19 Communicators Selected for EJN’s Workshop on Renewable Energy in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, India 

solar panel in a field
19 Communicators Selected for EJN’s Workshop on Renewable Energy in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, India 

As a part of its commitment to decarbonize the economy and mitigate climate change, India has pledged to generate 450 gigawatts (GW) through renewable energy by 2030.  

Maharashtra is the Indian state with the highest energy requirement, demanding 13.91% of the country's total installed electricity generation capacity. As the second most populous state with several urbanized and industrialized hubs, including the city of Mumbai, its energy demand is predicted to grow over the next few decades.  

To transition away from fossil fuels, in 2020, the state government launched the Unconventional Energy Generation Policy to incentivize the installation and distribution of non-conventional energy, prioritizing solar and wind energy facilities. 

At a time like this, civil society involvement—which can include holding policymakers accountable while also demanding that the transition is just and equitable – is the need of the hour. To strengthen awareness and engagement around this topic, Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is hosting a workshop from October 5-7, 2023, for communicators in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (formerly Aurangabad), Maharashtra.  

The upcoming workshop will train communicators on various aspects of the energy transition. The selected participants will meet renewable energy entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers, and go on a field visit to a renewable energy facility. They will also have the opportunity to try their hand at mobile journalism, using their hand-held devices to develop engaging multimedia stories. 

The 19 communicators selected to attend the workshop are:    

  • Abhijeet Gurjar, 101 Reporters 
  • Arti Kulkarni, independent journalist  
  • Gayatri Vajpeyee, independent journalist 
  • Kalpana Pathak, The Economic Times 
  • Kartik Chandramouli, Mongabay India 
  • Mahesh Joshi, Dainik Bhaskar 
  • Pooja Nayak, Sakal Media Group 
  • Prutha Veer, Maharashtra Times 
  • Ram Shingare, Daily Lokmat 
  • Sachin Mohan Chobhe, Krushirang 
  • Sanket Kulkarni, All India Radio (AIR) 
  • Santosh Mundhe, Agrowon 
  • Sherine Raj, Citizen Matters 
  • Shoma Abhyankar, independent journalist 
  • Shrikrishna Kulkarni, Mahanagar 
  • Snehal Sawant, Hindustan Times 
  • Sushen Jadhav, Sakal Media Group 
  • Varsha Torgalkar, Money Control 
  • Vidya Gawande, Dainik Divya 

Some students of mass communication have also been invited to attend. 

“Maharashtra is one of the leading states in the field of renewable energy generation and use. Now the question is, where does it go from here? Enterprise-scale RE projects are facing land scarcity. Rooftop solar is not really taking off at the domestic level for a variety of reasons,” said Joydeep Gupta, EJN India Manager. “What role can communicators play in a just transition to clean energy? That is what we will discuss at the workshop.” 

Banner image: A solar panel in Jawahar, Maharashtra / Credit: Jacquelyn Turner for CCAFS via Flickr

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