11 Communicators from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Selected for EJN-SJAI’s Workshop on Renewable Energy in New Delhi, India 

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11 Communicators from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Selected for EJN-SJAI’s Workshop on Renewable Energy in New Delhi, India 

India has committed to achieve 50% of its cumulative installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030 by generating 450 GW through such sources. Currently, the renewable capacity is at 132 MW.

All states, especially large ones, must step up if India is to reach its goal. In a study conducted by Ember, an independent energy think tank, researchers claimed that Bihar had met only 14% and Uttar Pradesh 32% of its renewable targets that were supposed to have been achieved by December 2022. These are among India’s largest states, in terms of population size.

Active public cooperation is a must for the transition to clean energy and it is vital to communicate this to everyone. To help this process, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and Science Journalists Association of India (SJAI) are jointly organizing a workshop for communicators from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, to equip them with the skills they need, and to facilitate interaction with industry experts. The workshop will be held from November 24-27. Some of India’s leading researchers in areas like green hydrogen and energy storage have been invited by SJAI to speak at the workshop.

The 11 communicators selected to attend the workshop are:

  • Subhash Pathak, Hindustan Times
  • Sabita Kumari, Dainik Bhaskar
  • Saurabh Sharma, 101 Reporters
  • Arvind Shukla, 101 Reporters
  • Seetu Tewari, Independent Journalist
  • Aishwarya Tripathi, 101 Reporters
  • Neha Gupta, India Voice
  • Shashi Mishra, Nav Bharat Times
  • Vishal Shukla, Youth ki Awaaz
  • Amrita Kumari, ABP News
  • Tanzil Asif, Main Media

"These two large states are vital to India’s energy transition. There is a lot of work going on in Uttar Pradesh in this direction. Bihar is witnessing an interesting phenomenon—the mushrooming of village- or neighborhood-level independent energy grids based on solar power or agricultural waste," said EJN’s India Project Manager, Joydeep Gupta. "These initiatives will move forward if people know about them. Improving the understanding of communicators is therefore vital, and that is what we plan to do in this workshop."

Banner image: Water pumped using a solar-powered irrigation system is used for pisciculture in Bihar / Credit: Ayush Manik for CGIAR Climate via Flickr.

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