TPT Bureau New Delhi, June 5:
The Policy Times in partnership with RECYCLEAN.in and The Shakti Plastic Industries is organizing World Sustainability Summit 2021 online on the occasion of World Environment Day with support from GreenScape, ECOEX, GRC India on 4th & 5th June from 5 pm to 9 pm to set a wave of brainstorming an 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 Padma Shri 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.
Dr. Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer, Governing Council, Indian Plastics Institute began his introductory remarks with some famous quotes which meant that we need to make efforts to have a sustainable environment.
Interaction with India’s Global Scientists & Environmentalists, speakers include eminent Padma Shri awardees.
Padmashri Kartikeya V Sarabhai, The Environmental Educationist of India & Founder Director Centre for Environment Education (CEE)Began his speech by discussing three crises one being the degradation happening openly where people were cutting forest which was seen but another one was indirect degradation through the route of pollution. He told the disadvantageous facts of degradation as well i.e, the quality of eggshells was adversely affected. What we see now, the climatic change is the third level of crisis and daily lifestyle and industries contribute to it he added. He also discussed the impacts of these crises globally like forest fires, loss in biodiversity and melting of ice caps, etc. He concluded that the restoration of nature and practicing sustainability in our daily lifestyle is the need of the hour. He also believes that the plastic itself is not bad, it’s the way that the community uses it.
Padmashri Ganpati D Yadav, The Chemical Engineer of India & Former Vice-Chancellor ICT (UDCT-Mumbai) in his commencing speech discussed the 17 goals of the United Nations and the 6 diff ways that they are categorized. He also discussed sustainable cities and communities. In brief, he also explained green chemistry and engineering which included its Pros as well. He also discussed the role of restoration & sustainable development and hunt for new smarter ways to develop. In so called sustainable development one always has to deal with 3 diff viewpoints he stated i.e. environmentally friendly, economic process and socially acceptable. He also laid emphasis on microorganisms and their role in climate change. He also told that 195 nations have signed an agreement to lower down carbon dioxide emissions. He also stated that “HYDROGEN IS A SAVIOR”.
Padmashri Swaminathan Sivaram, The Polymer Chemist of India & Former Director CSIRNCL began his speech by acknowledging ten truths of sustainability. He stated that sustainability is a multi dimensional topic but people do not see it the way it is. He also discussed some important key concepts, the nine planetary boundaries. He also warned that if mankind crosses the planetary boundaries, abrupt or irreversible environmental changes could happen. He stated, “Humans in this complex adaptive ecosystem can control almost nothing, yet, have the power of technology to influence everything.” He believes the desire to maximize personal gains comes at a cost to the principles of sustainability. He also said that recycling and circular economy are not sufficient enough for sustainability. He talked about economic growth and sustainability, that they both are interlinked. He concluded that sustainability requires efficiency and resilience.
Padmashri Rajgopalan Vasudevan, Plastic Man of India & Professor & Dean Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai commenced his speech with a famous phrase that we need to understand the creation and creator. In the beginning, he discussed flora, fauna and mankind. The ecological challenges in an irony were also dialogued upon. He believes that man is only being on the planet disturbing nature. He also showed a huge difference between scenario differences between before and after the world war, the lifestyle, technology etc. He showed the pros and cons of industrial development taking place in today’s era. He concluded that plastic isn’t a problem rather plastic is a god’s gift in the form of PPE kits and masks as they have proved to be a boon in pandemics. The thing is mankind should know how to handle it. He also showed the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable foods. He also suggested ways for sustainability.
This session of World Sustainability Summit 2021 was moderated by Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times and chaired by Dr. Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer, Governing Council, Indian Plastics Institute.
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).