The post-lunch season next saw an engaging panel dialogue on #YouthForSustainability. The dialogue covered various areas like consumerism culture, media role, political and social outreach, emergency of the sustainability issues in India, and a lot more.
Seated on the panel were the Founder of Human Circle, Kamal Seth, Prashant Jha, Hindi Editor of Youth Ki Awaaz, Namrata Kilpady, Campaign Manager, Change.org, Devik Sodha, President of AIESEC India, and Sanish Cherian, Head of Business Management, The Logical Indian.
The eminent panelists engaged in a dialogue about how sustainability issues are tackled by these coveted digital media organizations. Sanish highlighted how small things, like a small product bought from Alibaba Express than from local markets, also contribute to the carbon footprint. He got the quote, “Empathy. Educate. Excel” as the motto for everybody should go with. He underlines that the main cause the problems of degeneration of the environment is on the rise is because people lack empathy for their surroundings. There is a need to cultivate empathy among the people to look beyond.
This set the question in motion about how many corporate organizations and mass platforms do write and talk many right things about the environment and climate change, but often don’t walk their talk. Why do they act this way? Why are they part of hypocrisy? The answer was because probably it’s still much more important for them to satisfy the stakeholders and earn large money. This led the dialogue to the adverse production and consumerist culture, whose effects can be seen in our world today.
Examples of Amazon Rainforest fire in Brazil and Aarey deforestation in Mumbai were duly discussed. Just putting blame on consumers and government for these, doesn’t justify the bigger picture where many things are interconnected. But these movements also had a silver lining, in a way that these movements got a wider reach and people raised their voice against the injustice to the environment. Social media has really empowered people to question hypocrisy in such scenarios.
After addressing the questions, the room shifted to the solutions. The first and foremost one is how consumers can take action by refusing and challenging to buy non-sustainable products, packaging, etc. And people should support the organizations and movements who are genuinely making a difference on this road. For example the campaign of ADIDAS, #RunForTheOcean and #ExtinctionRebellion, etc. The point is that not everywhere is gloom and doom about this issue; it’s only that people need to stay more updated about the same and do something about it.
With many questions answered, and many curious ones hanging, we shifted the gears to our Young India CHALLENGE!