IUSD Lecture #4 / Prof. Dr. Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University, India

Thinking Ecologically about Indian Cities

India’s cities are on a breakneck path to growth. Cities are engines of prosperity and promise, but also concentrations of pollution, stress, and disease. Episodes of flood, drought, heat waves, and smog tell us why we must begin to think ecologically about the urban future of Indian cities. Many Indian cities were built on a firm basis of local ecology, drawing on the rivers, lakes, forests, grasslands, and coastal areas around them for food, water and building material. Yet over centuries the human population has grown and transformed the ecology of our cities beyond recognition. This talk will discuss how we need to learn from our past urban history, to re-design our cities to accommodate ecology. This is essential to ensure human wellbeing and resilience to climate change.

Photos: Harini Nagendra

The IUSD Lecture will be held in English via Cisco Webex on Thursday, January 14, 2021 / 12:00-13:00 CET.
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