The Parampara catalogue was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, at the India Pavilion of Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris on November 30, 2015. Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar and Hon’ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal were present on the occasion.
The Parampara catalogue, developed by CEE, is a collection of a range of climate friendly traditions and practices from across the country, which promote more sustainable lifestyles, sustainable production and consumption. The catalogue groups these practices of India under the themes of solar and wind energy, agriculture, biodiversity, food, health, shelter, textiles and clothing as well as water. These living traditions are an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of India. These traditions have been selected based on their relevance to climate change, their perceived usefulness in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and relatability to energy and water conservation, recycling and environment friendly lifestyles.
The Parampara Catalogue has been compiled for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India by the Centre Environment Education (CEE), a centre of Excellence of the Ministry. The examples provided in the catalogue have been drawn from tribal, folk, rural and urban communities across the country. Eminent people from diverse fields have added an element of reflection, by sharing their views on the value and implications of these practices in the context of the growing challenges posed by climate change. Extracts from ancient scriptures and contemporary sources provide a sense of the timeless relevance of the sustainability perspectives embedded in the themes and practices documented in this catalogue.