New Delhi: The progress in the field of science and technology has, directly and indirectly, resulted in the problem of environmental degradation and depletion. “This is a major problem that is often underestimated for two reasons,” according to Dr Ramesh Bijlani, a spiritual seeker at Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi branch.
“One is the attitude of complacency, and the second is the attitude of an individual not doing anything towards progress because of the thought that everybody else is doing so, a single person’s actions won’t matter,” he said.
Dr Bijlani was speaking at the “Amritam” – Sustainable Awards 2022″, an event to acclaim those organizations and individuals who put forward their best version to help the nation withstand crises and drive sustainable growth to improve the quality of life, here on June 4, 2022.
He further added that all life forms are manifestations of the divine. The extra fraction of human manifestation was the one that has created all the problems related to human existence. The solution, he said, was to go beyond the present stage of evolution. “Man has the capacity to evolve through his own efforts. So when this happens, the level of consciousness goes up and a shift can be seen from ego-driven personality to love,” he said.
Institutional Awards for various categories like Sustainable Technology, Sustainable Best Practices, Sustainable Business, Sustainable Agriculture, Eco-Friendly Products, and Sustainable Business Awards-Best Business Consulting for Social Enterprises were awarded.
Indrani Ghosh, Founder-Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Yoga and Knowledge Foundation, said divinity should be considered the ultimate objective of life.
Speaking on the occasion, Rakesh Khatri, known as ‘Nestman’, shared his experience on sustainability and how he constructed 1.25 lakh nests using bamboo sticks, jute thread, and husks, which were lightweight and could be hung.
Dr Shrikant Panigrahi, Director General, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi shared his experience on how people were behind materialistic stuff and only some were focusing on divinity. He further talked about the evolution of the thinking process and the need to come together and contribute to ensure environmental sustainability.
Paulias Korni, Officer of the Order of the British Empire and High Commissioner, Papua New Guinea in New Delhi, emphasised that all were accountable for climate change as citizens of this world. V. Ramgopal Rao Professor & Former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, stressed the need to follow the concept of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle at the individual, institutional and national levels.
– global bihari bureau