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Stories of Climate Action: Framing and Fabricating Futures in Mumbai

in partnership with Penn Global and the South Asia Center

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 01:00
Kleinman Forum 220 S. 34th Street Fisher Fine Arts Library 4th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19104


In this talk, we immerse ourselves in three very different estuarine wetscapes of Mumbai, India to examine how city residents, who have long been marginalized, read the city’s wet terrain, sense changing urban climates, and act amidst climactic uncertainty. By dwelling in the stories of these lesser known, wet worlds, we demonstrate how the climate crisis is already being understood and inhabited in the city. Fishers and indigenous residents sense and navigate both the crises arising from slow environmental decline that permeates the everyday, as well as those of extreme events and spectacular disasters. These modes of habitation both greatly expand and contradict the narrow ways in which the climate crisis is framed in the city’s Climate Action Plan, and demand a substantive reframing of how planners and politicians pursue climate action in the city.


1:00 Welcome

1:15 Remarks from Dilip Da Cunha


Nikhil Anand, Lalitha Kamath + Rohit Mujumdar

Discussant: Amita Baviskar

3:00 Break


Nikhil Anand, Lalitha Kamath + Rohit Mujumdar

Discussant: Keisha Khan Perry

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