New Delhi, June 4:
On the occasion of this World Environment Day, The Policy Times in partnership with RECYCLEAN.in and The Shakti Plastic Industries is organizing World Sustainability Summit 2021 online with support from GreenScape, ECOEX on 4th & 5th June from 5 pm to 9 pm to set a wave of brainstorming to outline a new model of economic development and Industry & Innovation-driven agenda for ‘Ecosystem Restoration. Event Partners of World Sustainability Summit 2021 are Services Export Promotion Council(SEPC), Material Recycling Association of India(MRAI), Indian Plastics Institute, and Indus International Research Foundation (IIRF) and organizing partners of this event are University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Gaza University and Impact Youth.
World Sustainability Summit 2021 had witnessed 40+ eminent speakers including world leaders like India’s Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, Begum Habibun Nahar, Deputy Environment Minister of Bangladesh, and 4 Padmashri awardees, 2000+ international participants coming together and exchanging ideas and solutions to build a new green development model to achieve Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations.
This special session deliberating on the need for a new development model inspiring green growth post-covid-19 pandemic was chaired by Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman Unleashing India, Global Smart City Panel, MTGF.
Dr. P Shekhar gave the commencing remarks and stated numeral facts and the green economy, its key factors, and its opportunities. He also discussed a secured governance strategy for smart City development and suggested a secured governance funding model as well
Distinguished speakers for this special session of World Sustainability Summit 2021 were
Mr. Erik Solheim( Former UN Environment Executive Director and UnderSecretary-General, UN & Norway’s Environment Minister) said China is in the lead. China will be carbon neutral by 2060. China 70% high-speed rail. The US is investing in green infrastructure packaging which is the greenest policy ever, 2000 billion dollars for the green shift. More charging stations for electric vehicles in the US. In Europe, the European working very hard on green new deals and driving all investment in green direction as for example Volkswagen, the biggest company in the world that will go all-electric in a few year’s time. In India, global emerging solar energy is the cheapest energy. The solar airport is more famous and the new Delhi metro powered by solar energy. Actions by China, the US, Europe, India it’s a shift because we can now make one policy ecology and economy come together and mend all global companies under four from all these shifts. This can be the biggest source of jobs on planet earth. Countries can collaborate and put out jobs based on this. Merging economy and ecology into one
Dr. Ashok Khosla(Founder and President, Devalt; Former Co-Chair, UNEP-IRP & President-IUCN) has worked for over 3-4 decades, in his beginning statements he discussed systematic approaches for sustainable restoration of ecosystems, he also told that the massive efforts have been initiated to stop the destruction of nature and of human-environment since 1972’s conference of United Nations that was held in Stockholm but they haven’t bought expected success. On a keynote he also suggested the roadmap to sustainability by 8 ways why, what, where, when, how much, with what, how, who, and by whom. He also gave suggestions for water restoration. He also told some facts like:
- India’s deserted area increases by 10,000 sq. Km per year.
- In 1916 after the Korean war there were less than 5% of trees left and as a result of massive programs and efforts they got restored and the percentage went to 65%.
Dr. Vibha Dhawan, DG, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)stated that TERI started awareness among people much before than the other world in 1997 50 yrs of independence, TERI put up one study Green India 2047, which discussed what is the cost of humankind is paying in terms of sustainability, she also discussed that the finding didn’t even take next 50 yrs. in a very short span of time the crisis was faced. She also concluded that they launched another study after this one naming DISHA which suggested steps to be taken for sustainability.
Mr. Rajendra Singh, (Waterman of India, Water Conservationist, and Environmentalist) kicked off his powerful commencing statement with relevant quotes which helped to set the tone for the rest of the speech, he discussed the Sanatan rejuvenation process. He also said that the present development model does not augur well for the planet or its people, it has led to climate change, biodiversity loss, increased vulnerability, and social and economic disparity between the netizens. In his statements, he also included that groundwater reserves are drying up and rivers are disappearing. Prosperity expansions are at the cost of increasing the complexity of water quality problems as dangerous new contaminants emerge. He also discussed myths and facts of Rajasthan and the night blindness that people suffer there. In an ironic statement he also stated that huge projects are always anti-sustainable; one or the other way they harm the environment around us.
Padma Shri Jadav Payeng, ‘Forest Man of India’ stated and gave immense focus on a burning phrase that each tree is a gold-like asset to society. Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. He also concluded that ” as long as trees are there we are here so we need to preserve and protect the existing forests”.
This conference is supported by some of the pioneering organizations influencing a cleaner and greener world. The proud gold partners of WSS 2021 are GreenScape, ECOEX, GRC INDIA. Event Partners of World Sustainability Summit 2021 are Services Export Promotion Council(SEPC), Material Recycling Association of India(MRAI), Indian Plastics Institute, and Indus International Research Foundation (IIRF) and organizing partners of this event are University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Gaza University and Impact Youth Sustainability. The 2 days summit was also supported by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP)