In 2016, the internationally renowned Time magazine included Narayan among the hundred leading influential personalities of the world. Born on 23 August 1961 in Delhi to Usha and Raj Narayan, Sunita is the eldest of four sisters. His father was a freedom fighter and after the partition of India in 1947, he started exporting handicraft products. Sunita was only eight years old when her father died.
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After his father left, his mother took care of business and raised her four daughters. She credits all her success to her mother, who had given her the courage to travel fearlessly to distant places and take her own decisions. He started working in the field of environment while studying undergraduate degree in correspondence from 1980 to 1983 at Delhi University. She says that incidentally she met many people who had similar thoughts and interests and thus aroused a tremendous attraction in them regarding environmental issues.
Sunita says that when women started the Chipko movement to save the forests in the Himalayan region in the 1970s, they felt that they had to go only in the field of environmental protection. She says that in those days environment was not taught as a subject in a college in India. In 1980, he suddenly met Karthikeyan Sarabhai, son of renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai, who was then the director of Vikram Sarabhai Institute for Development and Research in Ahmedabad.
He offered Sunita to work as a research assistant in the institute and after that Sunita did not look back. She was associated with the ‘Center for Science and Environment’ in India since 1982. It may come as a surprise that Sunita has not duly earned any education or degree in the field she has been working in for decades, but many prestigious universities of the world have awarded her honorary degrees in the field of environment and climate protection. Huh.
Sunita Narayan is a strong advocate of green development and renewable development and underscores the important role of women in environmental protection. Currently, Sunita, who holds the responsibility of the post of Director General of the Center for Science and Environment (CSE), strongly believes that women, children and the poor suffer the most from the impurity, nature and plight of the environment.
They also believe that women can take up the responsibility of spreading awareness to protect the environment more successfully. Sunita Narayan was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Government of India in 2005 for her efforts towards environmental protection. The same year he was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize and the Media Foundation Chameli Devi Award in 2004. Reacting to the Edenburgh Award, Sunita Narayan told PTI-Bhasha, “As far as climate change is concerned, it has become a big issue for the world today. This danger is very big in the coming time.
He said, “The Edenberg Award recognizes that the voice we have raised on behalf of developing countries is correct.” This has raised the question on the international stage that what is the right of poor, developing countries in environmental protection and climate change? What do they affect? Therefore, this award is a matter of pride for us. This has again brought the international community’s attention to these issues.
In the early 1990s, he started doing extensive research on many global environmental issues. Since 1985, she was involved in the work of making society aware of this dreadful problem by writing articles on environment in many newspapers and magazines. While spending holidays in Delhi in 1982, Sunita met Anil Agarwal, a noted and committed environmentalist who gave environmental issues a direction in India.
At that time, Anil Aggarwal was working towards establishing CSE. She started working with Agarwal as an assistant researcher and thus joined CSE, of which she is now the Director General. He also worked with Agarwal on the State of India’s Environment Reports.
Sunita says that she gives credit to Anil Agarwal for what she is today, who inspired her to move in this direction. Narayan says about his mentor and mentor Anil Agarwal that there is a core group of 4-5 people in CSE today who is very much influenced by Agarwal’s values and vision.
He said, “He (Agarwal) never complained, instead he used to present a solution.” In 2016, Narayan was appointed as a member of the Scientific Board of the French Development Agency (AFD). Apart from this, she is also holding the responsibility of important posts in many national and international institutions and organizations, along with the Government of India institutions on environment and social development.
Narayan has also appeared alongside Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the documentary ‘Before the Flood’. In this documentary, he has talked about the impact of climate change on the monsoon in India and the farmers affected as a result.
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