The session will start from June 5 and will continue till June 13 Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: The Balipara Foundation is launching the first of its Naturenomics Dialogues, a digital offshoot of the annual Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum hosted every year, from June 5 and will continue till June 13.

Streaming live on Facebook and Zoom, the Balipara Foundation has partnered with BookMyShow to air critical debates on ‘Ushering in the Ecological Revolution’ in India’s Eastern Himalayas. The series brings together over 30 speakers across seven different sessions to discuss how the COVID-19 crisis offers an unprecedented opportunity to rewrite the rulebook on growth, human development, and quality of life while keeping ecology in the centre.

The first session on June 5 at 5 pm will see Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta in conversation with Dr Vandana Shiva, Navdanya; Shyam Saran, Center for Policy Research; Dasho Paljor Dorji, Govt. of Bhutan and Ranjit Barthakur, Balipara Foundation on how the Northeast can transition to a green, circular economy by building rural resilience and redefining growth, with audience Q&A. They will be followed by a session at 7.30 pm, which will explore the role of big business in facilitating this transition.

The series brings together over 30 speakers across seven different sessions

Other notable session speakers include Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Dr Ashok Khosla, and S Ramadorai from the Club of Rome’s India chapter, the Earth Day Network’s India director Karuna Singh, ATREE founder Dr Kamal Bawa and former Hindustan Unilever Director of supply chains, Pradeep Banerjee.

Together, they will explore how rethinking our ways of using natural capital can help us kickstart a revolution to put ecology back in the economy. “Our future depends on resilient relationships between people and nature,” said Ranjit Barthakur, founder of the Balipara Foundation. “Our goal is to create a new paradigm to achieve this.” The series is part of a larger initiative to pivot the Balipara Foundation’s flagship program of international dialogues and forums, the Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM Forum, held annually in Guwahati, to meet the challenges of the “new normal” through digitization.

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