Environmental exhibition targets youth
Manipal: The ‘Environmental Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) exhibition, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office as part of the Climate Diplomacy Project with Adelphi, is being held in the Interact Lecture Hall Complex from April 4-17. The exhibition, held for the first time ever in a university, raises apprehensions on the environment.
The exhibition has been presented in 30 cities worldwide, including Delhi and Hyderabad. However on both occasions, the exhibition was showcased during the proceedings of environmental and sustainable development summit. It is the very first time that the exhibition is being presented in a university. “The organisers wanted to reach out to the youngsters and not just the policy makers and those who already know about issues and have their own perspective of how to go about it. They want to change perspectives and get new ideas and responses from the young community who can implement policies to action and do a lot more on the ground level,” said Dhanasree Jayaram, coordinator of the exhibition.
Modules were brought in from Germany which depicted many concerns regarding energy, environment, water security and climate changes. Importance was given to Conflicts arising between countries and the cooperation among countries. “We have national conflicts being shown like how environmental conflicts are being started by scarcity of resources or abundance of resources. At the same time you have all the countries cooperating with each other and community development at the sub-national level. So the exhibition brings about different issues that one may not be aware of,” said Dhanasree reiterating the importance of exhibitions in starting important discussions on environmental issues.
Pawan Amin, a final year Masters student at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations had a similar opinion. “I think the primary importance is that we being from the department of geopolitics we discuss a lot of higher political issues, strategies, foreign policies and in the midst of all of this unfortunately, environmental issues often stay underground. So I think this gives us a forum for dialogue where we can discuss these issues and we can highlight that these are also concerns and they are not very divorced from high politic issues. I think these discussions need to be conducted because we don’t really understand the link between the two.”
The two week long exhibition is offering various talks by eminent speakers including Jörn Rohde, Consul General at the German Consulate General in Bengaluru, Amarnatha Shetty, Indian Foreign Service, Ulka Kelkar, Dr. K, Balakrishna, Dr. Bejoy K. Thomas, Maitreyee Mishra, Prof. V. K. Damodaran and Ramit Singal among others, addressing environmental concerns, current state of various geographical regions of India and the responsibility of the people toward environment.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat