Civil society working group to press for climate change policy initiatives

Coinciding with the Gujarat Government’s announcement to set up a separate ‘Ministry for Climate Change’,nearly 115 delegates from about 11 states across the country have unanimously adopted a declaration...

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:March 14, 2009 3:38 am

Coinciding with the Gujarat Government’s announcement to set up a separate ‘Ministry for Climate Change’,nearly 115 delegates from about 11 states across the country have unanimously adopted a declaration —‘Responding to Global

Climate Change and Community Education’—at a recently held three-day conference at the Indian Institute of Education (IIE),Pune.

The initiative was taken by the Indian Society for Community Education (ISCE),an Ahmedabad-based organisation working for prevention of environmental degradation and climate changes.

Delegates present at the conference included Pramod Khale (former Director of ISRO),Sudarshan Iyengar (Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Vidhyapith) and Kartikey Sarabhai (founder Director of Centre for Environment Education).

Mayank Upadhyay,ISCE Secretary,said: “The delegates have decided to form a Working Group on March 18 in Ahmedabad. This group will help in persuading government authorities for taking policy initiatives dealing with climate changes.”

ISCE further informed that the Working Group will also suggest modification in the developmental strategies and help in designing alternate work-plan.

Another major initiative will be educating people about the Carbon Foot Prints and the need to develop simple methods of carbon accounting for the community.

Initiatives for the industrial sector,such as increasing awareness and encouragement to adopt ‘Green Technologies’ and increase the ‘Green Coverage’ around industrial set-ups,will also be undertaken,Upadhyay said.

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