How is global warming affecting India?

Insights from Maharashtra's environment minister Aaditya Thackeray

Looking out toward the Arabian Sea from Mumbai, which the IPCC expects will experience sea-level rise by up to .3 meters in coming decades. Raj Rana, Unsplash
21 January 2022
21 January 2022

At the age of 31, Aaditya Thackeray serves as the environment minister for the Indian state of Maharashtra, passionately tackling climate change both in his jurisdiction – which holds India’s largest city, Mumbai – and at the global scale. His job isn’t an easy one, as the subcontinent is anticipated to be among the countries that will suffer from global warming most.

Here, in an interview conducted alongside COP26 in Glasgow, he shares his eye-witness accounts of climate change’s effects on his home territory, India’s pledge to be net-zero by 2070 and the role of youth in politics.

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