Come Strike A Conversation: A talk and task to save the planet2 min read
MANIPAL: Gandhian Centre For Philosophical Arts and Sciences organised a discussion session, ‘Come Strike A Conversation’, in front of the Edu building on October 11. Students from various Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) institutions met and had a conversation about the reasons concerning current environmental issues and how people can work towards reducing their carbon footprint at an individual level.
Through their discussions, they covered a series of topics, including the plight of beaches. One of the participants shared how in the Andaman Islands, instead of ferrying the waste to the mainland and recycling it, tons of plastics are dumped into the ocean every day. Further, the discussions focused on how seasons are getting affected throughout the country and the world alike.
Pawani Pandey, first year, MA in Ecosophical Aesthetics, who hails from Uttarakhand shared how as a child, she used to enjoy the snowfall during Yuletide whereas now it snows only in January. Another participating member pointed out that from the very moment we wake up till the end of the day, we use plastics. Suditi Jha, first year, BA Media and Communication, pointed out how textile industries produce maximum wastage and how turning to local handlooms will help not only the environment but also the local craftsmen.
Several ideas flooded in, which were both practical and effective. The conversation brought out another creative idea of dropping seeds on moist soil whenever one goes out for outdoor activities, which will help in growing of wilderness. “It is not possible for us alone to battle climate change but we should contribute in every way possible,” said Anusha Bhat, who is pursuing her Master’s in Ecosophical Aesthetics.
Strictly following what they were preaching, the organising committee ensured to not include plastic in every way possible, including the exclusion of plastic chairs for seating. The Director of Gandhian Centre for Philosophical Arts and Sciences, Prof Varadesh Hiregange, addressed the students at the talk’s conclusion. He encouraged the audience to put their best foot forward and do whatever is possible.
Featured Image Courtesy: Swikruti Kar
Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman