When

27th to 29th Aug 2017

Where

Govardhan Ecovillage, Mumbai

Remaining

Seats available

Speakers

GOVARDHAN ECOVILLAGE INVITES YOU TO A ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - A VEDIC PERSPECTIVE

We are living in an important time in the history of this planet, a juncture that will define what history books of the future will depict. The story, about our relationship to Mother Bhumi(Sanskrit for Mother Earth), will either describe a phenomenal transformation or a tragically wasted opportunity.Climate change is no longer an abstract concept, it is a harsh reality. India as a nation has undergone many transformations in the past three decades – from a struggling agrarian economy into a booming technological power house. In the race to catch up with other advanced economies, India has been repeating the same mistakes as others, compromising its ecological health and biodiversity for economic prosperity. But now, the impact of climate change is hitting it hard. More than 60% of the population is dependent on climate sensitive sectors. This global ecological crisis is one we cannot escape.

Hindu sacred texts, the Vedas, explain how divinity manifests in the form of the creation, and how every element in creation, the Pancha Maha Bhutas – Bhumi(earth), Gagan(sky), Vayu(air), Agni(fire) and Neer(water)are held sacrosanct.For millennia the Indian society followed this eco-centric philosophy and had love, affection, respect and passion for the elements. It is quite common to see rivers, mountains, forests, and even plants and animals considered holy in India. Traditional Vedic rituals, customs, practices, and lifestyle have been centered on such eco-centric values. At its very heart, Vedic culture respects nature’s diversity, and shows us that by living respectfully of nature, we can create a meaningful development model.

These traditions have long protected the ecological systems of India. But today, these Vedic values are slowly diminishing. As Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”. So it is time to elevate our level of thinking by fostering these eco-centric Vedic perspectives for finding solutions to climate change and creating models of sustainable development. We as human beings must think and adopt the lifestyle where these Divine elements and their sustenance is not interfered. We must adopt best practices to accomplish our desires with good actions, and embed them into our very culture and lifestyle. We must pledge that we do not interfere with the divine and move on this Shrusti(creation) with harmony.

Event Organizers

GOVARDHAN ECOVILLAGE

Govardhan Ecovillage is a model farm community giving an example to humanity that by using nature’s gifts in a sustainable way in a spirit of compassion, love, and respect to others, we find the deepest fulfilment within and can become instruments of real positive change in the world.

 

NEERI

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur was established in 1958 as Central Public Health Engineering Research Institute (CPHERI). Shrimati Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, rechristened the Institute as National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in the year 1974. It is a constituent of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi and has a nation-wide presence with its five zonal laboratories at Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai with competent and experienced team of about 125 scientists in various core disciplines of relevance to environmental science and engineering.

SHREE HALARI VISA OSWAL COMMERCE COLLEGE

Oswal Shikshan & Rahat Sangh Sanchalit, Shree Halari Visa Oswal College is Affiliated to University of Mumbai. College is imparting education mainly in Commerce and allied field and catering to the needs of students in Bhiwandi area.

Event Speakers

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Environmental Activist

Mr. Rajendra Singh

Water Conservationist

 

H H Radhanath Swami

Founder, Govardhan Ecovillage

 

Conference Schedule

Inauguration & Keynote Talks

Welcome by Guest of Honor – Mr. K Kumar
MD & CEO, ICCL

Hon’ble Sushri Uma Bharti
Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Hon’ble Babanrao Lonikar Ji
Hon’ble Minister of Water supply and sanitation, Government of Maharashtra

H. H. Radhanath Swami
Founder, Govardhan Ecovillage

Mr. Madhur Bajaj
Vice Chairman & Whole-Time Director of Bajaj Auto Limited.

Break

Dr. Rakesh Kumar
DIRECTOR, CSIR-NEERI

Dr. Riess Potterveld
PRESIDENT, GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION

 

Award Ceremony

Nexus Eco-Stewardship Award 2017
Award of excellence to Rajendra Singh ji

 

The Story of The Waterman of India

Interview of Rajendra Singh ji by Dr. A D Sawant
WATER CONVERSATIONALIST

Lunch and Networking

Panel Discussion on Integrated Water Resource Management and Sustainable Development

Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni
FOUNDER TRUSTEE AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACWADAM

Dr. Pawan Labhasetwar
SCIENTIST AND HEAD, NEERI, NAGPUR

Dr. Rita Sherma
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR DHARMA STUDIES

Mr. Arun Lakhani
NATIONAL BODY OF BHARAT RURAL LIVELIHOOD FOUNDATION

Mr. Sudarshan Suchi
HEAD, RURAL TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE OF RELIANCE FOUNDATION

Mr. Ramani Iyer
FOUNDER, EVERY DROP COUNTS FOUNDATION

Break

Panel Discussion on Protecting our Water Future

Mr. Vishwanath S
FOUNDER, RAINWATER CLUB

Mr. Aviram Rozin
FOUNDER AND INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR, SADHANA FOREST

Mr. Piyush Manush
FOUNDER, SALEM CITIZEN’S FORUM AND COOP FOREST

Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy
FOUNDER, ENVIRONMENTALIST FOUNDATION OF INDIA (EFI)

Mr. Nimai Lila Das
CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER, GOVARDHAN ECOVILLAGE

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Event Location

Govardhan Ecovillage

Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O), Wada
Palghar (District) – 421303
Maharashtra, India

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Prin Dr Snehal Donde, Convenor:  +91 98190 88651 | drsnehaldonde@gmail.com

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