WHY THIS WEBINAR?
Worldover it has been realized that the lockdown on account of COVID-19 has resulted in improved quality of atmosphere and water resources, and wildlife reclaiming their habitats which were otherwise polluted and encroached upon by the humans prominently for provisioning services and urbanization. The lockdown has forced the anthropocene humans to mind their behaviour and action for environment, wildlife and locals. It has directed us to re-think the policies and legislations already existing for governance for environmental management and biodiversity conservation, redesign them, and design the new ones, if needed. Certainly, the humans irresponsible behaviour and poor governance have resulted in nature crisis evident as habitat degradation and loss, biodiversity erosion, occurrence of zoonotic diseases and disasters, climate change and toxic pollution. Failure to act is failing humanity. Neither we want epidemic like COVID-19 nor we can afford lockdown too (for nature’s recovery alone), but we need to utilize the green lessons which the invisible foe COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have offered to us. Like breathing we cannot lock the economic activities and life-style changes. It is the right time to think for improving our action through institutional re-design/upscaling for a resilient and sustainable future. COVID-19 is a wake-up call and an example of what happens when humans hurt nature and the wildlife. How should we care for wet markets and bush meat, wildlife trade, climate change visà-vis biodiversity enhancement, hazardous medical and chemical wastes, commercial agro-farms and livestock husbandry (especially) for meat production, and urbanized living is a matter of concern. The present Webinar is an attempt in this direction.
Nothing seems impossible with continuous and dedicated efforts put by people. We must come together for co-existence of wildlife and humans in a greener and cleaner tomorrow.
Centre for Environmental Law Management and Research (CELMAR) &Department of Environmental Science Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida
DATE AND TIME
04 June; 6.30-8.00 p.m. Indian Time