Blog/Oral: Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain was born on 1961 in India. She is an environmentalist, a political activist and a huge contributor to the Green concept of sustainable development. She was born in 1961. She has studied in several institutions such as the University of Delhi and University of Calcutta which are both located in India as well as the Cranfield University which is located in the United Kingdom. 

I chose Sunita Narain because I believe that she is an inspirational woman that has contributed a lot to the society and her work should be given more recognition. Moreover, she is a successful Indian woman that has several accolades to her name which I would like to be one day. I find it rare to find an elderly Indian woman standing up to issues surrounding the environment and actually succeeding in bringing a change, therefore I admire her a lot. We are different in a very important way due to the fact that I am not passionate about the environment as much as she is. 

I decided to do my research about her because she has done a few remarkable works, however I didn’t know who she was up until this project. Sunita has brought awareness to the public about the need for sustainable development based on her studies on environment and development. She wrote an analysis on India’s water supply and pollution. She works as a researcher and advocate for issues concerning the global environment. Her main researches are based on global democracy while specializing in climate change in relation to the need of the local democracy which focused water related issues and forest resource management. She is the director at the institute of the Centre for Science and Environment which is India-based research, she is also the director of the society for environmental communications and the editor of the magazine, Down to Earth. Moreover, she has written several publications advocating local participatory democracy as the key to sustainable development, flexibility mechanisms, the need for equity and entitlements in climate negotiations. She also wrote several articles on the need of interventions concerning the eco-regeneration of India’s rural environment and poverty reduction. 

She has several accolades to her name such as the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediaperson, the renown Padma Shri by the Government of India, the Stockholm Water Prize, the honorary doctor of science by the University of Calcutta, the Raja-Lakshmi award and the IAMCR Climate change communication research in action reward. Last but not least, she was listed in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People. 

To conclude, she is someone that I consider inspirational because she several accolades to her name and she is a very educated woman in a country where a lot of girls sometimes have to fight for their right to education. 

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