JLF 2022 to discuss climate change and environment

The speakers will cover different angles of the issue

JLF 2022 to discuss climate change and environment
Amitabh Kant, the chief executive officer of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

JLF 2022, scheduled from 5 – 14 March, will bring a brilliant line-up of sessions on climate change and the environment. As climate change continues to be the center of multiple debates and policies, the festival will host an array of diverse speakers covering different angles of the issue.  

The rich program of JLF 2022 will feature, among others, a session with Bruno Maçães, decorated author, International commentator, and advisor to some of the world’s leading companies on geopolitics and technology, who will be exploring the study of an emerging world order that is competitive and driven by the need to adapt and survive in increasingly hostile natural environments. In conversation with former diplomat and author Navtej Sarna, Maçães will discuss the book Geopolitics for the end time – From the pandemic to the climate crisis.  

Clean energy is often considered an investment into the future. This investment must be understood, with the focus being shifted on clean and renewable energy sources to a new direction in environmentalism. Rahul Munjal, the chairman and managing director at Hero Future Energies, one of India’s leading independent power producers, is committed to positive environmental impact by increasing the share of renewables.

Joining him will be Amitabh Kant, the chief executive officer of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and a key driver of initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Incredible India, and God’s Own Country and academician Siddharth Singh, author of The Great Smog of India. Munjal and Kant will discuss the future of clean energy and climate action. The panel can be caught in conversation by Srivatsan Iyer

Simon Mundy, Financial Times journalist and author of Race for Tomorrow – Survival, Innovation and Profit on the front lines of the climate crisis, will speak on what impact a single person can have in the face of the global climate crisis. His talk will feature stories of inspiring individuals from every region of the world and consider the role that each of us can play. 

JLF 2022 will also trace the struggle for climate justice

The earth has witnessed five major mass extinction events over the last 500 million years – responsible for the erasure of nearly three-quarters of its species each time. Life on earth has witnessed cataclysmic upheaval and existential threat in the planet’s long geological history, forced to recover, realign and build anew.

The Urgency of Borrowed Time series will feature Pranay Lal, a natural history writer, biochemist, and public health advocate who is also the author of the celebrated book Indica – A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent and Invisible Empire – The Natural History of Viruses. The session will explore the fate of dinosaurs and species sealed by extinction events and humankind’s role in the surging climate crisis. 

The urgency of Borrowed Time will also bring Lakshmi Puri, former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and former deputy executive director of UN Women, who has worked extensively in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, negotiations, and as an advocate for human rights and humanitarian action, sustainable development, climate change, gender equality, peace, and security.

She will be joined by Shombi Sharp, United Nations resident coordinator in India and expert in sustainable development, working towards the country’s Covid-19 response, plans in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Norwegian Ambassador to India, closely involved with the focus on clean and renewable energy. In conversation with Navdeep Suri, the three experts will discuss the importance of multilateralism in structural climate action.  

In a session tracing the trajectory of climate change and the struggle for climate justice, Simon Mundy will present an extraordinary story of the people at the front lines of the climate crisis and how the struggle to respond is reshaping the modern world. Politician, economist, historian, and writer Jairam Ramesh’s Green Signals – Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India presents a fascinating debate between economic growth and ecological security and highlights the importance of the environment in a nation’s visions for the future.

Mridula Ramesh is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Climate Solution – India’s Climate Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It. In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Gettleman, the experts at JLF 2022 will discuss the climate crisis, the global economy, and the people at the center of it.


2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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