Minister for external affairs, Sushma Swaraj, while speaking at the concluding ceremony of the two-day workshop on ‘Global warming and Climate Change: Towards a Solution’ at the Vidhan Sabha auditorium in Bhopal, said that a lasting solution to the problem of global warming cannot be found unless people change their lifestyles and adopt the Indian way of living.
The workshop was part of a series of workshops being held in the run-up to the Simhastha fair, which will be conducted next year. Swaraj stressed on the importance of imparting knowledge through dharma and including scientific knowledge in the explanations.
She went on to extol the virtues of practices such as planting tulsi saplings and plastering the inside of houses with cow dung, as people did in ancient times.
She said that the difference between western and Indian cultures was that the former distinguished between nature and man while the latter saw them as one.
The minister also agreed with speaker Sitasharan Sharma who had earlier said that the two challenges being faced in the world are climate change and terrorism, and said that while terrorism involved man attacking man, climate change was a result of man attacking the environment.
She ended her speech by saying that a 3-point resolution based on the questions, “what can I do?”, “What can we do?” and “What can everyone do?” about global warming and climate change should be adopted for the Kumbh to be held at Ujjain.
Earlier, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that instead of focusing on large industries that have a big investment cost but do not generate employment, the MP government is focusing on small and micro industries as they generate employment.
He said that a Kumbh based on themes of cleanliness, agriculture, beti bachao and small and micro industries will be held at Ujjain.
Echoing Swaraj’s sentiments, speaker Sitasharan Sharma also advocated a return to culture-based approaches to find the solution to problems such as global warming and climate change.