Sustainable & Resilient Communities:
Climate, Environment, & Net Zero Targets

Working Group Themes

The Sustainability & Resilient Communities working group aims to bring out the voice of civil societies focusing on the following sub-themes:

Climate Resilience & Social Justice

There is a dire need for an all-inclusive approach to addressing climate change, prioritizing vulnerable populations, including women, migrants, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and youth. The importance of an all-inclusive approach is to understand the interlinkage between social justice and climate resilience.We must address the importance of implementing policies and actions that promote a just and equitable transition based on climate commitments and financing.


Dr. Sudha Arlikatti

Research Head, School for Sustainable Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Team Members

Dr. Rekha P
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Dr. Hemalatha
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Environmental Sustainability

Key aspects of Environmental Sustainability encompass a range of practices and behaviours that are essential for preserving the health and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. These include promoting responsible consumption and production through extended producer and consumer responsibilities. The benefits of environmental sustainability include, safeguarding and restoring ecosystems, preserving endangered species, and sustaining biodiversity, and mitigating the impacts of global warming and climate change. Environmental sustainability can be achieved only with equal participation from all sectors of society.


Dr. Sudesh Kumar Wadhawan

Adjunct Professor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Former Director General, Geological Survey of India

Team Members

Dr. B Soundharajan
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Dr. Viswanathan PK
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Net-zero Emission Management​

The term “net zero” refers to a point in time at which carbon emissions caused by human activity will have reduced to zero globally. The planet’s mission is to achieve net zero by 2050, to stabilize Earth’s climate system at no more than 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels by 2100. This group is working towards this future, to ensure Earth’s temperatures are liveable and the threats of storms, droughts, and heat waves are minimized. Achieving net zero emissions globally requires diverse solutions across various sectors.


Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan

Dean-Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus

Team Members

Dr. Murali Rangarajan
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Dr. Muraleekrishnan
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Dr. Kanakasabapathy
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


Compassion Driven Approaches

Nature and all of its creatures exist based on principles of peace and harmony. But humans have a unique tendency of creating differences through power, religion, caste, race, and wealth, and it is pushing humanity faster towards its extinction. There is an urgent need to put an end to this tendency by instilling a vision of unity, which can only be done by restoring the compassion that we are capable of. We need to bring out the voice of civil societies in Compassion Driven Approaches for Sustainable & Resilient Communities.


Dr. Balakrishnan Sankar

Dean-Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus

Team Members

Dr. Sriram Devanathan
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Mr. Gopal
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


Compassion Driven Chaupal

C20 India 2023 Working Group on Sustainable and Resilient Communities has been spearheading Compassion Driven Chaupals (C-Chaupal) initiatives across rural India. The concept of C-Chaupal was launched to organize inclusive and participatory meetings of all sections of rural communities without discrimination of age, gender, caste, class, and income levels in several communities across India to bring out the voices and concerns of the villagers to the C20 and G20 leadership.


AYUDH – Global Youth Wing

Vidyamritam – Children scholarships
Technology enhanced Learning: AmritaRITE, OLabs, MedSIM, AyurSIM, AVIEW, VLab
Online Education – African batch of fully funded students in Amrita’s BCA degree
AmritaJSS – Skill Development and Adult Literacy
AmritaServe – Education, Skill Development, Learning Technologies
Inclusive Education: Amrita Orphanage, Amrita Institute for Differently Abled, Amrita Speech and Hearing Improvement School (ASHIS), Village Education Centers

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Message from the Chair, C20 India 2023

Our Inspiration

Nature is so out of balance these days,” Amma said. “We see very clearly how the climate is changing. In the non-rainy season, it often rains very heavily. The summers are getting hotter and longer. In some places where it has never snowed before, suddenly snow is falling. Crops are failing. Trees do not bear fruit. We need to proceed carefully with the awareness that each of us has a responsibility to protect Mother Nature. From planting trees and recycling to carpooling to not using wasteful plastic—each of us must do our part and pray for God’s grace. These days it seems everyone is aware of their rights, but no one is aware of their responsibilities.”
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi ❤️

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