Young Indians

CII’s Young Indians (Yi) is a movement for Indian Youth to converge, lead, co-create and influence India’s future. Formed in 2002, Yi has a growing, inclusive membership with over 3200 direct members in 50 chapters, and 29500 students YUVA members from colleges. Yi membership includes young entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from different walks of life. Through impactful projects and activities under “Youth Leadership”, “Nation Building” and “Thought Leadership”, Yi hopes to emerge as a premier Indian Youth Organization and play an important role in Nation Building. Yi is one of the proud founders of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20) & CAYE- Asia Pacific.

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Sandeep Chauhan

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Event Details

Climate change has increased the level of uncertainty about our future. As its impacts intensify over time, one thing has become certain: We are clearly the last generation that can change the course of climate change, and we are also the first generation with its consequences.


Climate change impacts everyone. Young people are not only victims of climate change. They are also valuable contributors to climate action. They are agents of change, entrepreneurs and innovators. Whether through education, science or technology, young people have the potential to scale up their efforts and use their skills to accelerate climate action.


Yi Climate Action Summit 2022 under the larger umbrella of Yi Climate Action Week 2022 seeks to bring together leaders, change makers, youth, and all stakeholders to accelerate efforts for collective thought and climate action. This platform shall enable knowledge exchange about the impacts of climate change, promote understanding of individual responsibility, and foster skill development among the youth to tackle climate change.


This summit will build value for the membership of Yi, including Yi YUVA student members, young people and children - including both rural and urban, and the wider community in collaborating to build awareness, action and thought leadership for climate change.


