Mohali June 5, 2020: The Centre for Human Rights and Duties & The Centre for Social Work, Panjab University organized a Webinar on ‘Sustainable Lifestyle for Nature’ on June 5, to mark World Environment Day.
The webinar was presided over by the Dean of University Instruction, Panjab University, Prof. R. K. Singla and the esteemed Guest Speaker was Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, the Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency, Asia & the Pacific Office, UN Environment. The webinar kickstarted a lecture series centered around the theme ‘Sustainability: Issues and Challenges during Covid-19 Pandemic’.
Introducing the lecture series, Prof. R. K. Singla gave the theme of Environment Day 2020 which was ‘Time for Nature’, focusing on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and the human development. He further emphasized the need to wake up and to build back better for People and Planet.
Dr. Namita Gupta, Chairperson, Centre for Human Rights and Duties & Dr. Monika Munjal Singh, Chairperson, Centre for Social Work, introduced the theme of the webinar and the necessity of strategizing a sustainable lifestyle in the contemporary scenario. Dr. Memon gave an elaborate presentation, on the relevant strategies that needed to be followed to reduce the increasing carbon footprint. He talked about the latent and inadvertent positive
impact of the Covid on the Environment which had since the global lockdown emerged as energized and revitalized. He further emphasized on the fact that Universities could emerge as effective models for laying and implementing ‘best practices’ for modifying lifestyles while observing policy actions for sustainable living. This could be done by small steps like banning plastic, having efficacious waste management techniques while also advocating fundamental re-use and recycle principles. His presentation included policies for Training of Government Officials while also actively involving the participant stakeholders manifest a holistic Greener world, endorsing eco-friendly products and services by appealing to individual behavior change. He discussed and compared the varied practices and requisite policies implemented in various countries particularly South East Asia in Thailand & Japan. The Webinar was well attended by Faculty, Students and Research Scholars which was followed by an interactive brainstorming session.
By Anupreet Singh: