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