Chastising Shah Faesal, a Mason Fellow at Harvard and Activist Civil Servant from Kashmir is a huge own goal. In the age of the digital, hundred year old structures do not work, as one tweet can be enough. An IAS topper with a mind of his own, now with access to Ivy League networks, can be a really potent critic in the perennial tinderbox of Srinagar. A future politician in the making, which New Delhi will have a handful of problems.
It seems from the sustainability fraternity as can be captured from the discourse, narratives and conversations in the digital realm that it is all about meta climate change and finance linked adaptation and associated instruments. The hype from climate change related events, usually PR gigs and the financialization of the climate change narrative, at a global level does a massive disservice to the nuance of climate change itself; impact in the everyday lived experience of people . Legal drivers do more good for climate change at the level of the nation state compelling organisations and communities to adapt them all the nudge through fancy ted talks. More structural drivers towards behaviour and action and less talk. No amount is of youth conferences will help in combating extreme weather events and it has been a hot year this summer. The onus is responsibility at the individual level will be transform structural deficits. Make people lose money and then watch the wheel of change move.