Public awareness must to tackle challenges of climate change


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Environment Minister Antar Singh Arya today inaugurated the first national symposium focused on challenges of climate change in Madhya Pradesh at EPCO premises. Arya appealed to over 200 subject experts, researchers from all over the country, who are participating in the symposium to make people aware of the perils of climate change and its preventive measures. Arya said that the climatic changes taking place due to the rise in temperature of the country and globe is adversely affecting agriculture and economic system. To protect our future generation from this, the subject of climate change should be included in the syllabus. Director General of EPCO Anupam Rajan said that EPCO through the eco club is making efforts to reduce the challenges of climate change through students. Smart villages are being developed in 60 villages of three districts. Traditional water sources and indigenous cattle breed are being protected. EPCO is trying to face the challenge of climate change by linking subject experts and retired experienced persons. He said that today is the 25th World Water-Day. It is very essential that people get clean water to drink so that water-borne diseases can be avoided.

EPCO of Madhya Pradesh leads in the country

Advisor to the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and National In charge of Climate Change Mission Dr. Akhilesh Gupta said that EPCO’s Climate Change Knowledge Management Centre holds top position among 22 centers of the country. Madhya Pradesh has always taken the initiative in the field of environment. He said that earlier minimal change was noticed in the temperature of the world in 100-200 years but since 1980 there has been a considerable rise. This has raised the ocean level also for which human activities are responsible. Although compared to the world, the rise in temperature in India has been less and in fact the situation in Madhya Pradesh in the country is not so critical. There has been less rainfall in Madhya Pradesh but Chhattisgarh and Jharhkhand are the worst affected. Now there is heavy rainfall instead of the usual light rainfall due to which average rainfall is normal but it is not favourable for agriculture. The heat wave has increased in the entire country which is a cause for concern. Dr. Gupta suggested that preparation should be made keeping the temperature change in mind and the university should research on it. He said that today the country has computer that can make the world’s fastest meteorological forecast. Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ramprasad said that there is 10 to 15 percent decline in bio-diversity due to climate change. The symposium is a good opportunity and platform for researchers. Minister Arya released the book of over 145 research papers selected by the academic committee on the occasion. He distributed certificates and fellowship amount to the participants of the fellowship programme started for PhD on climate change by EPCO. Researchers also presented their research papers. The symposium will conclude on March 24.The programme was conducted by General Manager Lokendra Thakkar.