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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Role of Senior Citizens In Water Conservation And Environment Protection

On the occasion of Earth Day 2018, International Longevity Centre--India, had organised a one day workshop on " Role of Senior Citizens in Water Conservation And Environment Protection "on 25 April 18 at Paranjape Hall, IMA, Tilak Road, Pune. The workshop was attended by the award winning Senior Citizens Forum ( ज्येष्ठ नागरिक संघ )from all over Maharashtra, including Pune City. Forums from Rural as well as Urban areas like, Thane, Dombivali, Alibagh, Kolhapur, Solapur, Otur, Nerul,Aurangabad. The Aim of this workshop was to use Talent, Skill & Knowledge of Senior Citizens in spreading awareness among School, College Students as well as Slums, regarding impact of Global Warming on Climatic conditions. Col S G Dalvi,District Manager, Pune, Climate Reality Project, India, conducted the Workshop. He is also resource person for ILC--India.

Mrs Anjali Raje , Executive Director, ILC-I,welcomed all the delegates, and gave brief about the workshop.She explained need to spread awareness about extreme climatic events affecting climate and our well being.All the delegates were requested to participate in workshop & then info ILC-I about their plan of action.

Col Dalvi briefly told the delegates about The Global Warming, reasons,the role played by human beings in escalating global warming,impact on Natural resources like Air, Water, Soil etc, along with impact on climatic events like shift in Monsoon cycle, heavy rainfall, floods, rise in temperatures, hail storms,water pollution, river pollution, plastic menace,fossil fuel generated Energy for power sector in India, etc. He briefly informed all about adverse impact on Human Health, decline in Farm produce, impact on Economy especially for India, reducing Forest cover etc.He also explained about Carbon Footprint calculations & simple ways to reduce it.

In order to involve students active participation, it was decided & agreed by all that each participating forum will adopt 2 Schools/ Colleges and one Slum. Forums will connect with educational institute authorities & identify students and Staff volunteers to participate in this program. These students will carry out Water Audit, Energy Audit , Solid Waste Management & work out plans to reduce extra consumption of natural resources by adopting to different simple to do measures. They will also calculate reduction in carbon emission by adapting to new practices.

Delegates shown keen interest to participate in this program, however requested for all possible help from ILC-I & Col Dalvi. Which was accepted.

Mr Jayant Umranikar , Chairman, ILC-I in his valedictory address, stressed the need to use talent & knowledge of senior citizens to interact with students & encourage them to work on simple & doable methods to reduce wastage of Water, electrical Energy etc & help make their Institute Green model for others to follow. He informed all that ILC-I will valuate all the participating forums & institutions & suitably reward Forums, Institutes, & Students at special ILC-I function in Pune in early 2019.

With Regards
Col S G Dalvi (retd.)

District Manager (Pune)

The Climate Reality Project, India
Director, Parjanya : Rain water Harvesting Consultancy


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