Amidst climate change threats and geopolitical struggles, can nations afford to take an isolationist perspective in determining their energy policies or is global thinking and interdependence the way for a sustainable and stable future? What are the latest trends in global oil and natural gas markets and what implications do these have for countries like India? A panel discussion on this issue was organized by the Mumbai Center featuring energy experts from Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at the India Merchants Chambers on December 1.
Are rural communities willing to pay for clean drinking water? How does household income influence the decision making of citizens regarding prioritizing water for agriculture or drinking purposes? How do you provide water to people in a sustainable manner? What are the incentives for a community to manage its common water resources? Dr. Katherine Alfredo, a research scientist from Earth Institute, Columbia University presented her ongoing research on some of these complex questions in a Lecture and Discussion organized by the Mumbai Center.
To mark Dr. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary and celebrate the centenary of his graduation from Columbia University, CGC | Mumbai organized a public panel at the Godrej India Culture Lab and an all-day workshop on December 9-10. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891–1956) is best remembered today for leading a powerful struggle for untouchable rights and self-representation, for his extensive writings on caste as a form of inequality and historical injustice, and for his enduring effect on Indian trajectories of democratic justice and affirmative action policy.
Global citizenship emerged as a buzzword among Mumbai citizens on November 19, 2016, with the metropolis hosting the Global Citizen Festival featuring British rock band, Coldplay. In the afternoon preceding the landmark event, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai partnered with the festival organizer, The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) to organize a workshop to explore ways in which citizenship could be practicably realized in classrooms.
Municipal solid waste has tripled globally since 1950 and is expected to be six times greater by 2030. So, how will global cities manage their ever-increasing mounds of waste? One thing that clearly emerges from years of research is that we need to put an end to open dumping. Evidence for this argument was presented by Athanasios Bourtsalas, Adjunct Professor at the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department, Columbia University, and the Manager of the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University.
Extreme climate events are on the rise globally, raising concerns about the future of coastal cities. Enabling cities to become resilient to climate-induced changes has emerged as a priority in local and global agendas. As part of an ongoing initiative to build knowledge on Urban Climate Resilience, the Center organized a round-table discussion, bringing together scientists and urban experts, to assess the potential risks of a catastrophic flood in Mumbai due to a tropical cyclone-driven storm surge.
Social revolution and cinematic movements have been strange bedfellows in the history of Latin American countries since the 1950s. Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies, Columbia University, and former Director of the New York Film Festival, offered a glimpse into Latin American cinema through the evolving histories of Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina through a four-day lecture series and film screenings at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai.
Creativity, which is considered to be a key driver of innovation, is often characterized as an indefinable and innate quality possessed by a few people. The Center organized a presentation and panel discussion with Gita Johar, Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and writer Aparna Piramal-Raje to demystify the concepts of creativity and innovation.
Greywater recycling is a potential solution for urban areas to address their acute water shortages. It decreases the demand for freshwater, lowers the discharge of wastewater into the environment, and helps recharge the groundwater table. As part of its ongoing Groundwater Series, the Center invited Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute to share his insights on how greywater reuse can be implemented in Mumbai.
Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai partnered with the Committee on Global Thought on a project intended to discuss pressing issues affecting globalization in the world today and to do so in conversation with colleagues in different parts of the world in academia, government, business, journalism, and civil society. The Mumbai component of this Global Think-In, organized on April 24, 2017, took the form of a virtual video conversation among experts from India and the Columbia University campus.