The focus of the conference was environmental degradation cumulatively leading to catastrophic climate change and its deadly all-round consequences
A two-day national conference on “Climate Change, Societal Consequences Mitigation: Future Vision (NCCCSCM-2018)”, being organized by Department of Environmental Sciences, Central University of Jammu, commenced on 26, April.
The chief guest of the conference was Padma Bhushan Dr Bindeshwar Pathak (founder, Sulabh International) an international figure recognised working in the field of Sociology of Sanitation. Besides CUJ Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ashok Aima, other dignitaries who graced the occasion, included IGP Jammu, Dr SD Singh Jamwal, Prof KK Sharma, Prof Nil Ratan, Prof NK Tripathi Dean School of Life Sciences, CU Jammu, Dr Prashant Srivastava, (BHU), Prof. Milap Sharma (JNU), Dr RP Singh (BHU), Anil Singh (Chairman, Sulabh J&K State), AGM SBI, Ajay Sharma.
Chief Guest, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak deliberated on the sociology of sanitation, best environmental practices to combat climate change in which Sulabh International is working. A Documentary on the achievements and contribution made by Sulabh International in India as well as in the world were also screened. He also laid stress on the Sulabh Water Treatment, Biogas plant and STP plant which are working efficiently at Sulabh gram, New Delhi. These best practices are mitigating the process of climate change.
In addition, Dr Pathak encouraged the young researchers, participants and students to think out of box and find the multiple alternative solutions rather than their conventional one in the field of Environmental Sciences. He also appreciated the efforts of Organising Committee of NCCCSCM-2018 for making this a great technical event of the Central University of Jammu and in particular of Department of Environmental Sciences. The key attraction of the Conference was the Photo Exhibition displayed in the premises of CUJ on the best clean and green environmental practices to combat climate change being adopted by Sulabh International.
He informed the participants about the various activities carried out by Sulabh International in the field of environmental sanitation, health & hygiene in the rural and urban areas. He told about the Sulabh’s Two-pit Pour-Flush Ecological Compost Toilet technology which fulfills all the conditions of sustainable development and helps decrease global warming and hence climate change in the developed nations also.
Dr Pathak encouraged the young researchers, participants and students to think out of the box and find the multiple alternative solutions rather than their conventional one in the field of Environmental Sciences.
In his presidential address, Prof. Ashok Aima, HVC, CU Jammu emphasised that Conference of such nature provides a great opportunity for the scientific community, not only to update knowledge and keep abreast with the latest developments in the field of environmental sciences, but also an occasion for the invited speakers, delegates and participants to exchange ideas and interact with each other. He also said that this will act as channel for creating an atmosphere which will encourage and inspire students and young researchers for their overall academic growth.
Prof. Deepak Pathania, Patron and HoD Environmental Sciences, CU Jammu presented the welcome address to the gathering. He also informed that about 95 participants from all over India are participating in this conference. He apprised the audience that about 12 invited talks, 20 oral and 45 posters on various topics linked to various aspects of Climate change is expected to be presented during this two day conference.
A Photo Exhibition was also displayed in the premises of CUJ on the best clean and green environmental practices to combat climate change being adopted by Sulabh International.
The environment, being home for all living beings, needs to be health-friendly and life-supporting. The environment has forced to change its behaviour because of pollution and exploitation of air, water, soil, forests and sensitive ecosystems. The pressing need of the time is to practice environmental sustainability by avoiding the depletion or degradation of natural resources and long-term environmental quality can be achieved by means of environmental sustainability.
Climate change poses numerous risks to health and livelihoods of communities. In order to better understand various dimensions of sustainability and climate adaptation and to respond effectively to climate change impacts, its consequences on society and major inputs from the social sciences are required to provide crucial insights into the human-social-economic-environment dynamics of climate change. The focus of the national conference is aimed at addressing relevant issues related to environmental pollution, disasters, climate, alternative to fossil fuels, new technologies to reduce the resource degradation and other relevant issues.
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