Unequal distribution of resources would further widen social inequality apart from triggering serious social problems among local communities, warned Ian Roderick, Director, The Schumacher Institute, United Kingdom.
Addressing the 2-day international conference on ‘Global Convergence on a finite planet’ at Francis Xavier Engineering College here on Thursday, Dr. Ian Roderick said the unsustainable utilisation of natural resources had led to climate change, loss of biodiversity, ocean acidification, disturbance in nitrogen cycle, ozone depletion, not yet quantified chemical pollution etc.
While developing viable technology for convergence and sustainability, he suggested that the stakeholders should be sensitized on sustainable development.
Offering felicitations, SM. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram, said climate change was increasing the extent of deserts, changing watercourses, shrinking groundwater table and the backwaters, causing cracks beneath the earth and also affecting natural dynamics.
Hence, the utilisation of natural resources in an unsustainable manner should be stopped and the adverse impact of this phenomenon should be neutralized through massive afforestation, increasing the water-holding capacity of water bodies and dams etc.
He also urged that ignorance of the rural people on this matter should be eradicated through proper education so as to make them major stakeholders in the process of sustainable development.
S. Cletus Babu, chairman of SCAD Group of Institutions, which had organised the conference, Karen Morgan, chairman, The Converging World, the United Kingdom and others spoke.