Talk by Shweta Narayan

When:
March 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2017-03-11T16:00:00-05:00
2017-03-11T18:00:00-05:00
Where:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge
MA 02139
Contact:
AID Boston
(732) 423-6662

Original Facebook event here

AID Boston & MIT Chapters are proud to present a talk by Shweta Narayan on March 11th at 4 PM at MIT Building 4 Room 231.

Over the past two years, over 385 development projects have received environmental clearances in major sectors across India – mining (coal and non-coal), thermal power plant, hydropower, iron, steel and cement. While the average number of such projects has remained steady over the past decade, the quality of air, water and soil in and around India’s cities has deteriorated over the recent years e.g., the suspended particulate matter across most cities exceeds WHO prescribed limits. Importantly, areas surrounding industrial complexes, mines and thermal power plants experience acutely high levels of pollution, gravely affecting the health and well-being of communities living in the proximity. The threat of environmental degradation is poised to become worse with the increased effects of climate change contributing to environmental disasters seen across the country.

Shweta Narayan is a researcher and an environmental justice activist based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She coordinates the Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM) program, and has been a volunteer for the campaign for justice for the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy since 2002. Shweta has a long history campaigning for a cleaner Cuddalore and on environmental right in Tamil Nadu. At CEM, she provides technical and legal advice to pollution-impacted communities. As a Right to Information activist, she has unearthed and used information regarding violations of industries to hold regulatory agencies and industries accountable, and to assist communities in their quest for a pollution-free environment. CEM’s ambient-air sampling exercise led the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes in India to direct the Central Pollution Control Board to evolve national standards for toxic volatile organic compounds in ambient air. Shweta and team have championed the fight for justice, along with the ex-workers of the Hindustan Unilever Mercury thermometer plant in Kodaikanal, recently being successful in securing the their demands. Shweta holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from TISS, with specialization in criminology and correctional administration. Several chapters of AID have been supporting CEM and Shweta’s work since 2004 (including Bay area, Portland, Boston, Boise, Columbus and Seattle).

Read more about Shweta’a work online:

‘Carcinogens in Ennore 2 times prescribed levels’: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31807&articlexml=Carcinogens-in-Ennore-2-times-prescribed-levels-12042016003031

‘Environmental Activist Shweta Narayan Highlights Mercury Poisoning In Kodaikanal, India’: http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/article.php?article_id=8885

‘Ranipet tanneries tragedy: lack of pollution control in Tamil Nadu’: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/ranipet-tanneries-tragedy-lack-of-pollution-control-in-tamil-nadu/article6848725.ece

‘Global Greengrants adds advisors in India and Pacific Islands’: https://www.greengrants.org/2015/09/25/global-greengrants-adds-advisors-in-india-and-pacific-islands/

Entry is free.