Good Air Summit: Indian culture & improvement in climate

Former Judge & Head of Delhi Forest Committee Najmi Waziri addresses the Good Air Summit held by IHW Council in New Delhi and discusses the contribution of legal courts and common people in saving the environment on Friday, June 8.

| Updated: 08 June, 2024 4:05 pm IST
Najmi Waziri at the Good Air Summit
Najmi Waziri at the Good Air Summit

New Delhi: Former Judge & Head of Delhi Forest Committee Najmi Waziri addresses the Good Air Summit held by IHW Council in New Delhi and discusses the contribution of legal courts and common people in saving the environment on Friday, June 8.

Waziri shares some stories he came across during his legal career including the story of Insaaf Baagh in Delhi where people plant a tree as their atonement.The names “Insaaf Bagh” and “Maafib Baagh” originated from a series of directives issued by the Delhi High Court. These directives required various parties to plant new saplings in the Delhi ridge instead of having First Information Reports (FIR) filed against them nullified.
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Talking about the contribution of common people Waziri said, ‘To change the environment, angels won’t come, common people will have to take the initiative.’

He added that people have forgotten Indian culture and tradition. He also suggested that everyone should mark a plant or tree near their house as their favourite and water it daily, like earlier when people used to water ‘Tulsi’ or ‘peepal’ every morning.

Another speaker at the same event, Ashish Sharma of Akums Drugs & Pharmaceuticals adds that Indians should go back to the old ways, like how they used to get water when there were no water bottles.

In an exclusive conversation with  The New Indian, he also emphasized the importance of individuals calculating their daily CO2 emissions and seeking alternatives to reduce them. As an example, he mentioned that approximately 100 kg of energy was emitted when he traveled to attend the Good Air Summit. As a measure to offset this emission, he plans to plant four trees.

The event was also graced by Mr. Ashish Sharma of Akums Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. who emphasized the rich resources and traditions that we Indians can adopt from our ancient days. He highlights the very fact that we Indians should go back to the old days when water was easily accessible in its purest form through rivers and lakes next to our villages.

In an exclusive conversation with The New Indian, he also emphasized the importance of individuals calculating their daily CO2 emissions and seeking alternatives to reduce them. As an example, he mentioned that approximately 100 kgCO2e of emissions were emitted during his travel to and from the Good Air Summit. As a measure to offset this emission, he plans to plant native trees and actively propagate the idea of conservation and responsible consumption.

The Good Air Summit held multiple panel discussions with leaders in air quality improvement from various fields such as research, policy, activism, and industry to redefine sustainability. The summit also awarded leaders with the  aim to inspire others to take action and implement innovative solutions to improve air quality worldwide.

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