Climate Justice Series: Resource Extraction and Energy Equity in India

Event Date: 
March 1, 2024

At a time when India is increasing both its reliance on renewables and coal mining to meet energy demand, it faces deep challenges in ensuring its transition is equitable and just. On March 1, please join us for “Resource Extraction and Energy Equity,” an event where we will explore the current situation in India, what policies are being proposed, and the future of marginalized coal-communities. 

This event is the latest installment of a series examining social and economic justice issues related to climate change and the energy transition in India. It is co-sponsored by the India Program at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia SIPA, the Ambedkar Initiative at the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society, the SIPA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Climate & Engagement (DEICE) Committee, Columbia Climate School, and South Asia Institute.
This session will feature two experts whose research and reporting in the coal heartlands of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh bring attention to the importance of bottom-up engagement in shaping just transitions. Scholar Dr. Vasudha Chhotray and award-winning journalist Ankur Paliwal will be in a conversation moderated by Dr. Kaushik Deb, senior research scholar and the lead of the India Program at CGEP.
Prof. Melissa Lott, senior director of research at CGEP and a professor of practice at Columbia’s Climate School, will deliver welcome remarks. Deepali Srivastava, editor of CGEP’s Energy Explained, is the convenor of this series that honors the legacy of Columbia University alum and India’s civil rights icon, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891–1956), an economist and an environmental rights leader, whose vision builds a bridge from past to present.


  • Dr. Vasudha Chhotray: Professor of Politics and Development, School of Global Development, University of East Anglia.
  • Ankur Paliwal: Award-winning Journalist Covering Science, Inequity, and Queer People.

When: Mar 1, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST

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