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Is the intent of Sustainable Sikkim to cover all forms of sustainability, or is it more focused on adaptation to the climate crisis?

The Sustainable Sikkim efforts do and must include addressing all sustainability issues. These include ongoing consideration of everything from low carbon footprint approaches to waste management, transportation, water systems design, and food production, just to list a few. That said, the main thrust of our group is to help find a sustainable way forward as the Earth continues to grow hotter and the Climate Crisis grows more severe. That necessarily dictates a far longer-range view of all aspects of our planning.

Why did we start the initiative in Gangtok, Sikkim, and not someplace else in India where climate-related issues are already far more present?

Our intent with Sustainable Sikkim was not to find solutions to all problems everywhere, but instead to focus on a region where the climate crisis is not yet so acute. By doing so it provides the opportunity for innovation in all aspects of sustainable living and working, without the complex pressure to address so many problems caused primarily by years of neglect.

The state of Sikkim is also world-renowned for embracing sustainable principles such as organic farming and freedom from pollution. This allows us to begin in place where government, industry and the citizens are in close alignment with our own values, rather than having to work on transforming the values in the first place.

How does the organization carry out its mission?

We conduct our work on multiple fronts simultaneously. These include:

Ongoing study of how the climate crisis is evolving, and how global heating is affecting every aspect of our daily lives. This includes both a global view as well as a local perspective on how the issues are affecting every aspect of life in Gangtok and Sikkim.

Research and innovation into new approaches for renewable energy production, underground home and office construction, advanced water management systems such as greywater recycling, waste management, transportation techniques for the future, sustainable means of manufacturing, indoor vertical and aquaponic-based food production, and zero-carbon-footprint means of staying cool in the future.

Sharing of research on the climate crisis and new innovations for adaptation ideas via our ongoing Sustainable Sikkim Bulletin publication.

Via books and other materials designed to help educate and inspire solutions for what our future will be.

Through the development of our New Kalapa eco-village of the future. It is be created as a place for experimentation and modeling for how to thrive as carbon dioxide levels continue to increase and global heating accelerates. For more about New Kalapa, please visit

Educational outreach into the community, via public lectures, our regular Sustainable Sikkim Think Tank gatherings, and classroom engagement in the schools.

Regular public appearances at locations such as M.G. Marg to connect in a more informal way with those who are interested in learning more.

Networking with like-minded individuals and organizations within industry, government, schools, and climate activist organizations, both big and small.

How is Sustainable Sikkim funded?

Sustainable Sikkim, a group based in Gangtok, is supported as a major outreach activity of Climate Survival Solutions, Inc., PBC, a Public Benefit Corporation division of Bid Ocean located in the United States. It is our intention in the future to seek additional funding from climate adaptation grants and altruistic investors. We will also generate some revenue from consulting and other services.

How can others get involved with Sustainable Sikkim?

We welcome partnerships of all kinds to help achieve our common goals. Individuals and groups alike are welcome to help with our research and innovation activities, the planning and development of our New Kalapa eco-village, the Sustainable Sikkim Think Tank activities, and papers for publication in our Sustainable Sikkim Bulletin. We are also actively working to build a highly skilled Advisory Board to help guide all our work. Please write at if you would like more information on any of these activities.