With climate change accelerating, the Himalayan region is experiencing mounting pressure on shared water resources. A combination of growing water insecurity and fraught regional geopolitics threaten the stability and prosperity of billions of people in Himalayan Asia. Join us in conversation with David Michel (Senior Researcher, Environment of Peace 2022, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), Sophia Kalantzakos (NYU/NYUAD), and Mark Swislocki (NYUAD).
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promises green growth in a win-win formula for China and partner states. What is the record so far? Are China and BRI partner states reconfiguring the global context of development? Where do we see green growth, and where are events unfolding otherwise, either for development or sustainability? Does the BRI model of win-win green growth have its own costs, some of which are perhaps still to be discovered?
This panel explores these and related questions, assessing policy directions in and directives from the PRC, sharing insights from case studies across Asia, and helping us figure out which questions we should be asking next. The panelists seek to bring a diverse range of perspectives about the BRI in hopes of articulating the multiple belts, roads, and initiatives, as well as their many implications for sustainability and development.
2021 finds us in the midst of a pandemic and a growing appreciation that the climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our time. Plans to become carbon neutral by mid-century have been announced by major economies making decarbonization urgent. This major transformation requires unprecedented amounts of minerals as inputs and some are considered especially critical. Which ones are they? What makes them critical? Chris Berry President of House Mountain Partners, LLC and Sophia Kalantzakos, Professor at New York University/ NYU Abu Dhabi will be talking about these developments. They will discuss the complex series of challenges and opportunities that are emerging as countries around the world move to decarbonize their economies in line with their Paris commitments.
For decades Dawa Steven Sherpa has borne witness to the transformation of the Himalayas by climate change, tourism, and development. Dawa has also ascended Mt. Everest three times as well as four other 8000m peaks and trekked 1555km, the entire length of the Nepal Himalaya, along the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), in 99 days. Dawa is a well-recognized adventurer, entrepreneur, and environmentalist who has also been running the Eco Everest Expeditions since 2008.
He speaks to Ruth Gamble, an environmental and cultural historian of Tibet and the Himalaya, about his activism and adventures.