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Environment and Energy

Environment and Energy

Environmental factors are a major focus of India’s development agenda.

Recognizing the critical importance of increasing energy access, reducing pollution, and improving resilience in the face of climate change, the Indian government has worked with the international community to combat climate change and promote responsible environmental practices. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that he and U.S. President Barack Obama “share an uncompromising commitment on climate change without affecting our ability to meet the development aspirations of humanity,” and in April 2016, India signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. At the same time, 300 million Indian citizens live without access to power, and accessibility must be balanced with sustainability in the coming decades. 

The India Initiative hosted a number of events and programs that highlighted this delicate balance in an era of great environmental challenges.

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with issues of environment across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.

Georgetown students in Mumbai and Pune

India Innovation Studio Students Pitch Their Policy Designs in Maharashtra

Maharashtra—India’s wealthiest state—faced a crippling drought in 2016 and continues to grapple with extreme weather conditions. In June 2017, 20 Georgetown students travelled to Maharashtra’s major cities Mumbai and Pune to study the effects of drought in the region.


Lunch with the Professors: Subnational Approaches to Climate Change in India

Lunch with the Professors: Subnational Approaches to Climate Change in India

The India Initiative Lunch with the Professors Series is a year-long speaker series launched in December 2016 that convenes students and faculty for conversations about India and its relationship to the United States and the world. On March 31, the India Initiative hosted Vicki Arroyo, executive…


Jairam Ramesh: "From Copenhagen to Paris - Emerging Economies and Climate Change Diplomacy" (Video)

October 5, 2014

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes