Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot flags off CSE's annual conclave

Three-day Anil Agarwal Dialogue 2020 also kicked off; State of India's Environment report launched

By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Monday 10 February 2020
Launch of State of India's Environment by Ashok Gehlot and Sunita Narain. Photo: Vikas Chaudhary / CSE

Climate change is not a distant future; it is here and now — this is a message that was delivered by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Down To Earth (DTE) in Rajasthan, a state that has faced some extreme fresults of the global phenomenon recently.

DTE’s Annual State of India’s Environment Report 2020 was released at Delhi-based non-profit CSE’s annual media conclave on February 9, 2020 at the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) in Nimli, Alwar district. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot earlier inaugurated the conclave and the Anil Agarwal Dialogue 2020 in the memory of the CSE’s founder.

Gehlot, impressed with AAETI, laid out how his government is trying to follow the “green path”. Rajasthan is among the states suffering deadly locust swarms, a fallout of global warming. A worsening environment was also blamed for the poisoning and death of flocks of migratory birds at the state’s Sambhar lake.

The three-day conclave tries to “bring together journalists and writers interested in covering environment and development issues, with some of the country’s top experts,” said CSE director general and DTE editor Sunita Narain.

On the cards are key sessions on:

  • Climate change
  • Air pollution and sustainable mobility
  • Renewable energy
  • Food
  • Solid waste management
  • Forests and wildlife

All these areas have been examined in the report on the state of India’s environment in detail by domain experts.

Breathing Space, CSE’s latest report on air pollution, will be released on February 10 by Bhure Lal, chairperson of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.

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