All posts tagged: COVID-19

Our final call to restore environmental balance

The relationship between human beings and nature has been striving for balance for decades. We have pressured the natural world, with damaging consequences, for generations; we took too much without giving anything back. Ever since the industrial revolution, fossil fuels set us on a course of expanding our production, which also meant more pollution and waste. While leading and developing economies metered their growth through their GDPs

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Bringing Economic and Energy Efficiency

Bringing economic and energy efficiency priorities together in a post-pandemic world

The COVID-19 crises have put to the forefront grave challenges that are not just limited to the healthcare sector. Along with a staggering public-health turmoil, the economic repercussions of the pandemic have been alarming in the country with the contraction of GDP in Q1 of 2020 by 23.9% and the loss of jobs in April with the announcement of lockdown has been estimated to be at an alarming high of 122 million.

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Cooling as a developmental need in human habitat

Over the past decade, rising temperatures have added to the enormity of India’s developmental challenges. Rising temperatures present a grave danger to both food (nutrition) security and public health, making access to cooling a necessity for all sections of the population.

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The time is right for global alliances to harmonize Vaccine Supply Chains

While putting 1.3 billion people in lockdown in India due to the threats of the spread of COVID-19 might be the biggest social experiment in the history of humanity, its socio-economic impacts will not be equally spread. To begin with, the mitigation calls for coordinated negotiations between the up-sizing and down-sizing of the government machinery, calling for ‘g-local’ (global decisions impacting local actions) and affordable solutions which remain accessible to the most vulnerable sections of the society and most importantly, the will and capacity of the state to undertake fundamental changes.

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Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Teaching us new ways to network?

There are events in history when disruptive changes become a new shared reality, forcing us to take a leap of faith into unchartered territory. The COVID-19 pandemic and its local, national and global health and safety regulations has changed the face of our people to people connections. As we vacate those hallways, we construct new networks, overcoming the physical with the virtual. In times like this adoption of innovation, technology and networked communications could be prescribed to keep the show going. But is India ready to adapt to this niche behaviour in the short term or do we still have miles to go and some hardships to overcome, even in a post COVID lockdown world?

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