AIESEC focuses on sustainable development at Luminaire 20152 min read
Manipal: AIESEC in Manipal University held its annual event Luminaire 2015 (previously called Light the Night) at the End Point football ground here on Saturday November 14. The event discussed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) laid out by the United Nations.
While the release of lanterns into the sky remained the highlight of the event, AIESEC placed emphasis on the current state of the world and the Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the UN to tackle world problems, particularly Climate Action, Gender equality and No Poverty. “The idea is to present the hard hitting facts and make people connect to something bigger than themselves. This year we are asking everyone to make a pledge”, elaborated Arnav Sachdev, Local Committee President of AIESEC, Manipal University. Adopted earlier this year, the SDG is a set of commitments for global development for the next 15 years.
A spray-painting booth was set up where people could spray-paint different symbols connected to sustainable development while Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) conducted a discussion on the state of Manipal. The event also had performances by several artists from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) including guitarists Sharath Menon and Bishwaroop Ganguly. Blitzkrieg dance crew lent their presence to the event with a dance performance.
The change of name brought with it a change of fortune for the organisers as rain stayed clear of the event for the first time in three years. Around 1350 people attended, easily eclipsing last year’s mark. The culmination of the event was the release of lanterns into the sky which made for a stunning visual. “I thought the best part was the visual you see when all the lanterns are in the sky”, said Satyamedhas Pande, a second year student of MIT as an estimate of 700-800 lanterns were released.
Karnataka State Board Fire and Emergency Services were on hand through out the event to take care of potential fire hazards.
Edited by Gargi Kerkar