Chandigarh,September 23, 2017-"Harita" The Environment society of Government Home Science college, in collaboration with Sweccha – We for Change Foundation, India and US Embassy, on September 22, 2017 hosted 'Global to Local – Climate Impact’ event. The event aimed to facilitate a unique opportunity for young adults, climate experts, academicians, practitioners, farmers, and civil society representatives to bring the issue of climate change and its impact to public consciousness.

The event began with a stage theatre production called ‘Prithvi’, which is an adaptation of Karen Malpede’s ‘Extreme Weather’ and directed by Shri Kuljeet Singh. This adaptation is placed in the year 2014 at the time of the flood crisis. Through this powerful and beautifully conceptualized play, the audience was made aware with the mesmerizing performances about the issue of climate change, air quality, consequences of individual actions on the environment as well as social responsibility towards environmental issues.

This was followed by a panel discussion on the climate change and its impact. Dr. Shalina Mehta, a distinguished Professor of Social Anthropology at Punjab University brought forward society and cultural aspects of engaging with environmental issues like climate. Dr. Mehta stressed upon the impacts of such climate variations on existence and survival of communities in urban and rural contexts.
 
Mr. Ajay Tripathi further highlighted the role of climate change on farming communities of India. Mr. Tripathi  has been closely involved with farmer groups in the Punjab region and has substantially contributed to contextualising ground interventions on sustainable agriculture, conservation of natural resources and eco-sustainable technologies. He also works closely with a farmers’ collective in Punjab called Kheti Virasat, serving as  the Director of Marketing Innovation and Human Resource Development.
 
Mr. Deepak Manchanda, another representative of Kheti Virasat highlighted the need for concerted civic action towards conservation of natural resources, and technology-based interventions that can mitigate impacts of climate change for small holders in the region. Mr Manchanda also shared the experience of Kheti Virasat over the past 12 years of working with farmer groups from across the region.
 
Dr. Namita Gupta, a faculty member in Human Rights Department at Punjab University, spoke of the impact of displacement on communities due to large development projects and environmental changes. Dr. Gupta further highlighted the role of civil society organisations in environment protection.
Prof Sudha Katyal, Principal of the collage appreciated the whole event and appealed the audience to make all the efforts to save the mother earth by adopting the simple strategies. She also mentioned that as humans we should start worshiping our nature before it is  too late.
A vote of thanks was delivered by Mrs. Ranjana Sharma.