Sunita Narain

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management

at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Sunita Narain


Centre for Science and Environment,

Society for Environmental Communications


Thursday Feb. 22, 2007

7-8:30 p.m.

Corwin Pavilion, University Center, UCSB


“Eight Percent Growth with Sustainability:

How Is it Possible?”


In recent years, Sunita Narain has emerged as the most important voice from India concerning global warming, water harvesting, air quality, and toxic contamination of consumer products.

Narain’s research interests are wide-ranging, from global democracy with a special focus on climate change, to the need for local democracy. Within those contexts, she has addressed issues relating both to water and forest resource management. She began her career by writing and researching for the State of India’s Environment reports and then went on to study forest management. Out of her travels for that project came a co-authored publication Towards Green Villages, which asserted that local participatory democracy is the key to sustainable development. She became involved with global environmental issues in the early 1990s and continues to work as researcher and advocate in that area.

Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment since 1982 and currently serves as its director, as director of the Society for Environmental Communications, and as publisher of the fortnightly magazine Down To Earth.

In 1991, Narain co-authored the publication Global Warming in an Unequal World: A case of environmental colonialism and in 1992 Towards a Green World: Should environmental management be built on legal conventions or human rights? In 2000, she co-edited the publication Green Politics: Global Environmental Negotiations, which looks at the emerging ecological globalization framework and puts forward an agenda for the South on global negotiations.

In 1997, pushing the concern for water harvesting, she co-edited the book Dying Wisdom: Rise, fall and potential of India’s water harvesting systems. Since then, she has worked on a number of articles on the policy interventions needed for eco-regeneration of India’s rural environment and poverty reduction. In 1999, she co-edited the State of India’s Environment, The Citizens’ Fifth Report and in 2001, Making Water Everybody’s Business: the practice and policy of water harvesting.

Hosted by Dean Ernst von Weizsäcker

To receive regular announcements about Bren School news and events, sign up for the "Bren Alerts" mailing list at

To see a complete list of currently scheduled Bren events, visit

For more information or for assistance in accommodating a disability, please contact