Ushering in the Ecological Revolution

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has exposed the damage ecological degradation will wreak in the future – not just future virulent pandemics (WEF 2019), but droughts (Pearce, 2018), water & food insecurity (FAO, 2019) and the increasing desertification of once fertile soil (CSE, 2017). What once used to be a once in a lifetime disaster is looking to soon become a once-a-year event. We are also facing, at this time, the temptation to return to business as usual by pumping investments into the carbon economy and removing environmental protections in the name of economic growth. The overconsumption and runaway exploitation of our natural resources have spurred the global collapse we face today. But rethinking how we use natural capital, can help us kickstart a revolution to the economy back in ecology – the Naturenomics™ vision. The COVID crisis offers an unprecedented opportunity to rewrite the rulebook on growth, human development and quality of life. We need a new paradigm for resilient and sustainable relationships between people and nature – for our future.

India and the Eastern Himalayas, with their vast reserves of natural wealth, are perfectly poised to lead this movement to put nature back in economics (Naturenomics™) – if they can seize this opportunity. This series brings together experts and thought leaders from business, conservation, the civil service and academia to explore how India and the Eastern Himalayas can make the most of this opportunity through dialogues on:
1. Transforming Business & Policy
2. Rural Resilience
3. Redefining Growth
4. Women’s Voices
5. Restoring & Managing Habitats

The series is part of the Balipara Foundation’s broader program of international dialogues and forums, the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, which aims to bring together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to debate pressing issues and opportunities for action in ecology, economy, and community-centered conservation.