The Anthropocene is characterized by the multi-pronged existential threat of climate change, which in turn is defined by atmospheric warming, rising sea levels, escalating greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of fragile ecosystems.
An added layer of complexity is the important socio-political question: historically, India has not been the greatest emitter of greenhouse gasses (GHGs). An Indian emitted 1.97 tonnes of carbon dioxide (tCO2) annually in 2018, while Americans and Canadians both emitted well over 16 tCO2. India’s per capita emissions were also a fraction of the European Union (6.78 tCO2/person) and China (7.95 tCO2/person), making it the lowest per capita emitter amongst the world’s large economies. On a per capita basis, the argument for common but differentiated responsibility should be crystal clear, but the attempts to shift responsibility towards developing countries continue.
CSE’s Climate Change Programme is committed to championing the study of the most pressing issues related to the climate crisis, as well as the international and domestic interventions that characterize our response to this crisis. It is through this lens that the Climate Change team conducts and disseminates research on emerging climate issues and builds capacity through trainings and workshops to create multipliers for climate action in society.
Acknowledging our roles as an organisation and members of the global community, we are change-makers who work to raise awareness about the imperative to reduce GHG emissions while fighting the adverse impacts of climate change.