Agenda

  • September 19, 2022

  • September 24, 2022

September 19, 2022

Main Schedule

10:15 - 11:00
Inaugural Session & Keynote
Raunak Goyal (National Chair at Young Indians)
Raunak Goyal
Dilip Krishna (National Vice Chair at Young Indians)
Dilip Krishna
Piyush Garg (Climate Change, Chair at Young Indians)
Piyush Garg
11:00 - 11:45
Youth and Climate Change
Young people are not only victims of climate change. They are also valuable contributors to climate action. How can we bring the youth together for positive climate action?
Pauline Laravoire (Founding & Steering Committee Member at Youth for Sustainability India Alliance)
Pauline Laravoire
Pauline hails from Paris, and holds a master’s degree in Sustainability and Social Innovation from HEC Paris. She has developed her expertise in strategy consulting, social entrepreneurship and impact assessment, especially as the co-founder of non-profit AQWA, which has supported social enterprises and NGOs through social impact assessment studies. In 2018, Pauline moved to Kolkata, where she joined Techno India Group as Sustainability Director. As such, she is striving to create more learning and professional opportunities for students in the sustainability sector, especially through her network-based venture Y-East. Overall, Pauline has developed expertise and passion for building communities of organisations towards sustainability, being notably associated with the following community-based ventures: Y-East, Youth for Sustainability India Alliance and #LearningPlanet.
Pratap Raju (Founding Partner at Climate Collective)
Pratap Raju
Pratap Raju has been in the climate and clean tech space since 2009. From being one of the pioneers in solar in the early days of National Solar Mission, he has pivoted to supporting climate and clean tech startups throughout South Asia, where the Climate Collective has accelerated over 600+ cleantech startups across the region. A graduate from Harvard and and then Oxford University, Pratap Raju has been an entrepreneur for the past 20 years in IT, media, renewable energy, and now climate.
11:45 - 12:30
Climate Change in the Classroom
There is a need to build connections between school education and climate change. Why and how can climate change be integrated into school curricula in India?
Heeta Lakhani (Founder of ClimAct Foundation)
Heeta Lakhani
Heeta Lakhani is a climate educator and founded The ClimAct Initiative. She has a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI University, India. She is a firm believer in the power of youth participation in grassroots and international processes and strives to create change-makers who combat the climate crisis with knowledge-based action. Heeta was introduced to the world of the United Nations Climate Change process at COP21 in 2015 and was the Global Focal Point for YOUNGO for 2020-21. She also works on training youth to be effective negotiators in the UN intergovernmental processes through the Youth Negotiators Academy.
Srishti Singh (Climate Change Consultant at Centre for Environment Education)
Srishti Singh
Srishti currently leads the Climate Change Programmes at the Centre for Environment Education and has a Master’s degree in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, India. She has extensive experience in locally-led adaptation, resilience building, youth-led campaigns and climate change education, including leading a UNFCCC award winning initiative – Global Resilience Partnership Programme – to build the climate-resilience capacities of urban poor in South Asia. Srishti believes in the power of participatory approaches to policy making and implementation.
Akhilesh Anilkumar (Managing Director of Bring Back Green Foundation)
Akhilesh Anilkumar
Akhilesh Anilkumar is a whirlwind of activity. Take a look at his journey so far. In 2018, his ‘Swap The Straw’ campaign pushed for the eradication of plastic straws through physical and policy-making interventions. A passionate advocate of climate education, his draft environmental curriculum ideas were well-received by the Kerala government. He has organised various conferences on climate education and started developing a mobile app too. When exposed to the problems faced by coastal communities due to coastal erosion, he worked with the community and with various government agencies including the Kerala Excise Department, Kerala Institute of Local Administration, Fisheries Department and Harbour Engineering Department to conduct research and create new policies. The work that Akhilesh is doing enhances India’s blue economy and preserves marine diversity, which is the aim of the new Draft Blue Economy policy created by the National Ministry of Earth Sciences in 2021, and works toward SDG 14 by conserving marine resources for sustainable development. Further, it led him to conceptualise and develop ‘Theeram’, a documentary series which focuses on the lives and livelihoods of Kerala’s coastal communities and how climate change and artificial constructions have negatively impacted them. Through his Foundation, he has also worked on waste management and sustainable menstruation products. Widening the scope further, his in-the-works climate start-up aims to develop circular and gender-neutral fashion.
12:30 - 13:15
Preserving Water, Air and Land for Climate Action
How do afforestation, water conservation and related climate adaptation & mitigation projects create a safe space for preserving climate?
Shrey Goyal (Principal at Sustainable Growth Initiative & Head of Observer Delegation, COP 27 Egypt)
Shrey Goyal
Shrey leads the Sustainable Growth Initiative, a Delhi and Paris-based organisation working on climate action, energy security, and social equity. An IIT Kharagpur graduate, he is an alumnus of the Presidential Classroom (Washington DC), the Australia-India Youth Dialogue, and the European Forum Alpbach. Shrey has been accoladed with the UN Global Climate Action Award, and has been listed in Forbes India 30-Under-30. He shall be heading an observer delegation to the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27 Egypt) later this year.
Bhavesh Swami (Lead - Clean Energy Policy and Engagements at The Climate Reality Project India)
Bhavesh Swami
Bhavesh has more than sixteen years of experience working with national & international organizations, govt bodies, policy institutes and NGOs in various capacities. Currently, he is working with Climate Reality, an initiative by Noble Laureate Al Gore that is spearheading climate change conversation and associated mitigation & adaptation action across the Globe. They are working in the areas of afforestation, rainwater harvesting and green campuses under the South Asia Branch. Besides this, he helped set the ball rolling for NCR’s biggest Renewable Energy Park in Gurgaon, a collective effort by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Haryana Government and ADEME, The French Development Agency. Working on a World Bank and GEF (Global environment Facility) project, he helped percolate benefits of resource efficiency among the Indian SME fraternity. His project with Indian industries has helped reduce 2 million tons of CO2 over its cumulative time-frame. These efforts got featured in the India’s submission at UNFCCCs as a ‘Project worth emulating’.
Kanchana Weerakoon (Founder President of Eco friendly Volunteers Sri Lanka (ECO-V))
Kanchana Weerakoon
Kanchana is an Ornithologist and an environment conservationist specialized in Climate Change, Organic Farming, Conservation education, wetland conservation, Invasive Alien Species, Biodiversity Conservation, Spirituality and Conservation, Conscious Consumerism, Sustainable Management. She is a practitioner and a trainer for sustainable living and zero waste lifestyle for different stake holders. Kanchana has been heading ECO-V fulltime for last 21 years while actively being engaged with JCJ operations for last 10 years. She is actively involved with various environment and conservation networks in the world and does consultancies in the Asia region for achieving sustainable practices and life styles for different organizations and corporate sector. She loves working with kids and youth to motivate them for connecting with Nature through five sensory organs of the body to enjoy and feel the nature. Kanchana was awarded the Most Outstanding Young Person of the year in 2002 in Sri Lanka, Eisenhower Fellow in 2012, trained as a Climate Change Reality Leadership Corp by Al Gore in 2013 and shortlisted for Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Award in 2018. As a part of her professional work, she has introduced and conceptualized programmes such as “Yathras” (Journeys) – Training programmes specially designed for future climate champions and sustainable leaders by travelling from one place to another over few days with living experience, “Nature Kids”- Kids connecting with Nature using five sensory organs, “Metta Garden” – Gardening through loving kindness. Kanchana has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences and Master of Philosophy in Ornithology from Sri Lanka and a Diploma in Endangered Species Management from University of Kent UK.
13:15 - 14:15
Global Climate Simulation Workshop
Build you own climate action strategy with En-ROADS (Energy Rapid Overview and Decision Support) Climate Workshop - an interactive climate action simulator to understand and quickly see the long-term effects of the global climate policies and actions.
Amit Pandey (Climate Ambassador at Climate Interactive)
Amit Pandey
Amit is a serial entrepreneur and a climate ambassador. He is currently building, Do it Zero (DIZ), an Eco-Action platform for organizations to engage and reward their employees and customers for environmental-friendly actions. DIZ’s goal is to drive Zero Pollution, Zero Wastage, and Net-Zero Emissions. Amit has been an entrepreneur for over 18 years and has founded and exited three tech-enabled businesses. Before pursuing an entrepreneurial path, he worked at GE (General Electric) for a decade and was President of GE Dental & Vision, a stand-alone division of GE Insurance in California. Amit completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay and received his MBA from IIM Bangalore.
Johann Fernandes (Climate Ambassador at Climate Interactive)
Johann Fernandes
Johann Fernandes is a consultant and a Learning For Action (LFA) fellow at Terra.do, a global climate career and education platform whose aim is to transition 100M people to climate jobs by 2030. At Terra, his work involves understanding the climate funding ecosystem in India with the goal to support early-stage climate startups and Ngo's access grant capital. He is also an En-Roads Climate Ambassador and conducts climate workshops with youth, young professionals and businesses informing them of the range of solutions required to solve climate change. Prior to this, Johann worked in the Philanthropy and Water & Sanitation (WSH) teams at Dasra. His work involved funder management, donor education and fundraising for the National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (NFSSM) Alliance, a platform of 30 organisations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also worked with Yunus Social Business, an organisation started by Noble Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, and was a strategy intern with Tata Trusts in 2016. He graduated from Ashoka University with a degree in Computer Science & Entrepreneurship.

