Finding better solutions at the grassroots level with effective community participation is more relevant than addressing the climate change issues at diplomatic level in global summits, observed renowned water conservator ‘Stockholm Water’ prize awardee Dr Rajendra Singh, also popularly known as the ‘Waterman of India.’
He was delivering a technical presentation on ‘Water conservation’ at a programme ‘Evening with icons’ organised as part of World Environment month celebrations, by the Mysuru chapter of Builders’ Association of India, here on Monday.
He said a lot of work can be undertaken through community participation at the grassroots level to address climate change, instead of taking high-tech approach to curb climate change.
Seedlings are much better than sapling plants, whereas plants cannot survive with high temperatures, but seeds can germinate by fine-tuning easily in any climate. However, the preferred season for seedlings is before monsoon or in the winter season. Lakhs of seedlings have germinated in Rajasthan which helped in reviving five dried rivers Arvari, Ruparel, Sarsa, Bhagani and Jahajwali within15 years. Constructing small dams are more environment friendly than large dams. – Dr Rajendra Singh, ‘Waterman of India’
Citing declarations of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972, and 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), he said the United States spends 1,000 million dollars to implement its ecology policy in worldwide, however, all the declarations are focused on the so-called scientific and high-tech approach, which ignores to strengthen relations between man and nature. “Climate change is an output of modernisation,” he underlined.
Urging builders to focus on constructing green buildings, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Mysuru chapter Chairman M G Somashekar pointed out that 27,000 litres of water is utilized for construction in a square metre. At least 500 litres of water is used by a family of five members. If we all adopt green building concepts, the usage of water can be reduced to ten percent of normal usage.”
Builders’ Association of India Mysuru Chapter chairmen N Subramanya, BAI secretary B S Dinesh, BAI World Environment Month Celebration Organising Committee chairman S Mahadevaswamy, BAI Women Wing Spoorthi President Sandya Dinesh were present.