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NEW DELHI :

It was after the 2007 conference of parties (COP) meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali that a coalition of “eco-conscious" people got together to form the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN).

The 2007 COP had had no representation of youth from India and the IYCN, formed a year later, hoped to change that. The network, which has active chapters in Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Shillong and Ahmedabad, is working to create awareness on renewable energy, water and waste management, and climate change. It holds an annual national youth summit on climate change.

The network set-up isn’t hierarchical. Members take turns to lead it every three years. Currently, Kabir Arora in Bengaluru, Supriya Singh in Delhi and N.S. Prasad in Hyderabad are the first among equals.

Its most popular initiative so far seems to have been a road tour in 2009, ahead of the climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, that year. In daily 200km drives over a month, IYCN members covered the distance from Chennai to Delhi in battery-operated cars, documenting local solutions ranging from organic farming in Andhra Pradesh to the way solar power was being harnessed in Gujarat.

For the COP21, to be held in Paris, France, next month, the IYCN is training a delegation of six. It will include two waste-pickers—solid waste management is a focus area for India.

For details, email supriya@iycn.in or kabir@iycn.in.

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