Speakers

Raunak Goyal (National Chair at Young Indians)

Raunak Goyal

National Chair at Young Indians

Dilip Krishna (National Vice Chair at Young Indians)

Dilip Krishna

National Vice Chair at Young Indians

Praveen Agarwal (Regional Chair SRTKKA at Young Indians)

Praveen Agarwal

Regional Chair SRTKKA at Young Indians

Akhilesh Anilkumar (Managing Director of Bring Back Green Foundation)

Akhilesh Anilkumar

Managing Director of Bring Back Green Foundation

Anoop Babu (Consultant at Yi UTKARSH Carbon Neutral Event)

Anoop Babu

Consultant at Yi UTKARSH Carbon Neutral Event

Johann Fernandes (Climate Ambassador at Climate Interactive)

Johann Fernandes

Climate Ambassador at Climate Interactive

Shrey Goyal (Principal at Sustainable Growth Initiative & Head of Observer Delegation, COP 27 Egypt)

Shrey Goyal

Principal at Sustainable Growth Initiative & Head of Observer Delegation, COP 27 Egypt

Heeta Lakhani (Founder of ClimAct Foundation)

Heeta Lakhani

Founder of ClimAct Foundation

Pauline Laravoire (Founding & Steering Committee Member at Youth for Sustainability India Alliance)

Pauline Laravoire

Founding & Steering Committee Member at Youth for Sustainability India Alliance

Prabir Mishra (CEO of TRST01 (Trust O One))

Prabir Mishra

CEO of TRST01 (Trust O One)

Amit Pandey (Climate Ambassador at Climate Interactive)

Amit Pandey

Climate Ambassador at Climate Interactive

Pratap Raju (Founding Partner at Climate Collective)

Pratap Raju

Founding Partner at Climate Collective

Srishti Singh (Climate Change Consultant at Centre for Environment Education)

Srishti Singh

Climate Change Consultant at Centre for Environment Education

Bhavesh Swami (Lead - Clean Energy Policy and Engagements at The Climate Reality Project India)

Bhavesh Swami

Lead - Clean Energy Policy and Engagements at The Climate Reality Project India

Kanchana Weerakoon (Founder President of Eco friendly Volunteers Sri Lanka (ECO-V))

Kanchana Weerakoon

Founder President of Eco friendly Volunteers Sri Lanka (ECO-V)

Piyush Garg (Climate Change, Chair at Young Indians)

Piyush Garg

Climate Change, Chair at Young Indians

Madhana Ratnavel (Climate Change, Co Chair at Young Indians)

Madhana Ratnavel

Climate Change, Co Chair at Young Indians

Yi Climate Change

Yi's Climate Change initiative aims to bring together the nation's youth and engage them for positive climate action. We aim to create awareness, education, and initiate projects towards climate action, including climate adaptation and climate mitigation.


Some of our areas of engagement include:


  • Empowering children to understand and tackle climate change
  • Encourage young people to come to the forefront of climate change conversations
  • Enable young people to develop skills to adapt to climate change effectively
  • Support rural population for skill development and sustainable climate change solutions
  • Initiate projects for climate adaptation and mitigation, including focus on disaster management and relief


Yi's Climate Change also engages at the local, state, national and international levels with governments and organizations towards climate change advocacy.


Over the years Yi has responded towards and supported disaster relief work, initiated afforestation and water conservation projects across the country. Yi has also participated at the UN Climate Change Conference 26 (UNFCCC COP 26) in Glasgow.

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