Indo-German Civil Society Dialogue on Sustainable Lifestyles

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Project Brief

The project on ‘Indo-German Civil Society Dialogue on Sustainable Lifestyles’ focuses on the fact that technical solutions are not sufficient for a decarbonised economy and society in the long run and thus lifestyles need to be tuned to sustainable living – in particular regarding the five big challenges of transportation, electricity, space heating and cooling, consumption and food.

The project works toward improving the implementation chances of prioritised issues for sustainable lifestyles and sustainable living in locally adjusted forms and to formulate recommendations for political decision makers on frameworks for modern sustainable lifestyles of the global middle class in bilateral exchange with civil society representatives from Germany and India for sustainable living and conclude on ways to foster these by political frameworks. The methodology includes converging the understanding of civil societies through dialogues and discuss and publish the debates of different forms of sustainable lifestyles. The dialogues would seek to enrich the civil society discussions and inform decision makers in both countries with political recommendations, also in regard to the UNFCCC process and the implementation of SDG12.

Project Partners

Knowledge Products

Sustainable Lifestyles in Germany and India

The role sustainable lifestyles can play in achieving a paradigm shift towards sustainability is acknowledged in both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement of 2015. They are essential complements to technology and policy solutions, which alone cannot bring the necessary changes.

Sustainable lifestyles are emerging in entirely different socio-economic and cultural circumstances in India and Germany. Urban middle classes in both countries are exploring very different practices. As the Indian ecological footprint is way smaller than the German, many of the suggestions for sustainable practices for India include sticking to good or making smarter choices – while in Germany, real big changes will be needed for alternative lifestyles and greener and healthier lives.

As sustainable lifestyles are no fast-selling item yet, the full breadth of drivers for more sustainable lifestyles needs to be mobilised: e. g. information and communication, citizen empowerment, eco design and social standards, innovation as well as policy, regulations and other supportive interventions.

This paper contains first findings from a joint project on sustainable lifestyles conducted by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) India. It is a living document that will be revised in the course of the project. The authors welcome comments and suggestions in order to further improve the paper.

Download the full report here.

Activity Briefs

Sustainable Lifestyles Workshop

CANSA in partnership with Germanwatch hosted a day long workshop on ‘Sustainable Lifestyles’ on 23rd March 2018 at Conference of Vasudha Foundation in Delhi. The event was an opportunity to present the draft background paper, which the team drafted as ‘living document’ that gained knowledge from various best practices.

Read the full activity brief here.


Project Focal Point

Rushati Das – Programme Officer