Experts from industry and environmental activists who have converged at an International Conference on “Sustainable Development and Governance: Building Commerce and Communities” being held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Ettimadai, from Wednesday, have called for making sustainability sustainable.
The three-day conference, organised jointly by Amrita and Deakin University, Australia, focuses on sustainability of water, energy, and proper disposal of waste.
It explores the fundamental challenge faced by the global community where economic development in the face of limited natural resources, needs to be in harmony with the environment and social communities.
Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Tata-Titan, inaugurating the conference spoke on the sustainable measures being followed by Tata. The Tata Group had done a lot in the community space by not only creating value and wealth, but by sharing that with all its stakeholders.
Vandana Shiva, Founder of ‘Navdanya’, pointed out that though the severest problem in the country was caused by unsustainable agriculture, the best solution was also possible from the same agriculture.
“Chemical agriculture is a thirsty agriculture and hence consumes 10 times more water than that is required for organic farming.
Only the latter can ensure food security and end the agrarian crisis and farmer suicides. The biggest wastage is the waste of human life,” she said.
Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, focussed on the challenges water, energy and waste posed in sustainable development.
P. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, said the industry was being involved because business was essential to sustain sustainability.