Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a panel discussion organized by the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai, featuring notable speakers from the government, non-profit, and private sectors, discussing climate action in India. The panel discussion featured Ms. Mridula Ramesh , an author and clean tech investor, Ms. Supriya Sahu, Addl. Chief Secretary of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Forest, Govt. of TN, and Ms. Jayshree Vencatesan, Managing Trustee of Care Earth Foundation. The discussion was moderated by the British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis and provided valuable insights into the various perspectives on climate action.
It is particularly encouraging to note that governments and non-profit organizations are increasingly involving young people in their climate action projects. As young people are more likely to be affected by the consequences of climate change, it is imperative that they are given a voice in the conversation and an opportunity to shape the policies and actions that will impact their future.
I also had the pleasure of attending the King's Birthday Party celebrations after the panel discussion. It was heartening to see the importance given to accessibility by the British Deputy High Commissioner, Oliver Ballhatchet MBE and his wife Roy. I was impressed by the placement of the ramp in the center of the stage, making it accessible to everyone, instead of being placed in a corner, as is often the case.
I had the pleasure of interacting with the British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis. It was a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas. I had a great time at the celebration and had the opportunity to meet and converse with several other dignitaries who were present at the event. It was a great networking opportunity and provided a platform to discuss various topics of interest.