Creating Livable Planet Earth: The Challenge
In the past century and half, ever since humanity embarked on the industrial revolution the Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere has increased by over 30%. Intra-state, or civil conflicts have more than doubled since the end of the second World War in 1945. Today the world rapidly is eating into the stocks of fuel, gas, coal, uranium and even water – and even the quality air is a matter of crisis in many of the largest cities in the world.
In 2015, the city of Shanghai and Beijing, a population of over 3.4 crores and 1.4 crores respectively, had to be “shut down” for several days due to over pollution leading into thick smog. The most ancient cities created by humanity in Syria and other Middle East regions are today struck down by continuous conflict. In 2016, a dumpyard in Mumbai, the largest in the world, caught fire whose smoke trail was visible from outer space. And all this while, the gap between the rich and poor is so intense that “Eighty-five people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together.”
Man-disturbed nature and man-created conflicts are together bringing the planet we call home into peril. Are young of today, and even more the children not even born as yet, inheriting a planet which will remain habitable for humankind?
How to make the planet earth livable is the agenda of the conclave.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in his last lecture on the topic and elsewhere had focused on:
- Keeping air breathable
- Water conservation
- Soil and agriculture
- Sustainable products and services
- Rural development and social enterprise
- A safer and happier world for women and children
- State of human conflicts and terrorism
- Role of media in building a better world
- Spiritual bridge connecting humanity
All these nine pillars shall be the cornerstones of the 2017 conclave which will have a special focus on the path of entrepreneurship for a livable, happy and sustainable earth. It will be a continuation of the class, which Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam left behind him, as a challenge and as an opportunity. The students of this class will be selected on merit and action. Each of these sections will be handled by eminent speakers, panels and workshops in an exciting and yet thoughtful two days classes – corresponding exactly to the last Lecture of Dr. Kalam which was supposed to be conducted a couple of years back.