August 26, 2022 | 05:00 PM
The Centre of Excellence for Ethics, Responsible Organizations & ESG Initiatives (CERO@MDI Gurgaon) hosted Erik Solheim, Former Minister of the Environment, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme in the Speaker Series in collaboration with ABWCI - Association of Business Women in Commerce and Industry.
Erik shared the actions India is taking towards climate change and becoming a more sustainable economy and what us, as individuals, can do to combat climate change. Despite the crises of pollution and climate change, silver lining appears in the form of policies that exist to solve these crises. Erik called for Indians to be strong on action to create an ecologically sustainable civilization.
“How can we develop and go-green at the same time” was the point of discussion.
Development at the cost of environmental sustainability is a thing of the past. Merging environment and development, India is a prominent nation that has understood this and is embracing development while being sustainable across the states. Like Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Earlier, even before climate change was a concern, the world worried about the depleting ozone layer. The world took notice when the scare became imminent with the increased rates of skin cancer. That’s when we moved, acted on it, and solved it.
One million young Indians get into a labour market every month. Solar energy is a fantastic, enormous opportunity even for introducing more jobs while taking care of the beauty of India. Also, electric vehicles are a great economic opportunity that can be leveraged if the government changes the tax system and incentivizes purchasing electric cars. In addition, ecological farming, green tourism, recycling, reusing clothes, reusing e-waste, and focussing more on a plant-based diet will all lead to a circular economy.
We hope that by our hundred Independence Day, in 2047, life will be better for all of us Indians. Already, excellent work is being done in Mumbai, Telangana, and Hyderabad towards Sustainability.
We hope that by our hundred Independence Day, in 2047, life will be much better for all of us Indians said Parul Soni, Founder secretary ABWCI. The session led by Prof. Tanuja Sharma, Professor, OB&HRM, MDI Gurgaon and lead-CERO witnessed 407 registrations from practitioners, research and academic fraternity and interesting questions from participants during the session.