Published on January 9, 2024
In a significant step towards fostering environmental consciousness, Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais inaugurated the ‘Environmental Sustainability Summit’ today at the Y.B. Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai. The summit, organized by the Phoenix Foundation in collaboration with various governmental and non-governmental bodies including the Department of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra, ‘Majhi Vasundhara Abhiyan,’ MIDC, MPCB, CIDCO, and others, aims to delve into the theme of ‘Harnessing Bamboo Potential for a Sustainable Tomorrow.’
The event kicked off with Governor Bais touring an exhibition showcasing various bamboo products, underlining the versatility and potential of this eco-friendly resource. The summit also featured a panel discussion, where experts and thought leaders from diverse fields shared insights into sustainable practices.
Chairman of the State Agricultural Prices Commission, Pasha Patel, Principal Secretary of the Department of Environment and Climate Change, Praveen Darade, and Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Dr. Vibha Dhawan, were among the distinguished speakers. Hemendra Kothari, the Founder-Trustee of the ‘Wildlife Conservation Trust,’ and Nand Kumar, MGNREGA Mission DG, also contributed their perspectives on the crucial subject of environmental sustainability.
The summit drew a diverse audience, including representatives from the environment sector, senior officials, industry stakeholders, academicians, and researchers. This confluence of minds aimed to explore innovative solutions, discuss challenges, and pave the way for a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.
Governor Bais addressed the gathering, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts in preserving and enhancing the environment. He underscored the role of bamboo in promoting sustainability and encouraged collaboration between various stakeholders to harness its full potential.
The event also highlighted the collaborative spirit of public and private entities in driving environmental initiatives. With the participation of organizations like Phoenix Foundation, Majhi Vasundhara Abhiyan, and government bodies, the summit showcased a united front in addressing environmental challenges.
As the summit progresses, it is expected to yield actionable insights and strategies to propel Maharashtra towards a greener and more sustainable tomorrow. The collective commitment demonstrated at the summit reflects a growing awareness of the need for responsible environmental practices, setting the stage for positive change in the region.