Recycling being the main focal point, the Behtar India Go Green City Summits now took over the beautiful coastal city of Chennai. Shri Niketan Pathshala, the top performing school, successfully recycled 18,000 KGS of newspapers and thereby became the hosts for the Chennai city summit.
The most substantial part of the summit has always been the panel discussion. This time the panelists were Arun Sharma (Vice President, Brand Strategy, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance), Hemalata Rajan (Director, Ma Foi Strategic Consultants), Vidya Amarnath (Director, Paterson Energy) and G Sankaran (President, Pondy Plastic Association, Tamil Nadu). The event was moderated by Ritika Jhanji Jagtiani.
They shed light on the challenges faced by the coastal city due to excessive use of plastics. They discussed the prevailing environmental issues and suggested measures which should be taken to keep the city clean and green.
While talking about plastics and how one can use plastics to their benefit by converting it into fuel, Vidya Amarnath, Director of Paterson Energy spoke about her company’s contribution to this cause and added
“ We use Thermochemical Depolymerization Technology which accepts all kinds of plastics, what you call a single use plastic as well, and we convert it into fuel which is a diesel variant, which has various applications in the industry. One of the main highlight point of this process is that it has zero emission and zero effluent kind of technology”
Arun Sharma, Vice President, Brand Strategy, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance also spoke about the impact of the Behtar India campaign.
“As far underprivileged children are concerned and the benefits they gain, last year it was close to 59,000 students who got the benefits and this year we are going to cross this number and the target is 1 lac ” he said.
Focusing on recycling, this campaign is helping the recycling industry by spreading more awareness and motivating people to join hands for a better cause.
“The Behtar India campaign helped to bring our parent and the teaching community to work towards a common cause. I hope this summit leaves you as inspired as it can, to take part in many more programmes in future.” The Director of the host school, Shri Niketan Pathshala, Divya Arasu addressed the gathering and inspired students.
After the discussion, there was a special Bharatanatyam dance by students from Shri Niketan Patashala. This was followed by the oath taken by Atul Yadav for a Behtar India. Manoj Kumar, Regional Manager, Hero cycles took the stage to talk about the importance of non-fuel consuming motors for future generation thereby leading to a better environment. DAV school presented a group song followed by another group song performed by students of Sri Shankara Vidyalaya.
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 issues and challenges faced by the city of Chennai and how the panelists help the citizens with their problems by giving them advice and suggestions.