Climate Capital for Climate Action.

Climate capital is the fuel that will move the needle on climate resilience, as adaptation should be the focus especially for at risk climate geographies. Loss and Damage makes for good optics. The global north aka rich countries want to survive hence climate action is an agenda otherwise sadly it would not.

It makes resources to have agency, to act and think of a better world. ‘Poverty-rianism’, a Shekhar Gupta neologism is an apt reference here- as poverty only looks aesthetic in Ray movies. Lack of resources stunts intellectual capacity to take long term action.

The main people who say money does not matter are the people with money. Let us all find a way to meet adaptation needs through climate capital. None of the resource colonialism arguments shall matter in an unlivable world where the poorest only suffer. Emissions reduction will be patchy are variegated with a reflection of the power dynamics of today. The global north exists within the global south with the elites migrating to places where their families and assets are secure.

Leave the abstract theory building to the seminar room, climate action needs action, and it is not a h-index temple run for tenure.

IAIA23 Acceptance.

Accepted for a presentation for the fourth year in a row at the International Association for Impact Assessment IAIA 2023 conference in Malaysia.

As an ESIA practitioner which has plenty of overlaps with ESG now a days, resilience is a key area of intellectual interest as the question – what do we do the assessment for? Or the disclosure deluge now occupies mind space as scale, place, spectrum and space impact how we think about what beyond the report apart from tick box measures ?

Hope to present my thoughts in Kuching next year as the previous two or rather three were pandemic pause hit.

Shukran to Hardik Bhai for his steadfast support over the years when no one else gave a chance to do pioneering work on ESIAs.


Sustainability is Essential Services.

In this climate zeitgeist, borrowing a phrase from the pandemic pause, sustainability is essential services and its commercial nomenclature called ‘ESG’.

Survival is essential, and the right quantum of finance available in operationalizing the transition. From the Internal Combustion era to the Electric paradigm, it would need greater implementation intensity of the ideas that are needed now. Access to climate capital is imperative, and fewer reports would help.

Ask the ‘how to do’ question.

#sustainability #finance

Mind Set.

Risk taking is a mindset, where to take the risk is a matter of tradeoffs as part of the game we intend to play. You can either take the main elevator, the service elevator, the KMP elevator or the stairs or the emergency routes. Think of which elevator we want to take.

Call ‘S’ for Context

The aspect of ‘S’ or the community of stakeholders of the business ecosystem enables the sustainability of operations with carbon and beyond. Carbon is quantifiable and can be benchmarked with peers albeit S needs some degree of measurement of impact, social value of initiatives is a good metric, as your consumers (scope one in social terms) is the primary agenda of business.

Some sectors such as resource extraction and manufacturing supply chains will always have a greater focus on social factors than others. Material conditions of businesses are the starting point of any ESG conversation.

People will deliver the emissions transition. Whether to insert the ‘Just’ prefix is dependent on the compliance pressures of the business.


The Year of Writing in Review-2022

A ritual that keeps the writer in me accountable, this year has been a time to realize why I write, and it is for impact, to create narratives that aid change. A couple for Tatvita-Analysts and one for IHRB with Adrian Pereira Sir.

Three academic conference acceptances from HKU, Sunway University and Manipal on good topics related to labor. I have also submitted a book chapter currently under review. There were missed deadlines due to geographical transitions and family emergencies which caused stress and a block, which took some time to reflect reconcile and negotiate.

I hope to contribute more to the practitioner-policy literature and hope along the way theory is built from praxis. I thank sponsors, supervisors and mentors who supported me and those pulled the plug on me despite doing everything, however the mosaic of life falls into place, so each tough step is imbued with meaning and purpose. So grateful for the setbacks as those teach us more than the good times.

A special mention to Adrian Pereira Vaibhavi Pingale Guna Subramaniam Junice Yeo for the writing opportunities that I treasure as each feedback loop is a precious learning curve.

I blogged each day this year, and have plenty of ideas on ESG, labor and the human side of the emissions transition to write in the coming year.

In Gratitude.