Lucknow: A Media sensitization workshop was organized by the state’s Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) Dr. Arun Kumar Saxena at Hotel Clark Avadh by the Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in collaboration with Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The workshop was inaugurated by lighting the lamp. On this occasion, Saxena released a report on Emission Inventory and Source Contribution of PM 2.5.
In the workshop, the Environment Minister said that today global warming is not the problem of only one country, but it is a problem of the whole world. He said that our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been alerting the whole world about global warming. It is very important to stop global warming.
He said that “in today’s era environment should be our first priority and “Panchasutra” should be adopted. Media has the power to awaken people by sharing right knowledge and creating awareness because media is the fourth pillar of the constitution.
Addressing the workshop, Additional Chief Secretary Environment, Forest and Climate Change Manoj Singh said that it is the responsibility of all of us to maintain environmental balance. He said that it is the duty of all of us to save the earth from global warming. Singh said that various programs are being run by the department to create environmental protection and balance. He said that it is very necessary to reach the information of these schemes to the general public.
Dr. Vibha Dhawan (DG TERI), Mamta Sanjeev Dubey, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, GoUP, Manoj Singh ACS EF&CC and Ashish Tiwari were also present to address the media in the workshop. TERI Vice Chancellor Prateek Sharma and IIT Kanpur Professor Dr. Mukesh Sharma shared technical information on the emission inventory to the media.
Dr Pratik Sharma said, “Identifying the sources of air pollution is the first step to combat air pollution and media has the power to reach out to the people with the right information to create awareness.
The workshop focused on the trans-border nature of air pollution, highlighting the need for collective accountability and collective action. It aims to enable journalists to understand, analyze and report air pollution from science, policy and public health perspectives, and to increase media engagement with the issue at national, state and city levels.