Dasra, a strategic philanthropy organisation, during the 14th edition of Dasra Philanthropy Week organised at Godrej One, Vikhroli in Mumbai, introduced its vision to collaborate with various sector experts, funders, civil society organisations and institutions to form Climate Action alliance to enable intersectional climate action in India.The aim of the Alliance is to bring together stakeholders across sectors to build resilient systems and to secure the welfare of marginalized communities.
The Climate Action Alliance, supported by the Rainmatter Foundation, will help build consensus and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, including the government and civil society organisations, to help shape an India view and common narrative against climate issues. The Alliance will also build partnerships with global and national institutions to leverage expertise, disseminate knowledge and hold convenings. In addition to this, The Alliance will also aim to facilitate philanthropy for climate related aspects.
Dasra also announced its plan to present a first-of-its-kind landscape and research report, to demystify the intersectionality of climate change in India. The Climate Intersectionality Report, in collaboration with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), would delve into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, namely, SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being, SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 15 – Life on Land, and SDG 5 – Gender Equality and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals, as the cross-cutting SDGs. It would spotlight the need to approach climate change with an intersectional lens, which will help in devising suitable interventions via linkage with other sectors. The Climate Intersectionality Report will be launched in the coming months.
Speaking at the Dasra Philanthropy Week, Sameer Shisodia, CEO, Rainmatter Foundation, commented, “The climate crisis is a result of every bad trade-off we made in the last 10,000 years and, in an accelerated pace, for the past 100 years. Unless we link responsibility of our places, and link the future of our places as our responsibility, we would not have anywhere to run to.”
Sameer further added, “Climate is a place problem, and only the people who live there are aligned with the long-term interest of the place. Hence keeping the communities at the centre of the climate problem and giving them a decision making is an integral part of the fight against climate change.”