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Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. 

The goal: To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.

The ongoing health and economic crises are reminding us of an important fact: We’re all part of the same fragile system, dependent on nature and one another.

As we look to the future, we must build forward and emerge more sustainable and resilient than before.

We can change climate change – 

#JoinTheCountdown to a safer, cleaner, fairer future. Countdown invites collaboration from every organization, company, city and nation and from citizens everywhere. It is a movement open to everyone – and everyone has a vital role to play.



Countdown seeks to answer five fundamental, interconnected questions that help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future. We are bringing together scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, government officials, and others to find the most effective, evidence-based ideas out there. Our goal is to identify the bold solutions that can be activated when people break out of their silos and rise to the challenge.


How rapidly can we switch to 100% clean power?


How can we upgrade the way we transport?


How do we better protect and re-green the earth?


How can we re-imagine & re-make the stuff?


How can we spark a global shift to healthier food systems?


Bishow Parajuli

Representative and Country Director, United Nations World Food Programme

Mr. Bishow Parajuli, Nepali, took office as United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director to India in September 2019.

Mr. Parajuli brings 35 years of distinguished experiences in development, humanitarian affairs, diplomacy, fund raising, and management in over 10 countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa and WFP headquarters in Rome.

Varun Deshpande

Managing Director, Good Food Institute India

As Managing Director for India, my work is driven by the crucial long-term question: how can we feed 10 billion people by 2050 - a sixth of whom will be Indian - through systems that do not negatively impact climate, biodiversity, and scarce natural resources? GFI’s team is laser-focused on using markets and food innovation, to build a more healthy, humane, sustainable food system - by helping us transition away from industrial animal agriculture, and toward plant-based and cultivated meat alternatives.

Tejas Sidnal

Founder, Carbon Craft Design

Tejas is an Architect - Researcher from Mumbai. Having a strong inclination towards Biomimicry he has been researching over this field from the past 9 years. His passion lies in exploring sustainable innovative strategies for designing. Breathe is an international visiting school which he directs and runs at the intersection of Biomimicry - Material Science - Design. He has completed his masters from AA School of Architecture, London as a Tata Scholar and has now set up a platform for research - Carbon Craft Design, in Mumbai to experiment challenging work at the intersection of Tech - Craft - Design.

Prashant Kapoor

Chief Industry Specialist - Green Buildings and Cities, IFC- World Bank Group

A champion of sustainable built environments, Prashant Kapoor, is a passionate advocate for sustainable solutions that align the interests of businesses, financial institutions, governments and civil society. He is the entrepreneur who created EDGE- A software application, certification system and an investment approach to mainstream resource-efficient building growth in emerging markets.

Pavan Sukhdev

Founder, GIST Impact

Pavan Sukhdev is a sustainability thought leader, an experienced innovator in practice, and an influential voice amongst corporate leaders, institutional investors and national policy makers concerned about sustainability. A physicist by education, a banker by training, and an environmental economist by passion, Pavan delivered TEEB’s Interim Report (2008) for UNEP whilst still working full time as a Managing Director of Global Markets Division at Deutsche Bank. Later, on secondment to UNEP, he led the path-breaking study TEEB (‘The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity’) as well as UNEP’s landmark report ‘Towards a Green Economy’. He was Special Adviser for its recent study on the full cost of food systems, “TEEB for Agriculture and Food”. He now supports TEEB as an Advisory Board member.