New Delhi: Eminent leaders, academicians, intellectuals, artists and Noble Laureates met in New Delhi to brainstorm at a conclave on Global Climate Change earlier this week to mark the National People’s Social Justice and Action Day by iCONGO.
Discussions focused on the impact of climate change on industry, economy, ecosystems, agriculture, rural migration, forest conservation and watershed management.
It empowered stakeholders in identifying causes and understanding scale of impact of climate change, while working out ways of dealing with it at an individual, local, national and international level.
It provided a platform for people from various backgrounds to get together and have output oriented discussions over specific risks that India is currently facing, on whether or not carbon tax should be imposed on consumers, impact of climate change on ecosystems, agriculture and food security, rural migration, forest preservation, watershed management and sustainable development for good corporate governance.
Pavan Sukhdev, banker and environmentalist, said, “Business houses must adopt such business practices that alleviate impact of climate change and pollution on our terra firma.”
Ad guru and social activist Alyque Padamsee shared a different opinion and said, “Every human being has two citizenships, while one tells you the country he belongs to, the second creates greater accountability. We have to put aside all our biases and territorial disputes, for only then can we grow together as a single global community working on issues related to ‘earth concerns’ .
Jerry Almeida, co-founder of iCONGO said that the meeting was timely since it was on the same day when New Delhi was rocked for a few seconds by an earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale.
Awards for change presented
Actor and filmmaker Revathy and freelance journalist Altaf Ahmad were awarded media citizen awards for creating best practices in media, promoting social issues and sensitizing people on the subject. The Awards also recognized the contribution of children towards social issues. Kids for Change Karamveer Puraskar was given to Benzy, a mentally challenged girl, who is able to express herself solely through her music, and Akhil Akkineni, who acted in a film called ‘Sisindri’.
Celebrities and leaders who expressed their support to the cause by participating in the conclave included actor Rahul Bose, musician Remo Fernandes, actor and film maker Revathy, business director, Dentsu, Anwesh Bose and Mamta Saikia, CSR Head, Bharti Telecom.
Live performances by Bobby Cash, Remo Fernandes, Baby Benzy, Akhil Akkineni, Divakar Singh, Imraan Khan and visually impaired children from Samarthanam added a sense of bonhomie.