THE BIGGEST RISK TO INDIAN GROWTH IS POLLUTION

BACKGROUND

Environmental pollution is one of the most serious problems faced by humanity and other life forms on our planet today. Pollutants can be naturally occurring substances or energies, but they are considered contaminants when in excess of natural levels. Any use of natural resources at a rate higher than nature’s capacity to restore itself can result in pollution of air, water, and land.

The past decade of rapid economic growth of GDP 10% per annum has brought many benefits to India, but on the flip side the environment has suffered the most, exposing the population to serious air, water and land pollution. India's remarkable growth record, however, has been clouded by a degrading environment and growing scarcity of natural resources. Mirroring the size and diversity of Indian economy, environmental risks are wide ranging and are driven by both prosperity and poverty. A new report by the World Bank finds that environmental degradation costs India $80 billion per year or 5.7% of its economy.

Air pollution is one aspect of the externality of mindless and uncontrolled urbanization, motorization and industrialization. Other externalities are the increase in plastic garbage and metal toxics leading to the pollution of our water and extreme climate change.

Topics To Be Discussed

Water Pollution

Water is a finite resource and managing water in days of rapid socio-economic growth and change is challenging. Regardless of improvements in the drinking water system, many other water sources are contaminated with both bio and chemical pollutants, and over 21 per cent of the country’s diseases are water-related. In addition, water scarcity in India is expected to worsen as the overall population is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2050. The need of the hour is to provide clean and safe drinking water to the population.

Solid Waste Management

Population growth and particularly the development of megacities is making solid waste management in India a major problem. Uncontrolled dumping of wastes on outskirts of towns and cities has created overflowing landfills, which are not only impossible to reclaim because of the haphazard manner of dumping, but also have serious environmental implications in terms of ground water pollution and contribution to global warming. Burning of waste at dump sites releases fine particles which are a major cause of air pollution. In the absence of waste segregation practices, recycling has remained to be an informal sector working on outdated technology, but nevertheless thriving owing to waste material availability and market demand of cheaper recycled products. Paper and plastic recycling have been especially growing due to continuously increasing consumption levels of both the commodities. The current situation is that India relies on inadequate waste infrastructure, the informal sector and waste dumping. There are major issues associated with public participation in waste management and there is generally a lack of responsibility towards waste in the community. There is a need to cultivate community awareness and change the attitude of people towards waste, as this is fundamental to developing proper and sustainable waste management systems.

Climate Change

Climate change impacts will exacerbate the water crisis. The amount of available freshwater is decreasing because of climate change. Climate change has caused receding glaciers, reduced stream and river flow, and shrinking lakes and ponds. Climate change govern the production of agriculture, disrupts supply chains and, in some cases, takes lives. Our generation is the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and last generation potentially could help to arrest it.

Electronic Waste Management

Waste management, especially when it comes to plastic, has been given much attention over the years in the country, somehow, the issue of e-waste, which is among the most dangerous kinds of waste - for it contains heavy metals and other toxic chemicals — remains insidious.

Even today, when India is among the world’s largest consumer of mobile phones with 1.5 million tonnes of e-waste generated in 2015, most consumers are still unaware of how to dispose of their e-waste. E-waste is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 30% in the country. Assocham estimated that e-waste generation was 1.8 million metric tonnes (MT) per annum in 2016 and would reach 5.2 million metric tonnes per annum by 2020.

Opportunities and Solutions

We know how to pick up garbage, we know how to dispose of it. We know how to recycle. It’s a matter of building the necessary institutions and systems, ideally before the oceans turns into a thin soup of plastic. The growth of plastic production has far outstripped the ability of waste management to keep up. We’ve done a lot of work making sure plastic does its job, but very little amount of work on what happens to that product at the end of its lifetime. There is a lot industry can do to help solve the problem. Plastics should be designed to be reused, or recycled not dumped.

Most Indians end up selling their e-waste to the informal sector, which poses severe threats to humans. Manufacturers should be involved to create awareness in the country.

We all need to strive towards higher water conservation goals. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs.

Effective awareness would be the right step for all stakeholders.

OBJECTIVES

For an environmentally sustainable future, India needs to value its natural resources, and ecosystem services to better inform policy and decision-making especially since India is a hotspot of unique biodiversity and ecosystems. Since GDP growth and environmental damage have a strong positive relationship, a proper assessment of environmental social benefits and social costs of income growth is to be assessed so that policies can be directed towards setting environmentally sustainable growth rates. Efforts to develop environmental accounting and green GDP for India can help us achieve sustainable development in future. For ecological sustainability and social justice, India needs to evolve an economy with a lower ecological footprint and higher well-being and shared prosperity.

Sustainable development is one of the most important aspects and methods used to conserve natural resources. As a principle, it recognizes that growth must be both inclusive and environmentally sound to reduce poverty and also build prosperity for the present population in addition to meeting the needs of future generations. This conference brings out the need to balance the utilization of natural resources with the developmental goals of the country. A small act of awareness can help transform the world.

TARGET AUDIENCE


SIMILAR EVENTS

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AIR-O-THON

The Air Quality of Delhi NCR and other cities in India is worsening day by day. The Government, Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal has taken several steps to curb the pollution like banning diesel SUVs, converting all taxies to CNG, increasing green tax on polluting vehicles etc.

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WASTE MANAGEMENT

India faces major environmental challenges associated with waste generation and inadequate waste collection, transport, treatment and disposal. Current systems in India cannot cope with the volumes of waste generated by an increasing urban population, and this impacts on the environment and public health.

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EVENT PARTNERS


Eminent Speakers

Mr. Aditya Pundir
Country Manager
The Climate Reality Project India
Prof. Dr. Jami Hussain
Vice President & Technical Chair-World Wind Energy Association
President - Renewable Energy Welfare Society
Mr. Prodyut Mukherjee
National Technical Consultant
UNDP
Mr. Subhendu Biswas
Founder
Green Growth Sustainability Service
Mr. Vinod K Kala
MD and Founder
Emergent Ventures India

Mr. Vaibhav Chaturvedi
Research Fellow
CEEW
Ms. Olga Cheplianskaia
Founder Consultant
Uniciti.Org
Mr. Ashish Sachdeva
Founder
Green Dream Foundation
Mr. Muqbil Ahmar
Founder
Green Ubuntu & Environmental Guru www.greenubuntu.com

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