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Interfaith Commons for Mitigating Climate Change in the Interactive Seminar on 5 August 08, India Habitat Centre,new Delhi

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This a brief report on the Seminar that was organised by the The Oceanic Group and India Habitat Centre.

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Interfaith Commons for Mitigating Climate Change in the Interactive Seminar on 5 August 08, India Habitat Centre,new Delhi

  1. 1. The Oceanic group and Radiance Media in collaboration with India Habitat centre organised an interactive seminar on renewable energy and climate change on 5 august 2008 at Gulmohar Hall India Habitat Centre. Ambassador Nigam Prakash, chairperson of Radiance media welcomed all. Prof. Anand Patwardhan, Executive Director, technology Information forecasting and Assessment Council chaired the meeting. Ms. Alexis Ringwald, former Fulbright scholar shared her paper on renewable energy trends in India. She described per capita emissions in India in comparison with the rest of the world. Mr. David Moosa Pidcock, a technologist with London based Technology Relocation services and Safe Energy Devises and System (SEEDS) introduced technologies for weather modification, magnetic technologies for treatment of water, seeds for enhancing productivity and production of algae from sequestered carbon dioxide. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Alam, Executive Director Centre for Ecological Audit, Social Inclusion and Governance spoke on the faith based response and governance for mitigating climate change. His presentation included detailed narration on the impact of climate change caused by the globalisation of non-resource based consumption, production and transport patterns, national and international response, problems in the strategies for mitigating the climate change, impact of the faith based responses on consumption patterns, global imperative of adoption of eco-friendly inter-faith commons such as command for prayer, protection of the institution of family, care of orphans, elderly and women, donation, austerity, piety, honesty, compassion and commands against usury, homosexuality and adultery. He highlighted the fact that rebellion against the commands were exacerbating ecological distress and called for adoption of the commands for transforming leisure use pattern, eliminating inflationary and ecologically hostile finance system, minimising incidence of AIDs and other diseases, promoting stable families for secure childhoods. On behalf of CEASIG, a collaborative projective of Sewa, Labour League Foundation and Sufi Trust, he described the existing / proposed work in this regard. Work included organising carbon neutral neighbourhood discussions and multiplying communication for the same across the villages and cities so that transitoriness of the non-renewable resource based consumption, production, transportation is known by all and required responses for eliminating personal contributions to the emission of green house gases are made. Proposed work included conduct of ecological audit for consumption, leisure, travel, production, organising interfaith dialogue for adoption of interfaith commons and shaping the governance for the same for addressing climate change, reforming fiancé sector, securing children from AIDS, ensuring stable families for happy childhoods. Dr. PP Sangal, former director of Central Statistical Organisation described in details the features of Indian Climate Action Plan. He appreciated the fact that India needed emissions for growth but at the same time wished to work on reducing the emissions. He called for contributing the detailed missions that were decided in the documents and ministries had been asked to prepared detailed action plan for all the missions. The interventions were responded with lots of appreciation for the presentation for Dr.Muhammad Mukhtar Alam who called for personal conduct of ecological audits across the board and adoption of interfaith commons. Mr.Ajit Kumar , the president of the Oceanic groups shared the concluding remarks while announcing the next seminar. Mr.Athar Haque of Radiance Media offered the vote of thanks to all the participants and speakers in the seminar.

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