NAGPUR: Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. Everyone needs to come to the table for this collective endeavour and initiate solutions, said Aditya Pundir, country head of Climate Reality Project India.
He was delivering the keynote address on the third and final day of ‘Climate reality presentation’, organized jointly by Global Shapers Community Nagpur, The Climate Reality Project India and Aakar Group of Institutions. The seminar was held at Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) auditorium, Udyog Bhavan, Civil Lines, on Tuesday.
The extensive training and presentation workshop sensitized and enabled participants to build skills and strategies about the science of and solutions to the climate crisis.
To help the participants view climate change from a holistic approach, Pundir discussed the causes, implications and impact of climate change. He even suggested low-hanging fruit solutions that can be administered by individuals.
Explaining the challenges ahead, Pundir said, “Excessive emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are the factors which have been accelerating climate change. The extreme temperatures across the globe manifest a dangerous trend.” He presented statistics of the erratic temperatures observed in various countries.
“Entrepreneurs should aim to effect change by using their agency and make significant strides towards reduction of pumping of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and thus help in curbing climate change.
The best business opportunity is manufacturing electric vehicles as it has proved to halve greenhouse gas emissions compared to a fossil fuel-powered car,” Pundir said, while discussing the scope for entrepreneurship in the mitigation of climate change.
He proposed solutions like converting from coal and oil to renewable resources, switching to more efficient products that contribute to saving energy and using clean cookstoves, among others.
“Over 100 global companies like Apple, Google, Adobe and Amazon have committed to cover 100% of their operations on renewable energy to reduce reliance on fossil fuels,” he said.
The presentation was followed by an interactive session between Pundir and the participants.
The session was moderated by Prerna Chandak. Director of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute, Nagpur, PM Parlewar, president of The Indus Entrepreneurs Nagpur Milind Chittawar and president of Human Development Institute Ashit Sinha were present, among others.