Climate change requires attention: Dr.Olson at Spandana 2020

Team Udayavani, Jan 23, 2020, 4:02 PM IST

Mangaluru: “Spandana 2020 – Responding to Realities” An International Conference on “Social Response to Climate Change” was inaugurated by Dr. Lars Eric Olson, Associate Professor of Social Work, Ersta, Skondal University, Stockholm – Sweden at School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya today.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Olson stressed on the points of climate change. He stated that science has concluded that the weather has changed. He blamed human activities for their usage of extreme energy that leads to climate change in the environment.

He further stated about the huge expense incurred due to the damages, which is 12% GDP which can otherwise be utilised to help millions of underprivileged people. He voiced a clarion call to the delegates and students present, to make necessary sacrifices in order to promise a better future and safer future for all life on Earth. He concluded the session by stating that the 17 year old Greta was his role model as she was the young rebel to stand against the climate change.

The college principal Dr. Juliet C J in her presidential address mentioned that a student consortium will soon be in effect to address and discuss climate change. Climate is the average weather and weather refers to a particular climatic pattern in a specific region. There is a difference between these two terms. Due to the severity in heat levels an irregularity in vegetation has been observed. Walk the talk and embrace an eco friendly life style is the need of the hour, she added.

The Organising Secretary Ms. Asha Albuqurque Pai while introducing the theme of the conference highlighted that Climate change is a severe problem which everyone must take seriously because the stakes are higher and the risks are more severe. Saving the planet has become ever-challenging due to complicated and bitter politics in the name of urban development. Further, she stressed on the need for Social workers possessing skills for change and are capable of being active catalysts for a better world.

Dr. Meena Monteiro, Dean, PG Dept of Social Work welcomed the gathering and Ms. Rishika Ramanand, Secretary, student council proposed the vote of thanks. The Founder Principal of the college Dr. Olinda Pereira graced the occasion.

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