Air Pollution Battle In India Needs a Sense of Urgency

Air Pollution Battle In India Needs a Sense of Urgency

There is striking similarity between Paris Climate Agreement and India?s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) launched recently. The Paris Agreement is an agreement by the countries to map a global action to keep global warming two degrees centigrade below pre-industrial level. It utterly lacks teeth to deal with issues, among others, non-compliance and the essential need for finance and technology transfer for achieving that target. Volunteerism is the undercurrent on which the shaky edifice of Paris Agreement rests. India?s NCAP is a similar story. It is a plan to make a plan to keep the air quality that meets the norms of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) deserves all the appreciation and encouragement to get going on the job, though quite late, and definitely five years behind schedule of another highly polluted country, China. Non-recognition of the nation-wide threat seems to...
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Carbon-Neutral University Campuses: Youth Begin Climate-Actions where it Matters

Carbon-Neutral University Campuses: Youth Begin Climate-Actions where it Matters

7th Dec 2018 Katowice, Poland: “The Smart Campus Cloud Network is a bespoke approach to empower and support students and faculty to begin action on climate change urgently”, said Prof. Frederick Dubee, Former Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact and UN Secretary General Office. Prof Dubee was speaking as a chief guest at the Press Conference of TERRE Policy Centre in Katowice during COP24, organized by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). During the press conference ‘Climate Neutral University Campus’ was launched along with a tool-kit and water guidelines for Smart Campuses. “The creativity, ability and the desire of the youth represent a powerful asset for all humanity. Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) of universities, facilitated by TERRE Policy Centre and supported by UNESCO leverages this asset to address the Climate emergency”, added Prof Dubee. The kit and the guidelines that are meant to initiate the actions in the...
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India’s Commitment towards Paris Climate Agreement “Biz@India” Special issue Launched at COP24

India’s Commitment towards Paris Climate Agreement “Biz@India” Special issue Launched at COP24

3rd Dec Katowice, Poland: The first ever pre and post-Paris Agreement appraisal of India’s commitments in addressing Climate Change was released on 3rd Dec 2018 by Dr. Harsh Vardhan Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) at Katowice, Poland at COP 24. Biz@India’s special issue on COP 24 ‘Paris to Katowice’ which contained such detail appraisal in story-telling mode was published by Media India Group, a Paris and New Delhi based media powerhouse dedicated in promoting India’s efforts in sustainable development. It was supported by the Indian Embassy of Poland. “Under the vision and guidance of our Prime Minister we have aligned and synchronized our climate commitments, called Nationally Determined Contributions, NDCs, submitted to UN in 2015, with India’s development goals”, said the Minister Dr. Vardhan while releasing the publication, signaling that climate change is an integral part of Sustainable Development. The special issue catalogues the extensive dialogue with the Secretary of...
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Indian climatologist on Chinese civil society body

Indian climatologist on Chinese civil society body

Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre, former Director UNEP, has been appointed as Honorary Chairman of International Advisory Council of the Operation Earth, a leading civil-society organization of China dedicated to biodiversity conservation and global climate change. He also accepted the invitation to be on advisory board CBCDGF and Panda Guide. (more…)...
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Salty but Sweet, Arid but Awakening, Sandy but Stimulating

Salty but Sweet, Arid but Awakening, Sandy but Stimulating

If you are asked to name a river in Kutch in Gujarat, you would wonder if there exists any. Kutch at the time of the Alexander the Great and King Poras, Kutch was all sea. Now it is salt-desert. But it does have rivers. One of them is theRukmavati Riverwhich empties into theArabian Sea Mandvi, an ancient port town, is located on the banks of this river just at the mouth where it meets the Arabian Sea near the Gulf of Kutch. Mapping the banks of these rivers which are flooded during rains only, helps in fetching the fresh water on sustainable basis for the people there. An initiative by the Vivekanand Research & Training Institute, (VRTI) Kutch, Gujarat did exactly that, and much more. That won them Earth Care Award of JSW and Times of India. As a member of the jury, I was astonished to read and see how the NGOs work in arid, salty hot and humid...
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Protecting the Borders as well as ecosystems

Protecting the Borders as well as ecosystems

We all heard of heroic stories of Indian Army who protect our national borders. We are able to take quiet and undisturbed sleep only because of the soldiers that are awake to protect us. But have you heard of Indian army protecting our environment with the same spirit as they protect the national borders? Yes, they do it, so that our children and our Children’s children would be able to sleep quietly. Here is the award winning story! I salute the extraordinary efforts of 128 INF BN (Territorial Army) Eco Rajputana Rifles and congratulate them from bottom of my heart precisely for this reason. I was proud to be on the jury for the award. They recently won the Earth Care Award, institutionalized by Times of India and JSW in New Delhi. The soldiers came to receive the award. They received it with great pride but with military discipline by saluting the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsha...
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Rewarding Experience – Earth Care Awards Of Times Of India and JSW

Rewarding Experience – Earth Care Awards Of Times Of India and JSW

Rewarding Experience of Times of India and JSW Earth Care Awards 2018 What was it like? Being on the jury of Earth Care Awards 2018 was a mesmerizing journey and exploratory experience. Exploration was diving deep in the search of the best of those who are searching innovations and excellence.   The Key take away? The innovative and award winning solutions to the challenge of climate change can take place even in the remotest and the difficult terrains like Ladakh, Kutch  Rajasthan and South West Bangladesh. These inspirational examples demonstrate the power of the communities and potential of the committed individuals that could accelerate the actions to implement the SDGs.   What next? ECA awards’ potential is enormous and not yet fully tapped. The challenge of climate change demands much steeper and accelerated rise in commitment solutions, replication and commercialisation. Asian region, where two-third of rise in fossil fuel use for energy production in next two decades will enhance their carbon emissions more than leading industrialised countries. The deployment of modern technologies like...
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TERRE joins hands with International Youth Committee: Campus Cloud

TERRE joins hands with International Youth Committee: Campus Cloud

TERRE Policy Centre and The International Youth Committee (IYC) join hands for skill building initiative for youth of the world through transforming their campuses to Smart Campuses.  The International Youth Committee (IYC) is an International Youth Organization working to provide a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people around the world. Currently, IYC has a presence over 57 countries coordinated by the Country Coordinators (CC) and Ambassadors as well. It was founded on 21st February 2007 under the Society Registration Act 1989. Now it has more than 500,000 members and volunteers in over 170 countries and 57 country offices / units across 5 Continent. IYC is purely a voluntary organization formed by intellectual groups of professional young people to work for the promotion of World Program of Action for Youth of United Nation adopted by the United Nation General Assembly in...
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