Australia-India Council (AIC)

AIC Environment Speakers Tour

2012 – Dr Don BlackmoreAM, Chair-eWater CRC & Chair-Water for a Healthy Country

Dr Blackmore visited India to engage with the Indian water industry, academics and NGOs about water management with particular focus on the long term management of the Ganges river system.The visit included many interactions with government agencies, NGOs, the university sector and private industry. In addition to one-on-one discussions there were nine (9) presentations made including a presentation at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.

2011 – Professor Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, Perth (6 – 14 January)

Professor Peter Newman established links with tertiary institutions, government officials and NGO and civil society groups interested in urban transport issues and sustainability. He delivered lectures on Sustainable Transport for Resilient Cities and promoted Australian expertise in transport sustainability and urban mobility to key stakeholders in India.

2010 – Dr John Seed, Founding Director of the Rainforest Information Centre (December – January)

Dr John Seed presented at universities and environmental NGOs across India on the topics Deep Ecology and the Conservation of Nature and How the Australian Rainforests were saved - the Influence of Gandhi. Dr Seed has worked for 30 years for the protection of rainforests worldwide for which he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1995.

2009 – Dr Tim Flannery: Internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist and Chairman, Copenhagen Climate Council (26 Jan – 5 Feb 09)

Dr Tim Flannery presented on Climate change and other environmental issues on the topic We are the Weather Makers: the story of Global Warming to a wide range of forums, including IIT TechFest and TATA Power in Mumbai; a public lecture at the World Institute of Sustainable Energy in Pune; delivering the Vikram Sarabhai Memorial lecture and launching the Management Education Centre on Climate Change at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. In New Delhi, his engagements included speaking at the TERI YUVA Meet and the Energy and Climate Summit – 2009. He also addressed senior school students throughout his tour. Following his India tour, Dr Flannery has continued to engage with Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad.