Chandigarh, Kapurthala, 3rd June 2020: Pushpa Gujral Science City and Punjab Pollution Control Board are jointly celebrating World Environment Day. Under the program, a series of webinars is being organized on 3rd, 4th, and 5th June.
First-day webinar on World Environment Day
The lead speaker in the webinar for 3rd June was Sh. Hem Pande, IAS (Retd.) former Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Govt. of India. He has been a former Chairman of the National Biodiversity Authority and is credited with the India Presidency for Conference of Parties. Sh. Pande spoke on “Nature protects if she is protected”. In his talk, he highlighted the linkages between nature, ecosystem services, and humans and the role biodiversity can play in protecting communities from zoonotic diseases, as well as, in finding solutions to a healthy society. He informed that India was a megadiverse country and its rural and tribal population is dependent for their livelihoods on natural resources. He suggested that the increasing scarcity of resources and high dependency on non-renewable resources were challenged leading to business risks. Hence, Governments, Industries, and Consumers need to look for nature-friendly solutions. Thus, the need to work on National Resource Policy has become more relevant in the COVID and post COVID era. On this occasion, Director General Science City Dr. Neelima Jerath presided over the function. More than 100 school students from all over Punjab participated in the webinar. Director Science City Dr. Rajesh Grover welcome to the participants.