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Better Water Management Systems, Focus on Domestic Species of Flora, Fauna
BW Businessworld recently organized BW Sustainability Dialogues virtual event where industry experts shared measures and strategies to make India more sustainable
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A reality check on India’s position in the environmental ranking suggests India fares 168th out of 180 countries in the 2020 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) as per a research conducted by Yale and Columbia universities. Unpacking the research further, the analysis is done as per the degree of broad-based sustainability efforts made by the countries. India’s rank henceforth suggests a disproportionate amount of effort needs to be put in the given direction.
When it comes to effort, very few people stand out like Kalpana Ramesh, Founder, The Rainwater Project. She states: connecting people to water is her mission. Cities’ dependence on tankers and water cans always troubled her. She believes people should be taking responsibility for their water. When he started to dig deeper into the problem, she realized the solution is rainwater harvesting. Henceforth, the Rain Water Project came about which provides services relating to rainwater harvesting and other water solutions.
Kalpana also believes in water conservation, the government has an active role. She argues municipal water should be given reduced subsidies. Arguably, this could provide an incentive for people to adopt water conservation strategies for themselves. Gauri Sarin, Founder, Bhumijaa & Living Without Medicine too argues that it is people like them who can put pressure on the government to have the priorities in order. She also asserted that observing great works being done at the ground level, it is conclusive that real transformation is possible. (Kalpana Ramesh's view on the impact of Covid-19 - it has caused people to connect to their various resources)
BW Businessworld recently organized BW Sustainability Dialogues virtual event where industry experts in the field of environment and sustainability discussed on how the country can move ahead towards making the living habitats more sustainable.
“A lot of people come to me and ask how they can be part of the sustainability movement. This has kept me going despite all the challenges faced on the way,” said Kapil Madawewala, Founder & CEO, Edible Routes. Founded in 2015, The Edible Routes has been helping more and more people grow their own food. Madawewala also informed of the mindset change happening in people towards the farmers. “When people try to grow something and realize how difficult it is, they have greater respect for the farmers,” Madawewala said. Similarly, another great initiative The Prodigal Farms, started back in November 2016, is impacting local communities profoundly. The company practices natural farming techniques using cow-centric traditional farm inputs to grow local and seasonal produce and share it with the local communities. The Co-Founder of The Prodigal Farm Neha Bhatia enlightened that there was a missing dialogue between the real issues faced by the farmers and what is needed by the urban communities.
Further, as argued by many experts, there needs a different perspective on how we view our domestic species. Aparna Rajgopal, Founder, Beejom brought to notice that we rarely talk about the usefulness of our domestic species of flora and fauna. Rajgopal thinks a majority of our issues stem from the factor farming systems, which are not great systems for production. The lawyer turned farmer has been running an animal sanctuary and a sustainable farm since 2014.
Arguably, in order to address the issues faced by the country at a broader level, there needs to be proper classification and analysis of these issues. Patanjali Jha, Pr. Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Karnataka & Goa Region & Founder, Vanya Natural strongly believes in building awareness about the pitfalls of conventional, chemical fertilizer-aided farming. According to his analysis: there are five major problems faced by the people in the country: Cancer, Temperature, Soil, Water, and Unemployment. Arguably, it is critical to address each one of them individually and develop a strategy to mitigate the critical issues – to further India’s movement towards a better sustainable future.