In the able leadership of the Chief Minister Madhya Pradesh Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Government of Madhya Pradesh is organizing a Climate Change Conference on 21st and 22nd November at Bhopal, MP, India. The Conference aims at discussing the role of cultural traditions of India and other South Asian countries and their possible contribution in re-imagining solutions to the climate crisis and promoting sustainable development.
This year will mark two important events, which have the potential of defining the future of the world. First is the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (in September) and second, a possible adoption of a new global agreement on climate change (which exhorts all countries irrespective of their social and economic conditions and their contribution to the crisis to contribute to climate stabilization) at Paris in December.
As we approach Paris, people all over the world are getting increasingly disillusioned by the anthropocentric approach to development, promise of the politics and justice of the market to deliver a sustainable solution to climate crisis. Science dominated by politics and economics has also failed to provide solutions, which will go beyond looking at only material gains as progress and development. The conference thus envisages evolving a re-imagined outlook towards climate change and practical solutions, ingrained in the rich cultural traditions, to the climate crises and promoting sustainable development to be presented to the world community at Paris.
This conference will be followed up with another which the MP Govt will organize during the Simhastha Kumbh in April 2016, which is looked at as “Vaicharik Mahakumbh” (Great confluence of ideas). Kumbh is a religious gathering where millions of Indians gather to show their reverence for the rivers. It takes place 4 times every twelve years. The Kumbh held at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is known as Simhastha Kumbh. Millions people visit Simhastha Kumbh and this year it is expected that Simhastha will be visited by 50 million people. The Simhastha is also an opportunity to understand how the cultural practises have been instrumental in maintaining balance between human and nature. The Conference will also provide a platform to talk about the social and environmental values of this great tradition and largest congregation of humans on the earth