The world is experiencing the linear lockdown of the economy. This traditional economic paradigm that consists of extracting raw materials, transforming them, producing and consuming goods and services, and disposing of the resulting waste, is detrimental to the environment. The linear economy cannot supply the growing populace of our planet with essential services and naturally leads to strained profitability. Therefore, what we require is a circular economy that discards the idea of ‘take-make-waste. We need to replace the linear economy with a circular economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. International Council for Circular Economy is the first Indian non-profit working with a global outlook to accelerate this transition in India.
The council works on three pillars- Educate, Inspire and Innovate. Ms. Shalini Goyal Bhalla, Managing director of the council, recently told The Policy times that educating the youth on Climate Changes and their impact is important to bring about a change. With this intent, the council has recently launched 4 courses for students, learners, and entrepreneurs who are either working in or wish to align their careers with sustainability.
The courses explore the new domain of Circular Economy and Zero Waste. The younger generation needs to be trained on the new concept and business models around it. ICCE ensures that circular economy is recognized as a profession and people in the field have the highest skills and standards of practice. This requires a change in mindset, which is exactly what this course delivers. These courses challenge the learners to design a future that rethinks our current ‘take-make-waste economy to focus on a circular, innovative products, and business models.
On the 22nd of July, Padma Shri Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director at Centre for Environment Education, released the three courses – Circular Economy: Principles and Practice, Circular Business Management, and Zero Waste Living. His inspiring words at the release event enlightened the audience about the importance of circular economy learning in India. The event was also graced by the presence of Padma Shri Dr. Rajagopalan Vasudevan, the ‘Plastic Man of India’, who put forward his insights on the courses and how important circular economy is for academia and industry. The release event witnessed the presence of renowned identities from academia and industry.
The courses are for all those who aspire to become circular economy practitioners, for designers, manufacturers, architects who are willing to embed the circular economy principles. They are also for professionals who work for an organization interested in embedding the circular economy and students who want to explore this domain. The courses also target public sector officials who need to master the principles of the circular economy as well as to know real-world initiatives. Above all, they are for anyone and everyone who want to learn about the circular economy and business models through real-life examples.