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Ministry News

“Message to Children on Children’s Day – “Take Only as Much Food in the Plate as You Can Eat, Wasting Food is Akin to Being a Carbon Criminal”- Anil Mhadav Dhave

Environment Minister Releases Book - ‘Low Carbon Lifestyles - Right Choices for our Planet’ at COP 22 on November 14 2016

In a message to children of the nation on the occasion of Children’s Day on November 14 from the ongoing COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, strongly urged the children not to waste food. “Take only as much food in the plate, as you can eat. Wasting food is akin to being a ‘Carbon Criminal’, he said. Shri Dave said that the lifestyle with minimum carbon footprint, followed by Gandhiji, Nelson Mandela, Buddha and Mahavira hold the key to fight climate change. Speaking after releasing the book – ‘Low Carbon Lifestyles - Right Choices for Our Planet’ at COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco, the Environment Minister said, “Let us make a lifestyle of minimum carbon footprint a movement of the future. We need to cultivate the idea of preserving resources too. Winds of change always start from self and from within”, Shri Dave added. The Minister informed the gathering that he has initiated some small steps towards this goal in India, but will announce the steps to the world only after it has been implemented for at least two months.

Addressing the gathering, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, said that the key to the success of Paris Agreement lies in taking Pre-2020 actions.

The book on low carbon lifestyles is a practical guide that shows how simple changes in the lifestyle will help the planet and the pocket. It quantifies emissions reduction that can be achieved by an action as effortless as turning off an unnecessary light and a fan. The book expresses ideas in a format that people can easily understand – the number of additional trees that a specific action is equivalent to and the amount of money saved.

The book is divided into seven sections that cover the gamut of carbon emissions through daily activities. Short success stories from around the world have been showcased to emphasize that change is not only possible, but beneficial too.

The bottom-up approach of the book seeks to address climate challenge by inspiring individuals to start small actions, get satisfaction from knowing how much a simple action has helped and get motivated to do more. Operationalizing the intended role of sustainable lifestyles as enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement is the need of the hour. This book is a step in that direction.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Ministry of Environment and Forests

 

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"Message of Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, 2nd February, 2016"

The World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2nd February each year around the world to mark the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the city of Ramsar in Iran in 1971, is a day to promote, create awareness and ensure positive & affirmative action for conservation of wetlands.

Water is life, and wetlands are the life support systems that ensure functioning of the water cycle. Wetlands help recharge groundwater aquifers, cleanse polluted waters, protect shorelines and act as sponges to mitigate floods. The extensive food chain and biological diversity in wetlands make them ‘biological supermarkets’. Wetlands are valuable as sources, sink and transformers of a multitude of biological, chemical and genetic material. In addition, wetlands have special attributes as cultural heritage of humanity, and have deep connections with our beliefs and practices. They are indeed an important part of our natural wealth and “liquid assets”.

The theme of World Wetlands Day this year is ‘Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods’. The theme highlights the value of wetlands in securing local livelihoods through activities as fishing, rice farming, tourism, and water provision. Ever since civilizations began, wetlands have played an important role in development of human society. The ‘wise use’ principle of wetland management encapsulates the linkages between wetland functioning and livelihoods, on sustainable basis guided by ecosystem approaches.   

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change will continue to accord high priority to conservation and wise use of wetlands in the country. The National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA) provides the policy framework and support to State Governments for integrated management of wetlands. The Ministry has also initiated the process of revising the existing regulatory framework on wetlands to enable a greater role and ownership by State Governments in management of wetlands, particularly as water and land are State subjects. The State Wetland Authorities are envisaged to be entrusted the role of management and regulation of wetlands within their jurisdiction.

In a strategic step towards increasing the capacity of wetland managers in integrated and holistic management, upgrading the existing Wetland Research and Training Centre of Chilika Development Authority at Barkul, Odisha into the National Capacity Development Centre for Wetlands is also being envisaged.

This year the World Wetlands Day is being celebrated by the Ministry in collaboration with the Government of West Bengal at Sunderbans, one of the largest single block of estuarine mangrove forests in the world, which provides habitat to numerous plant and animal species, including the Royal Bengal tiger.

The Ministry looks forward to working with State Governments, experts, NGOs, private sector and concerned citizens from all walks of life to secure these natural resource endowments. 

Soil Health Card Scheme

The M/o Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Government of India is celebrating International Soil Day on December 5, 2015.

Details can be found in the documents below: