It’s important to give back to the Earth, just as much as we take from it. That’s why, the Earth Care Awards (ECAs). An initiative that rewards people, community groups and corporations for their efforts to mitigate climate change.
The ECAs, in their 8th edition this year, have gained widespread recognition and respect in the industry and the community. Out of the nearly 250 applicants who sent in their entries, nine were awarded in an event held on 13th November 2019.
JSW-TOI Earth Care Awards 2019
For Excellence in Climate Change, Mitigation & Adaptation
“Events like these not only create a buzz, but also force people to think.” This is what CK Mishra, secretary, ministry of environment, forest and climate change, opined while delivering his keynote address at the 9th Earth Care Awards, a joint initiative of JSW and The Times of India
The award function was aimed at highlighting locally evolved and climate-friendly practices in the production and consumption regimes across multiple sectors with special reference to climate change.
“Even one good work done in a corner shouldn’t remain isolated. As a society, we are extremely critical of everything and forget to celebrate success. I strongly believe if you celebrate success, you create another success (story). We must put our hands together for what is going right,” Mishra told a gathering of environmentalists, industrialists, youth climate activists and civil society members.
The Earth Care Awards recognise the actions and innovations for climate change mitigation and adaptation by communities, entrepreneurs, large-scale industries, urban bodies and women-led initiatives. The award distinguishes, verifies and promotes the replicable initiatives and interventions on emission reduction of greenhouse gases, natural resource conservation, energy efficiency improvement, development and promotion of innovative eco-friendly alternatives across various sectors.
Mishra, along with JSW Foundation chairperson Sangita Jindal, jury chair Dr RA Mashelkar and gold medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia gave awards to the winners. “We get so used to things that are adverse that we do not react. It’s time we start reacting. One of the ways to do that is by recognising good work,” Mishra said.
Shaili Chopra, the host for the evening, invited youth climate ambassadors Riddhima Pandey and Aditya Mukarji for a short, animated discussion on climate change.
Apart from four broad categories — GHG Mitigation in Large Enterprise; Innovation in Climate Action; Leadership in Urban Climate Action; and Community-based Mitigation and Adaptation in Water Resources Agriculture, Forestry, Other Land Use, Animal Husbandry and Climate Risk Proofing — a new category “Leadership of Women in Climate Action” was introduced this year. Within these five categories, there were eight awards and two commendations. The awards are technically supported by knowledge partner KPMG in India, outreach partner Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and technical and learning partner The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri).
The awardees were selected by a panel of 11 jury members, including renowned scientist RA Mashelkar, Teri director-general Ajay Mathur, International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology CEO Chandra Bhushan, former director of UNEP in Paris and chairman of Terre Policy Centre India Rajendra Shende, director of CSIRNEERI Dr Rakesh Kumar, secretary-general and CEO of World Wide Fund for Nature Ravi Singh, CII deputy director general Seema Arora, former director Research Program Asia and ICRISAT Development Centre, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, India, Suhas P Wani, founder director of Centre for Environment Education Kartikeya Sarabhai, senior partner at McKinsey Rajat Gupta and executive director at CDSA Aneeta Benninger.
Content courtesy : TOI