Monday, April 26, 2010

Ten-point action plan set to fight climate change

ENVIRON, an environmental management group, has come up with a ten-point action for combating climatic change at individual and community level. These include changing electric bulbs to compact fluorescent light (CFLs) bulbs to save energy; turning off unneeded lights; avoiding solid waste dumping to minimize the emission of green house gases; going organic and avoiding chemical pesticides; and buying recycled products to save energy and resource.
ENVIRON organized a one-day workshop to observe the World Earth Day on Thursday under the National Environment Awareness Campaign programme sponsored by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. Around 200 climate student activists gathered at the Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, and took an oath to work towards combating and minimizing the effects of climate change with the theme ‘Let us unite to combat climate change.’
imate change. Kripaljyoti Mazumdar, coordinator, Division of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation, ENVIRON, gave a talk on the individual efforts that youths and students can take up for combating the change.
In the interactive session, students raised concerns about the local effects that are manifesting in the present-day world with regard to climate change. The concluding session was an oath-taking ceremony where students took the pledge to undertake all-possible efforts with other youths of the region to combat climate change.
Presiding over the workshop, Prof UC Goswami spoke about climate change in the Indian context, also analyzing the politics behind the issue. Prof A Dutta and Prof DK Sharma were also among the speakers. Kaustubh Rakshit of the Department of Environmental Science gave a presentation on technologies and some possible strategies that could reduce CO2 emission. He recommended a collective effort integrating the different aspects of global climate change.
(Source: The Assam Tribune, 24th April, 2010)

Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
Coordinator, Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Division
ENVIRON, 60, L.N.B. Road, Guwahati-791113, Assam