Joint round table on improving Delhi's environment with URJA, DSE, CSE and Indicus Foundation.
The objective is to first get a crisp idea of the specific sources of pollution and various technology and economic solutions. And next, to identify specific actions that each of us can take to enable the Government clean up Delhi's environment.
Friday the 3rd February, 2017, is when we begin the first of a series of engagements.
Venue: Conference Room 1, The India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg
610: Tea served at IIC Lawns
6.30: Program commences at Conference Room 1, IIC
6.30-6.35: Ashutosh Dikshit, URJA to welcome and give introductory remarks
6.35-6.45: Shreekant Gupta, DSE, will Chair the Roundtable
6.45-6.55: Chief Guest- Sunita Narain, CSE
6.55-7.40: Laveesh Bhandari, Indicus Foundation
Summary Of Proceedings:
URJA, the India International Centre(IIC) and The Indicus foundation organised a Round Table & Presentation on Delhi’s Air Pollution issues on 3 Feb 2017. The main presentation was by Eminent Economist (and environmentalist) Dr. Laveesh Bhandari to highlight some unique perspectives on the Air Pollution catastrophe that Delhi faces. The situation is truly dangerous and Citizens must wake up to this emergency and put pressure upon the Government to act with urgency. It was recognised that any problems of this magnitude cannot be handled without Governments taking the lead.
We need to look at economically viable solutions to introduce change and Dr. Bhandari mentioned some of these ideas to a packed conference hall. Dr. Bhandari also asked URJA to take steps in communicating to the Govt. Authorities the urgency of action required
The meeting was Chaired by Prof. Shreekant Gupta, who is a well known Environmental Economist and a member of the Nobel Prize winning IPCC. We are very thankful to Professor Gupta for taking time out to take charge of the proceedings.
Dr. Sunita Narain, Padma Shri, environmentalist and Member EPCA was the chief guest. Dr. Narain shared the latest developments in the government as well as asked the community to get more proactive in bringing about change. Her words carry weight and we at URJA are honoured by her presence at our conference.
Ms. Anumita Roy Choudhary, a constant friend and guide to URJA on matters related to environment was also present.
It is our belief that faith leaders will play a very important role in guiding communities and on URJA’s invitation Maulana Mahmoud Madani, who served as Secretary General Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind joined us. Also present were Fr. Stanley Kozhichira, & Fr. Savari Raj from the Archdiocese of Delhi as well as Sd. Kulmohan Singh from the Delhi Gurudwara Management Committee
The participants at the round table included members from TERI, Greenpeace, DDC, Youth Organisation Haiyya , CEED, Praja Foundation , Greenworks consulting and AQI monitoring group India Open Data Association and United Residents Joint Action (URJA)
Dr Narain and Professor Gupta requested URJA to use their influence with the Elected Representatives, Government Agencies and RWAs to implement progressive policies in the spirit of cooperation and urgency.
We Thank the India International Centre for so graciously hosting us.