Environmental and climate literacy programme held in Dharamshala on Earth Day


On the occasion of Earth day, students and faculty of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Central University of Himachal Pradesh in Dharamshala came together to celebrate and learn about environmental and climate literacy. Dr. Deepak Pant, Dean of School Earth and Environmental Sciences in this occasion started various activities with students and faculty member, including the competition on creative idea on greener activities. In this series students made creative models to use waste to value added products and a student designed vacuum cleaner from waste product was awarded for first prize with certificate and cash prize.


Dr. Pant also delivered a talk on “Nature to nurture” and said that it is now demand to nurture the nature because our scientific, cultural, and philosophical activities harm the nature. Global warming is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases  72% of the totally emitted greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide (CO2), 18% Methane and 9% Nitrous oxide (NOx). Carbon dioxide emissions therefore are the most important cause of global warming. environmental protocols, green technology and municipal solid waste management techniques.


The climate change with natural disaster such as flash floods, landslides, avalanches, earthquake, and volcanic eruption that are increasing in today’s world. He said, “climate change was for centuries but the growing anthropogenic activities were stirring it to sudden and dramatic changes.” He gave many examples of natural disasters such as Kedarnath tragedy, Iceland volcanic eruption and Kosi flood etc.. He also said increased in global temperature will enhance the rate of glaciers melting in Himalayas which in overall results hydrological hazards in downstream areas, said by Dr Pant. Prof. Ambrish Kumar Mahajan, Dean of School of Life Sciences was the chief guest; Prof. Mahajan gave a small speech on “Climate change and natural disasters in Himalayan Region”.

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Arvind Sharma is a permanent resident of Dharamshala in HP, and is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 22 years of experience. He started his writing career from local weekly Himachal Kesri and later worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Vir Partap and Ajit. Currently, he is working with news agency PTI. He was conferred with the Himachal Kesri journalism award in 2010.

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