbon footprint, either using electric cars or opting for solar energy as a society, thus working to have zero electricity bills.