Thursday, 30 July 2015

Punjab Youth Commit to Action on Climate at EcoSikh Workshop

By 121 News

Chandigarh 30th July:- Over 35 young environmental leaders participated in a workshop hosted by the US based EcoSikh. The workshop was aimed to empower the emerging environmental leaders of Punjab in tracking the issues, team building and planning action for environmental preservation in the light of upcoming UN Paris summit on Climate Change in December 2015. Youth leaders from Ludhiana, Moga, Chandigarh, Mohali, Fazilka, Delhi, Ferozpur and Amritsar joined to get training on environmental advocacy and leadership skills.

EcoSikh President, Dr. Rajwant Singh from Washington DC, who was recently invited by French President at Paris for UN Framework for Climate Action, interacted with the attendees. Dr. Singh not only discussed how climate change is affecting so many nations but also discussed how various faith groups are coming forward with their own climate action plan.

Dr. Rajwant said that punjab youth is the hope of Punjab's ecology. Punjab is facing severe environmental challenges including reduction of ground water table, land pollution due to dangerous level of pesticide and chemical usage in farming and air pollution. This requires young people to take responsibility to be the leaders to create a better future of Punjab.  I am thrilled to see environmental activity regarding saving Sidhwan canal, plantation programmes and clean up drives in Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Amritsar and the way youth leaders taking action on Nagar Kirtans during religious celebrations throughout Punjab.


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