Nexus International Workshop on Climate Change 2017
A COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH A VEDIC PERSPECTIVE AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE ADAPTATIONS
Nexus International Workshop was held on 27th and 28th August 2017 on “Climate change Adaptations for sustainable Development- A Vedic Perspective”. It was jointly organised by Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV) & Shree Halari Visa Oswal College of Commerce and sponsored by NEERI. Conceptualized by Jalapurush Dr Rajendra Singh along with Shri Gauranga Das & Shri Sanat Kumar Das from Govardhan Ecovillage and Dr Sneha Dhonde from SHVOCC. The conference was attended by more than 120 participants globally.
The conference was inaugurated by His Holiness Radhanath Swami, the Visionary behind Govardhan Ecovillage, and highlighted the Vedic perspective that how the cleansing of the ecology has to be done in conjunction with the cleansing of the ecology of the heart. He explianed the simple universal truth that, “Vedic perspective teaches us the solutions of Climate change, if we understand that we are entrusted the sacred mother earth and that is how we become the followers of true Dharma.”
The Guest of Honor Shri Rajendra Singh ji highlighted the aspects of how Vedic approach toward environmental crises were about traditional localized adaptation techniques which were not only decentralized but also cost-effective, unlike the modern mitigation techniques which are complicated and cost prohibitive. He also emphasied the urgent need for climate change literacy and water literacy to the present generation.
The impacts of climate change are continuing to grow and so are the challenges we are facing in adapting to this situation. To efficaciously address current and future problems The Climate change workshop was held at Govardhan Ecovillage, which showcases the vedic model of sustainable development. The workshop provided a platform to share experience and knowledge, of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives, and expertise. Although research findings will be shared, this conference is intended to foster real-world solutions to climate adaptation through deliberations at the workshop.
Among the themes featured in the technical sessions were: Ground water resources, Governance: a role to be played for sustainability, Inca Civilization and its sustainability, Jal Vayu parivarthan at Rajasthan, Water Conservation and River rejuvenation with special reference to Karnataka, Bioremediation :A tool to combat Aquatic Pollution, Exploration in search of Incessant Ganga River Rejuvenation at Harmu River, Steps to save Mahanadi the lifeline of Orissa, Eco-tourism a Vedic perspective, Agro ecological systems for future economical growth. Most sessions were followed by lively interactions.
Consolidating the various delebrations of all the speakers and participants, which includes academicians, researchers, NGOs, community developers, Government official’s & students, a four-page declaration was released at the workshop which was signed by key panalsits.