Sunita Narain is the mother of Indian environmental science. Sunita Narain is a prominent proponent of the Green idea of sustainable development and an Indian environmentalist and political activist.
Narain is the director-general of the Centre for Science and Environment research institute in India, the head of the Society for Environmental Communications, and the editor of the biweekly publication Down To Earth.
In 2016, Time Magazine included Narain on their 100 Most Influential People list.
Narain started working with the Centre for Science and Environment in 1982 while completing her studies at the University of Delhi. She worked alongside the organization’s founder, Anil Agarwal. In 1985, she founded the State of India’s Environment report and studied forest management concerns.
For this study, she traversed the nation to investigate how communities manage natural resources. Narain and Anil Agarwal published “Towards Green Villages” in 1989 on local democracy and sustainable development.
During her time at the center, she has examined the link between the environmental issues and worked to raise public awareness of the necessity of sustainable development.
In 2012, she authored the 7th State of India’s Environment Reports, titled Excreta Matters, which analyzed metropolitan India’s water supply and pollution.
Over the years, Narain has also created the necessary managerial and financial support systems for the center, with over one hundred employees and an active program profile.
She became interested in global environmental concerns in the early 1990s and continues to work on them as a researcher and advocate.
Her research areas range from global democracy, emphasizing changing climate, to a need for democratic representation. She has worked on forest-related resource planning and water-related concerns.
Nationally and globally, Narain is an active member of civic society.
She is in charge of the center’s operation and is actively involved in a variety of research initiatives and public campaigns.
Under her direction, the Centre for Science and Environment uncovered the excessive levels of pesticides found in popular American soft drink brands such as Coke and Pepsi.
Narain serves on the boards of several organizations and government bodies, and she has spoken at numerous events throughout the globe on matters about her passion and experience.
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