Event Information

Colloquium on Environmentalism Without Romance: The Terracotta Approach

Event Date: 31 Oct 2021; Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST
Venue: Zorba The Buddha, New Delhi (All COVID-19 protocols will be followed at the Venue)

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an Environmentalism Without Romance: The Terracotta Approach in New Delhion 31st of October, 2021

Is there a trade-off between economic growth and the environment? Can communities conserve the environment better than the government? How do markets and the environment interact?

The Colloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism seeks to explore the role of private players, local communities, incentives and property rights in protecting the natural environment and wildlife. The Colloquium will provide a platform to read, reflect, and reason out a community-centric approach to environmental issues that focuses on people as the centre for action on the environment.

What is an eColloquium?

A CCS Colloquium is an in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The Colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The Colloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.

Unlike a conventional conference, where one lectures and the audience listens, participants at the Colloquium explore a specific theme together by discussing a common Reader (curated collection of readings), that they read before the program. Their shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate her/his own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is not to convey doctrine or to drive home certain preconceived conclusions but to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.

The discussions at the Colloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.

How does it Work?

CCS will select 15 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.

The Colloquium reader (soft-copy) will be shared with the participants two weeks prior to the date of the Colloquium. The reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.


Venue: Zorba The Buddha, New Delhi (All COVID-19 protocols will be followed at the Venue)
Date: 31st October, 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 12th October, 2021
Fee: INR 2000/- (10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online. It is inclusive of the Welcome Kit, Lunch, and Tea)


Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible!
We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the Colloquium.

Apply Here!