Practical Climate Resilience Building; Some Thoughts Beyond Adaptation

The financialisation and securitisation of the climate change discourse is the best thing to have happened. People take climate change more seriously. Lifestyle Environmentalism is incremental in nature. Climate Change Resilience is implemented through technology, finance and buy in from communities. And green politics also helps. We need more than tree hugging to save lives and the planet. The planet is an abstract idea, the flooding in the neighbourhood is cognitively more relatable.

The banks and financial sector taking climate change risks as real drivers to their portfolios has been a game changer as the Hindi proverb goes ‘Baap bada naa bhaiya, sabse bada rupaiyya’ which affirms the primacy of cash more than relationships.

Climate change will hit everything we do, some cities have already declared climate emergency. We need bankers to invest more in green infrastructure to save the world.

The Political Economy of Environmental Data

Environmentalists, in the corporate, consulting, civil society, research, regulatory and academic spaces need to understand that scientific data is a social construction. There are many parties in the production of the data on which policy, planning and implementation decisions are taken. The political economy of the environment, with its multiple manifestations in climate change are essentially human decisions, anthropomorphic in academic lingo. How knowledgeable is produced, interpreted and disseminated is key how environmental decisions are placed within the realm of political economy.

Understand how the technical reports are consumed in the decision making ecosystem, as the common refrain is ‘environmental issues are not taken seriously’.

Environment is more than science, fortunately. It is life.