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Additional comments from the Judges:
The idea of individual action is useful but not new. The main challenge here is that behavioral change is not easy at all - and the 20-40% reductions individual emissions is not a trivial target at all. Furthermore, behavioral change requires other supporting activities. For example, if one chooses to not drive a car, transportation alternatives are needed. If one wants to reduce energy consumption at home, more efficient appliances have to be available.
Thus the proposed plan that through advertising, conferences, and training seminars, one may be able to mitigate 650 million metric tons of carbon emissions is quite unrealistic. I wish it was possible but it really is not.
The proposal primarily adopts an integrated approach to motivate and mobilize the citizens of India to take effective actions against climate change. Public awareness and individual level actions can make a significant difference to reducing carbon emissions. The issue being addressed through this proposal is of vital importance i.e. the need to create a proper platform/channel for public awareness and sensitization on climate change. It aims to successfully bring together the initiatives being undertaken at the individual or small group level to further facilitate the outreach and replication of such ideas nation-wide. Further, the proposal involves multiple stakeholders (students, common citizens, experts, academic organizations, government organizations, municipalities, etc) as well as various channels for outreach (print media, electronic/digital media, social media, etc). Overall the proposal seems promising. An initial pilot level activity is suggested to be undertaken in 2 cities.
However, the awareness generation activities proposed are already being done by several organisations. There needs to be more clarity on how the Climate Action Team (CAT) will work towards convergence, scaling up and successful replication of these actions for a broader target group. It would be good to examine the institutional networking that could be established with other ongoing programs, such as national green corps/eco clubs/ etc to see potential synergies. The novelty of this programme as compared to existing initiatives will be based on how the issue of scale up and replicability is addressed, thus mobilizing enhanced individual level actions.
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