After completing an impactful summit in the city of Dehradun, The Behtar India Go Green Summits moved on to the next destination on the map, the very delightful City of Eastern Light, Guwahati. The top-performing school, Sanskriti - The Gurukul played a vital role in making a better environment for the future generations by successfully recycling more than 2,952 KGS of waste and thereby becoming the hosts for the Guwahati City Summit.
The most substantial part of the summit has always been the panel discussion. This time the panel comprised of Mr. Anshuman Verma (Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, DHFL Pramerica), Dr. Jayaditya Purkayastha (General Secretary of Help Earth (NGO)), Mr. Ashutosh Aggarwal (Founder & Secretary, Sanskriti - The Gurukul),Dr. Hemashree Deka (Head of Department, Environmental Science, Assam Valley School) and Mr. Zubeen Garg (A singer par excellence and the voice behind ‘Ya Ali’).
They discussed about the challenges that the city is currently facing and addressed the issues of pollution, depletion of the forest cover, hill slope destabilization and the annual flooding that impacts land life and property. The panel also shared their opinions over solutions to the problems faced by Guwahati and the steps that should be taken to counter these problems to make Aamar Guwahati, a Clean Guwahati and Green Guwahati.
While talking about the impact of this initiative Mr. Anshuman Verma (Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, DHFL Pramerica) spoke about the contribution from the masses,
“We have had the good fortune of connecting with the various corporates and all of us have come together in making sure that we improve our country, we take a stand saying that there is something that we need to do. This program is all about collaboration and about group leadership so it's about involving children in a group activity, making them go out and then they continue to carry that as a pass out of the school. So, that is the kind of an exposure which is important. The other is they influence the community around them.”
Dr. Hemashree Deka (Head of Department, Environmental Science, Assam Valley School) also talks about urbanization and striking a fine balance between nature and development.
“I think lack of planning is sure because in a way we have to go for development. But to reach development there are ways, we can always have plans for it like there are official procedures of doing a EIA which I think hardly is done properly. If a project is done with proper environmental assessment and prior doing the project, I think it will be a greener, better project which does not harm the environment.”
After the discussion, the stage was set for another panel discussion with the school Principals. The panel included Ajanita Hazarika (Principal of Sanskriti The Gurukul), Dr. Himashree Deka (Environmental Science Department, Assam Valley School), Sayeeda Mukit (Principal of Suderashan Public School) and Panchali Roy (Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School).
The Behtar India Campaign is an initiative that aims at bringing together schools, students, corporates and citizens towards discussing the problems and solutions with an aim to build a sustainable environment and future. The objective is to catalyze progressive action towards a sustainable India, a Behtar India, through work in the fields of health, environment, and hygiene.
Watch the video to know more about the the issues and challenges faced by the people of Guwahati and how the panelists help the citizens with their problems by giving them advices and suggestions.