In conversation with famous environmentalist Peepal Baba, Vice Chancellor of the TERI School of Advanced Studies Leena Srivastava, and a budding entrepreneur Bhavuk Garg who is adding the 4th R of replacement with newspaper pencils. How can we save the environment?
A 24-year-old entrepreneur Bhavuk Garg is saving our planet with his brains
Closing our eyes from the reality isn't going to change the truth. In fact, it is going to make things worse just like the current situation of our environment. While global warming is rising at a fast pace, trees are being cut paving way for industries, adding more pollutants to the atmosphere.
The government blames the people and the people blame the government, making it a vicious cycle. Then, who is responsible for the current situation of environment in Delhi?
The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends," Ser Jorah told her. "It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace." He gave a shrug. "They never are.” — Game of Thrones
Once the mud slinging, divisive politics and nationalism rhetoric is removed from the conversation, what are the concerns of the common folk in India? Teri School of Advanced Studies did a recent survey on youth perception on sustainability in government performance and concluded that environmental pollution was the number one development challenge and more than half the respondents perceived that this challenge has remained unaddressed by the Union Government.
The survey aimed to gauge the awareness of the youth about sustainability concerns (SDGs) and to assess their expectation from the General Election 2019 using the lens of sustainable futures and society. It interviewed 400 respondents below the age of 35 on questions about sustainable development goals. It was conducted in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, and was mostly urban and educated, and represented in equal numbers by males and females.
New Delhi, April 2019: Echoing the national concern to enhance livelihood security and sustainability by scaling up institutional mechanisms that reduce the vulnerability of communities and confirm Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Department of Policy Studies, TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) concluded a high-level conference titled “SDGs and Sustainable Livelihood: Opportunities and Challenges in India”. Keynote speakers and panellists at the Conference highlighted that despite having an edge in the competitive global market, India was still lagging in generating sustainable livelihood and the new upcoming government needs to prioritise and ensure successful implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will eventually lead to secure sustainable livelihood for the citizens. The Conference and deliberations will act as a prelude for policymakers, especially since a new government will be formed soon, giving a vision to raise the scale of employability, and to look at innovative policies that can support livelihood projects specifically aimed at sustainable development in urban and rural India.
The idea of sustainable livelihood was conceptualised in the late 1990s by DFID UK, and the concept was largely derived from the participatory approaches. Since then, the concept has become extremely popular among researchers, policymakers and development practitioners. It says that a livelihood is sustainable when it can cope with and recover from stress and shocks and maintain or enhance its capabilities and assets both now and in the future, while not undermining the natural resource base.
Vedanta Ltd Monday announced strengthening of its advisory board with appointment of new advisors Saurabh Chandra and Leena Srivastava.
Chandra was the former secretary for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas from March 2014 to April 2015 and Srivastava is the vice-chancellor of TERI SAS.
"Vedanta Ltd has appointed new advisors for strategic counsel and guidance to help the company make even more significant contribution to India's natural resources sector and boost overall economic growth," the mining company said in a statement.
The appointment of Chandra and Srivastava will bring experience to Vedanta's advisory board, and help reinforce the company's leadership position in the global resources sector, it said.
"I am delighted to welcome Saurabh Chandra and Leena Srivastava to our advisory board, who are experts in their respective domains. As Vedanta enters a new phase of growth and expansion, I am confident that the group will immensely benefit from their deep knowledge, strategic counsel and rich experience," Vedanta Ltd Chairman Navin Agarwal said.
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