The 20th edition of WSDS was organized under the broad theme of ‘Redefining Our Common Future: Safe and Secure Environment for All’. We were deeply honoured to have the Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi join us virtually to inaugurate the proceedings. He was joined in the proceedings by dignitaries around the world including; Hon. James Marape (Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea), Ms Amina J Mohammed (Deputy Secretary General, United Nations), and H.E. Dr Mohammed Irfan Ali (President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana). The Prime Minister highlighted how the global poor were the most impacted by climate change and called on all of us to be large-hearted and to think of the bigger picture when fighting climate change. Shri Prakash Javadekar (Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India) acknowledged the dedication of WSDS through the years in promoting sustainable development and its growth into an internationally recognized forum that promotes thoughtful discussions that create an actionable agenda for future sustainable conferences.
The online summit had an E-Expo with WSDS partners showcasing their work in 3D virtual stalls and opportunities for attendees to break-off for ‘networking sessions’ online. The main proceedings saw 10 plenary discussions and 20 thematic track discussions organized broadly under the mega-themes for the summit—Energy Transition, Clean Oceans, Adaptation & Resilience, Women on the Rise, Industry Transition, Circular Economy, Air Pollution, Nature-based Solutions, and Green Growth.
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River Yamuna to Get Bubble Curtain
Geocycle—the global waste management arm of Lafarge-Holcim, that manufactures building materials, will implement the innovative ‘bubble curtain’ technology for the first time in India to stop plastic from entering the Yamuna River.
Sustainable Nitrogen Management
Desideratum of the Decade and Afar. In this article, Dr Anil Pratap Singh highligths that there is an urgent need for sustainable nitrogen management as nitrogen pollution threatens to become a major environmental challenge in the years to come.
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New NASA Earth System Observatory to Help Address Climate Change
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes.
‘Paani Bachao, Paisa Kamao' Scheme
Another Innovation in Punjab. To address the electricity–water–agriculture nexus problem in Punjab that has long confined the farmers, power utilities, consumers, and governments, an innovative approach was the need of the hour. In this article, Apoorva Bamal, Prajnasish Swain, and Amit Kumar tell us about the innovative ‘Paani Bachao, Paisa Kamao’ scheme in Punjab.
Who Killed Assam's 18 Asiatic Elephants?
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Restore Land; Sustain Lives; Promote Equality
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. In this article, Biba Jasmine helps deconstruct various ways in which the rate of land degradation and desertification can be seized. Given an understanding, desertification has an impact on the land area causing poverty rise, food insecurity, and high mortality rates, among other hardships, further leading to impoverishment, migration, and conflict. It is imperative to gauge ways in which land degradation and desertification have implications on ecosystem functioning and livelihoods. Let us come together this World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought and identify need for the concurrent attainment of social equity, environmental health, and economic wealth through addressing the challenge of land desertification, and degradation.
“CDRI Promotes Resilient Infrastructure to Withstand Climate and Disaster Risks”
Sandeep Poundrik is the Director-General, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). Here, he is in an exclusive email conversation with Abhas Mukherjee for TerraGreen.
Inviting Birds of All Feathers
What We Must Do for the Birds. Urbanization poses a major threat to bird diversity. Preeti Mehra tells us about a study backed by Azim Premji University that suggests ways to help combat it.
Sultanpur National Park
A Paradise for Birds and Birdwatchers. In this series of articles, Amarjeetsingh Bishnoi and Shakti Bishnoi share their wonderful experiences with their family in the lap of nature in Sultanpur National Park in Haryana. Last month, you read that they went to visit the sanctuary from their home in Delhi during the winter season. Now, read more about their vivid experiences there from winter to summer season…