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We And The Environment: A Seminar By EcoSphere to be Organized in Delhi

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June and is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment

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New Delhi: In the wake of the World Environment Day 2018, EcoSphere – an NGO working in the area of environment conservation and awareness – will be hosting a seminar to discuss ways for creating awareness on the issue among the general public.

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

Themed as We and The Environment, the seminar will bring together some best known experts and speakers on the issue of environment conservation including Magsaysay Awardee Dr Rajendra Singh.

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5, every year.
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5, every year.

The seminar will also take into account Indian ideology towards nature conservation. It will take place on 2nd June 2018 from 3.30 PM onwards at the Hansraj Gupta Sabhagar, 1st Floor, A-Wing, Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Civic Centre, New Delhi.

The below mentioned speakers have confirmed their participation in the seminar.
– Dr. Rajendra Singh – well-known water conservationist and Magsaysay Award winner
– M. C Metha – A lawyer by profession and a committed environmentalist by choic
– Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar – Diretor, Yamuna Biodiversity
– Mr. Khamu Ram Bishnoi – Environmental activist
– Mr. Sanjay Singh – of Parmarth

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EcoSphere believes that the solution to environmental problems could be found in The Vedas. It talks about the five element by which our mother Earth is made up of. “The Pancha Mahabhuta” or “five great elements” are bhūmi (earth), ap or jala (water), tejas or agni (fire), marut – vayu or pavan (air or wind) and vyom or shunya (space or zero) or akash (aether or void).

The time has come to take concerted efforts to protect each essential element of the environment. At EcoSphere, we believe that only mass awareness and education will help us our targets related to environment conservation. Taking care of these essential elements will only help us resolve the existing problems with the environment.

People must be enough conscious regarding the protection of Environment
People must be enough conscious regarding the protection of Environment. Pixabay

This seminar, hosted by EcoShphere, will provide a forum for high-level discussion on key issues concerning the protection of the environment. Also, we encourage the youngsters to be a part of the celebrations and obtain the opportunity to share their ideas and activities for making our world cleaner, greener, better and brighter. So let us all pledge to do something, at least one single thing, as our contribution of the World Environment Day.

EcoSphere’s series of the dialogue under “अथाह प्रवाह” has clearly evolved as the most important gathering of leaders from all over the world. It focuses on challenges of attaining sustainable development worldwide.

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About ECOSPHERE
EcoSphere came into existence with the single aim of serving the society in the area of Environment, Energy, Education and sustainable development. EcoSphere is starting this mission to save our nature, and make people aware about the environment, clean energy, sustainable education, self-employment and overall progress, through different programs. EcoSphere is a dynamic and versatile organization with a global vision and national as well as local focus. EcoSphere is providing leadership role in the field of environment, community development, education, sustainable development and resource management since its inception.

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Escalating Consequences of Climate Change Hit Countries Globally

India was ranked fifth vulnerable globally

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As Climate impacts begin to result in permanent loss and damage across the world, there is still no specific UN climate finance facility to reimburse the loss of land, culture and human lives. Pixabay

The escalating consequences of Climate change are now hitting both rich and poor countries, a report published on Wednesday said. India was ranked fifth vulnerable globally.

The Climate Risk Index 2020, an annual report by Germanwatch, ranks countries according to their vulnerability to extreme weather events.

It was released in the Spanish capital on the sidelines of the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or COP25 that is being held in the backdrop of climate impact biting globally.

According to the report, India has also been badly affected, ranking fifth in the overall global vulnerability index in 2018, ranked first in terms of fatalities and second in the world in terms of losses in millions of dollars.

India’s overall ranking has drastically fallen from 14th in 2017, to fifth in 2018.

The report shows that extreme weather, linked with climate change, is affecting not only the poorer countries like Myanmar and Haiti, but also some of the world’s richest countries.

Japan is the worst-hit country in 2018, while Germany and Canada were both also in the ‘bottom 10’ i.e. the most affected.

The results reflect the increasing damage caused by heatwaves, which scientists have found are being worsened by climate change.

To explain this drastic fall in ranking in a year, David Eckstein, Policy Advisor (Climate Finance and Investment) with Germanwatch said: “India’s high rank is due to severe rainfall, followed by heavy flooding and landslides that killed over 1,000 people.”

The state of Kerala was especially impacted. The floods were described as the worst in the last 100 years.

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A report shows that extreme weather, linked with climate change, is affecting not only the poorer countries like Myanmar and Haiti, but also some of the world’s richest countries. Pixabay

According to Eckstein, India was struck by two cyclones in October and November 2018 that also nearly killed 1,000 people. Last but not least, India also suffered from extreme heat. While the human death toll was kept considerably low due to public measures, the economic damage was quite severe.

Other countries ranking in the bottom 20 in the overall climate risk categories are the US at 12th, Vietnam at sixth, Bangladesh at seventh and France at 15th.

The report also points to the importance of negotiations at COP25. As climate impacts begin to result in permanent loss and damage across the world, there is still no specific UN climate finance facility to reimburse the loss of land, culture and human lives.

So far, the industrialised countries have refused to even negotiate it.

But at COP25, for the first time, financial support for climate-related loss and damage is high on the agenda.

For the poorest and most vulnerable countries, this climate summit is, therefore, of the utmost importance. They demand that states agree a deal to support those who are suffering, or at least acknowledge the necessity, with a pathway towards real help.

Otherwise the poorest countries will continue to rely on loans to cope with the consequences of climate change, which means they are threatened with excessive debts, undermining often already vulnerable economies.

In the talks that will last till December 13, India has been ambitious in its actions.

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The escalating consequences of Climate change are now hitting both rich and poor countries, a report published on Wednesday said. India was ranked fifth vulnerable globally. Pixabay

It has emphasised that developed countries should take the lead in undertaking ambitious actions and fulfil their climate finance commitments of mobilising $100 billion per annum by 2020 and progressively and substantially scale up their financial support to inform parties for future action through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

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India is also stressing upon the need for fulfilling the pre-2020 commitments by developed countries, and that pre-2020 implementation gaps should not present an additional burden to developing countries in the post-2020 period.

The Indian delegation will be led by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who is attending the summit from December 9. (IANS)