Q3 from C3 is a platform where we collect feedback and insights from Chennai folks from diverse backgrounds on climate change and more specifically, climate action.
In this post, we provide the insights from Sanjay Sampath, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Curve Consulting, a firm that provides air quality and sustainability based consulting to US based entities.
Chennai Climate Consortium (C3) thanks Sanjay for his valuable inputs.
Like elsewhere, Chennaites are bombarded with information on threats from climate change, but they are told very little about what they can do. How can a strong awareness be created about climate action so that the average Chennaite gets involved?
I think we need to reach out to younger generation and do a collaboration with the education department of the state government. In parallel, I would also suggest a getting a buy in from various schools and educational institutions to present and educate students through a concise thirty-minute PPT.
What are your recommendations for Chennai to become a role model for climate action for cities worldwide?
I would say that working closely with the Chennai Corporation in setting carbon reduction targets for the city would be a beneficial step. Publicizing the same through various channels would help spread knowledge about the same. Setting up a measurement mechanism to measure progress in different sectors would help quantify the changes that are being made. Once this is done, successes should be publicized once they are achieved and the virtuous cycle should be restarted.
Personally, what types of climate action or sustainability projects would you like to be involved in?
I would like to work on any decarbonization or air pollution control project. Air pollution plays a big part in the area of sustainability. I can introduce the CCC team to some of the extensive efforts that the IITM incubated company, led by myself takes in addressing air quality issues.