14:00-16:00 HRS (IST) | VIRTUAL MODE
In the past few decades, there has been a growing realization about the importance of living in harmony with nature. Today, there is a greater need for ecological principles to be implemented in our civic actions.
Population growth has been putting undue stress on our natural systems which have supported humanity for a long time. Now is the time for ecologizing economy, in order to save the earth from environmental degradation and the catastrophic effects of climate change.
India’s agricultural sector faces grave challenges of climate change and the impact is likely to continue in the form of dry spells, heat waves and erratic rainfall. Climate induced temperature & rainfall variations and the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are adding to pressures on global agricultural and food systems. Climate change is expected to negatively affect both crop and livestock production systems in most regions, although some countries may actually benefit from the changing conditions. The changing climate is also adding to resource problems, such as water scarcity, pollution and soil degradation.
In this session experts will discuss the impact of changing climatic conditions on crops, livestock & seafood, and the importance of ecology for a sustainable economy and overall wellbeing of society.
16:30-18:30 HRS (IST) | VIRTUAL MODE
Ladakh is a mountainous region and a Union Territory (UT) in the north India, in the area known as the Trans-Himalaya. Leh is the largest urban zone having a population of 30,870 (census 2011). Compared to the national average of 69% Ladakh has a significantly higher share of the rural population of 89%. Nearly 58% of the total population depends on agriculture indicating that the region agriculture provides the main source of the livelihoods. With growing economic activities energy demand too will increase in the form of electricity and transportation fuels. Because of the absence of renewables, to cater to the increasing demand for fuels, the dependence on fossil fuels will rise which will not only increase local pollution in the form of particulate matter emission that can pose serious health impacts, it also leads to CO2 emission, the primary cause of global warming. Hydrogen can prove to be game changer. It has the potential to find its environmental benefits in sectors and application like power generation, transportation and indoor heating in commercial and residential sector. Use of Green hydrogen that is produced locally can be promising sustainable source of energy in Ladakh. Local production of Hydrogen will significantly reduce the transportation fuel cost while reducing emissions.