A few incidents have made a significant difference for Biodiversity and Climate Change. 2019 was a sequential year for both biodiversity and climate change and this year it will turn out to be even more impactful. Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in May 2019 shocked the world and warned that around 1million species are now at risk of extinction. Global lockdown amidst the 2020 COVID- 19 crisis has brought positives to global warming, climate change and biodiversity issues. This is the right time to improve the system and fight for the environment. It is also the right opportunity to incorporate nature-based solutions into global climate action.
The Policy Times in partnership with Faculty of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia has organised a global Webinar on World Environment Day 2020- Fighting for Nature to discuss on Human Actions Vis-à-vis Environment, Climate Change & Biodiversity Friday, June 5, 2020, from New Delhi.
The eminent speakers for the day included Prof Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Internationalization), UTHM, Malaysia, Dr Wesam Al Madhoun, Lecturer- MPRC, Faculty at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Prof Dr Shahbaz Khan, Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Jakarta Indonesia, Dr Nirmal Jivan, Chief Executive, Nature Seychelles, Mr Harjeet Singh, Global Head- Climate Change, Action-Aid, Prof V.N. Attri, Chair, Indian Ocean Studies, Indian Ocean Rim Association, Mauritius, Dr Hishmi Jamil Husain, Head-Biodiversity, Corporate Sustainability, Tata Steel, Mr Prafulla Pathak, President, The Solar Energy of India, Dr Amiya Kumar Sahu, President, National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI), Prof. Ashok K Aggarwal, President, Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, Mr Tanveer Mirza, Social Activist, Environmental Practioner & Founder, Yashodhara.
Mr.Akram Hoque, Founder Editor of The Policy Times moderated the webinar by introducing on the topic, Human Actions Vis-à-vis Environment, Climate Change & Biodiversity. He stated environment is an extremely important area to work in and during this time when the world is fighting against COVID- 19, “We have seen a decline in air pollution. But to maintain the sustainability we, human beings have to responsible which we are not and a lot of individual actions is destroying the environment”.
The main purpose of the International Virtual Conference on World Environment Day 2020- Fighting for Nature was to discuss the Policy Action Agenda to save the nature, enhance awareness in the community and developing a sustainable framework within countries. Dr.Wesam Al Madhoun, Lecturer- MPRC, Faculty at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Built Environment, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, greets everyone on the panel and started the discussion. He emphasised on the awareness of that every human being need to bring in themselves. “There should always be a healthy discussion regarding the environment between every sector of the world be an industrialist, or an environmentalist or anybody else”. He also emphasized more on the pollution control scheme that the government should enforce in the country or the state.
Prof Dr.Ismail Abdul Rahman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Internationalization), UTHM, Malaysia, made a key address by giving a short introduction on the World Environment Day. He said, “We need to increase the quality of life without degrading the natural resources, we need to be more conscious.”
He presented a short speech on sustainable development giving everyone the idea the concept of sustainable development. He mentioned that the concept of sustainable environment aims to maintain economic advancement and progress while protecting the long term value of the environment; “it provides a framework for the integration of environmental policies and development strategies.”
There are three pillars of sustainable development, the environmental aspects, the economic aspects and social aspects, and if we consider these 3 pillars we will be able to have sustainable development. The path towards successful sustainability is a particular Process, Role and Tool. The process of sustainability involves Acquiring, Imparting and Succeeding in it. The role of a person should focus on sustainable development. The tool is to assist us in promoting and achieving a sustainable environment. He emphasized on the keynote that the rate of deterioration is fast and our action to reduce deterioration is low. He then ends his speech here thanking everyone.
In his special address Prof Dr.Shahbaz Khan, Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Jakarta Indonesia, gave his speech on describing the global agenda and the different Sustainable Development Goals. He gave the idea of UNESCO initiatives to the Environment, starting from the International Basic Science Programme, the man and the Biosphere Programme, the International Hydrological Programme, the International Geo-science Programme and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
The strategic goal for the Convention on Biological Diversity addresses the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society. The UNESCO has set up 17 steps of sustainable Development Goals. Dr.Shahbaz said that if environmental health, human health and animal health work together then we will be able to gain sustainable development. He ended his speech by saying that World is about connectivity and we should work together connectively to bring and maintain sustainable development.
In the session, the Role of International Climate Negotiation, Mr Harjeet Singh, Global Head- Climate Change, Action-Aid, started his speech by giving an idea about the Climate Justice and about the global temperature rise. He gives a study about the rise in temperature, every half-degree rise would lead to two times change in the climate. The disasters, cyclones happening is a result of global warming. The CO2 emission also leads to a change in climate which in return leads to biodiversity change. Every 20 minutes the world adds 3, 500 human lives and loses 1 or more species. 1 out of 4 amphibians, birds, conifers, mammals and 6 out of 7 marine turtles are threatened by extinction. He emphasises that we should change the system, not the climate, poor people need justice and compassion and solutions.
The webinar comprised into nine small sessions including ‘how the Covid-19 crisis-affected bio-diversity conservation and climate change action’ presented by Dr Nirmal Jivan, Chief Executive, Nature Seychelles, Sustainability Initiatives by the Pacific Islands’ presented by Ms Arpana Pratap, Team Leader- Member Capacity, PIDF, Fiji. She spoke on how their country has taken sustainable measures for protecting the nature, ‘Nature Based Solutions and Biodiversity Conservation’ presented by Dr. Hishmi Jamil Husain, Head-Biodiversity, Corporate Sustainability, Tata Steel. Prof V.N. Attri, Chair, Indian Ocean Studies, Indian Ocean Rim Association, Mauritius had given his speech on ‘Sustainability & Ocean Economy’.
Mr. Prafulla Pathak, President, The Solar Energy of India given his speech on ‘Making Renewable Energy the Future of World’s most Affordable Energy Source’ , Dr. Amiya Kumar Sahu, President, National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI) gave his speech on ‘Solid Waste Management VS Environment VS Covid Crisis’. Prof. Ashok K Aggarwal, President, Indian Society of Hospital Waste
Management made his speech on ‘Managing Biomedical &Hospital Waste During Covid-19’. Mr. Tanveer Mirza, Social Activist, Environmental Practioner & Founder, Yashodhara, presented ‘Biodiversity; Local Solution with Global Impact’.
At the end of the programme Mr.Salman Ahmed, Co-Founder of The Policy Times conveyed vote of thanks and made his concluding remarks. He said, “Our main focus should be on climate change biodiversity and policies should be taken care with respect to energy. We should focus on life of living creatures and how important is the life of living creatures with respect to human acceptance and human transformation with the best of human life”.
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