June 17: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham joined more than 15 others with the European Union and signed the “Green Pledge”, extending commitment to adopt a number of sustainable measures including reducing plastic use, managing waste responsibly and reducing water and electricity consumption.
Alongside Amrita, sports associations, universities, civil society organizations, industry partners & service providers signed the Green Pledge and joined the #LeadTheGreenChange campaign, which was launched by the European Union Delegation to India and the European Union Member States in New Delhi.
Building on the ‘Green Pledge’ adopted on the World Environment Day in 2018, the Delegation launched a social media campaign, “Lead the Green Change”, thereby inviting the general public, institutions, associations, corporates and universities to join in to reduce their carbon footprint and greening the planet.
The Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union to India, Mr. Raimund Magis, said “Both the EU and India are committed to sustainability and circular economy. By joining our efforts, we can make significant contribution towards sustainable development.”
Amrita University representative Dr. Shyam Diwakar, added “Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, following the inspiration of Chancellor Mata Amritanandamayi Devi has been leading sustainability and nature harmony efforts by involving students and communities in planting trees, recycling organic wastes, treating waste dump regions with biologically natural methods, advanced research towards waste water treatment and reuse and plastic degradation. The University started amala bharatam clean-up campaigns even before Swacch Bharat Abhyaan, building 12,000+ toilets and training women to build and maintain them across India.”
The partners who signed the Green Pledge include Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), four leading universities, namely Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Jadavpur University, Savitribai Phule University, and Assam Don Bosco University, three Delhi-based luxury hotels -The Park, The Oberoi and The Lodi Hotel; leading civil society and developmental organizations including Development Alternatives, Project Mumbai, International Institute of Waste Management, Karo Sambhav, the Holy Cow Box, Ploggers of India and regional sports associations including Karnataka State Cricket Association, Goa Football Association and Assam Cricket Association.