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Rural Litigation Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) marks Green week,bats for reducing consumption of Environmentally unfriendly goods

Padmashree Avdhash Kaushal, Chairperson RLEK steers campaign

Rural Litigation Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) marks Green week; bats for reducing consumption of Environmentally unfriendly goods

Dehardun, Dec 4:Rural Litigation Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) hosted an interface meet on “Awareness generation for responsible consumption and production” here today in the RLEK Auditorium with the support of Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) International, a global consumer advocacy group that is headquartered at Jaipur.

 

This meet is a part of Green Action Week, which is a global campaign to promote sustainable consumption in the community space so that everyone has equal access to quality goods and services. The meet organized on 4 th December was a continuation of Green Action Week’s theme of “Sharing Community, which aims to raise awareness for the reduction of unnecessary consumption of valuable goods and services and reduce the burden on natural resources.

The session was inaugurated with a lamp lighting session by Prof. (Dr.) Mr. Yugal
Kishore, Dean of ICFAI University, Dehradun. Padma Shree awardee  Avdhash Kaushal, Chairperson RLEK, welcomed the Speakers of the event and the participants. He spoke of his experience with the Van Gujjars and despite how illiterate they may be, they do promote sustainable consumption of the forest land by having
their animals graze the mountain lands for 6 months and graze the plains in the winters.

 

He mentioned how he personally uses biogas at his home which is made with biodegradable waste such as vegetable and fruit peels, and how the public during the Corvid pandemic has reduced the waste generation in public gatherings.

 

A more aware public alongside astringent government and judiciary is the best way of achieving responsible consumption and production and the government may not be enough to solve this problem, He advocated.

 

Mr. S.P Subudhi, Secretary of the Uttara hand Pollution Control Board in his discussion quoted Mahatma Gandhi and said, “Nature has everything for a person’s need but not enough for their greed” Humanity’s recent problem of endlessly hoarding and saving stuff for an emergency is a problem that must be stopped. More than 1500 tons of waste is generated in Uttarakhand per day and this will go up to 2500 tons by 2030.

 

Production of consumer goods generates solid, liquid, and gaseous waste, and the correct solution to limiting this waste is not to stop manufacturing but instead to focus on the limitation of consumption by the masses. This consciousness in consumption is the key to limiting production which in turn would decrease the amount of pollution.

 

Mr. Beejal Das, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Dehradun shared his experience on how the municipality deals with waste and how more can be done with regards to solving this huge pollution problem. He emphasized the need to segregate between organic and inorganic waste starting from home and how the organic waste can be composted into manure and then sold for profit.

 

The Municipality took several steps in order to raise awareness about being more conscious about waste generation and more than 5 lakhs in fines were also collected from those who severely wronged the environment.

 

Last but not the least, the t was shed on the legal understanding of environmental laws and pollution control norms for efficient waste management by Professor (Dr) Yugal Kishore, Dean of ICFAI Law School Dehradun. He shared the lack of awareness of the law in society and mentioned Article 48 and 51G of the Indian constitution which is essentially the fundamental duties to the environment that every citizen must follow. He mentioned the old concept of duties over rights and the art of giving back to the environment.

 

He defined his own 6R’s of recycling which is Reduce, Redesign, Replace, Reuse, Recover, Recycle, d only after exhausting these should one throw it away as waste. Now this waste which is generated can also be converted into wealth for the country. He also applauded the role of women in managing household waste and how the Indian woman makes the best out of whatever she has.

 

The event was concluded by a talk session with the attendees who gave their own suggestions and remarks. One question pertained to asking for tips to further reduce consumption. One law Student named Prasam also suggested the creation of a Green Task Force. The workshop was attended by 35 participants which included the municipal councilors, municipal ward members, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, and students of Dehradun.

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