SCCZ is the first college to carry out carbon footprint estimation in Arunachal Pradesh. A workshop on ‘Climate Change Mitigation & Ecosystem Resilience’ was organised by the Saint Claret College, Ziro, in collaboration with the Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of Arunachal Pradesh recently in Ziro.
The report clearly shows that the average carbon footprint of students of the college is much higher than the average footprint of India, Abhinav Kumar, divisional forest officer of Hapoli forest division, told EastMojo.
About 65 students participated in the carbon footprint exercise.
One of the most interesting sessions in the workshop was “Know your Carbon Foot Print.” This step was taken towards taking climate action at an individual level in the backdrop of the Pakke Declaration on Climate Resilient and Responsive Arunachal Pradesh. The Pakke Declaration is aimed at “climate-resilient development” in the state.
Carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) generated by our actions.
The participants were divided into groups, and each participant audited their carbon footprint through an online carbon footprint calculator.
Each student audited their carbon footprint through an online carbon footprint calculator.
The report estimated the carbon footprint of each individual based on their lifestyles. The lifestyle includes the amount spent on food, energy needs, transport, air travel etc.
Abhinav Kumar said the average carbon footprint is around in the same range as in developed countries.
“A reduction in footprint is needed. This is just making them realise it” he said.
Also, the different constituents of the total footprint reveal the highest emissions are caused on account of secondary consumerist needs.
The event also built capacity among the students to estimate their carbon footprints to enable them to adopt carbon-neutral lifestyles.
The Pakke declaration envisages a multi-sectoral approach toward low emission and climate-resilient development through five broad themes- Environment, forest and climate change, health and well being of all, sustainable and adaptive living, livelihoods and opportunities and evidence generation and collaborative action. The themes rest on 75 strategies including protecting forest cover, restoring degraded forests, reducing health vulnerability due to climate change and extreme weather events, developing master plans for all urban areas reflective of local climate change-induced risks, adopting efficient irrigation measures, and promoting entrepreneurship, among others.
Abhinav Kumar in the workshop stressed the need to develop an ecosystem that would be resilient to respond to the ongoing climate change.
Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein recently said that the impact of climate change is already visible in the state as the five major rivers – Siang, Lohit, Tirap, Subansiri and Kameng – are losing their original emerald colour and are diminishing due to an increase in turbidity. “Our river basins, thronged by large numbers of people from the neighbouring state and our people for picnics, have become a dumping ground for plastic waste which is endangering the aquatic lives in the river systems,” he pointed out.
Earlier, the workshop began with a plantation drive within the Saint Claret College campus. The workshop was attended by students and staff of SCCZ, staff and officers of Hapoli Forest Division, community leaders, representatives from Ngunu Ziro, Apatani Women’s Association of Ziro and All Ziro Gaon Bura Gaon Buri Association.
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