Lead India launches 'Climate Change Leaders' programme

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New Delhi, Nov 17 (UNI) LEAD India, a non-governmental organisation that works towards creating leadership in Environment and Development, today launched a 'Climate Change Leaders Programme' with the support of the British High Commission.

Lack of leadership at the regional and local level is largely responsible for the fact that regional and community level climate change concerns generally do not get reflected into national thinking and policies, the British High Commission said here.

The programme, being piloted in North India and North-East India, aims to create a network of 60 young climate leaders who are driven by a common goal to combat climate change and foster sustainable development.

Individuals drawn from all key stakeholders- academia, government, business, media and wider civil society have been selected on the basis of their past engagement with climate change related issues in their respective regions.

The initiative was formally launched at a three-day training programme for the climate leaders from the North-East at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. A similar programme for participants from North India will be launched next month at the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand.

British High Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg said, ''Climate change is a challenge which threatens economic development and prosperity and which calls for a global response. But the genesis of this global response must be rooted in the local context.'' "I hope this new programme will take us a step forward by helping create similar figures who can lead the battle against climate change," he said Nitin Desai, President, Lead India said, "Action on climate change has to take place at global, national and local levels. We need leadership at all levels to energise community processes with communication, deliberation and action.

LEAD-Leadership for Environment and Development- is an international non-profit organisation with a fast growing network of 1800 leaders in more than 90 countries.

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