In 2013, a number of people were already aware about Environmental Damage. SPHEEHA had already worked upon the concept of an Eco-Village and the members felt it was time to look at our Consumption levels. Thus a Seminar was organised on Consumption levels, Environmental Damage & Sustainable Settlements. It was unique and the Chief Guest was Dr. Anil Kakodkar – Chairman Solar Energy Corporation of India and Former Chairman, Atomic Energy. He was pleased to observe that SPHEEHA and residents of Dayalbagh Township in Agra – which had seen a lot of inputs being put by SPHEEHA was working on the principle of reducing needs and thus towards sustainable development. The Seminar was lauded by national media and the work of SPHEEHA was now reaching to people beyond Agra.
SPHEEHA had his roots firmly grounded with its various activities and it increased it engagement with the citizens of Agra via its Annual Painting Competition, Its one day Workshop – Agra Beyond Taj, its annual celebration of Wetland Day and Tree Plantation activities & training of students and youth. This ensured that work of SPHEEHA was spread evenly with-in all spheres of society and was appreciated by all.
In 2011, SPHEEHA took the concept of an EcoVillage to the next level and organised a workshop on the Concept of EcoVillage – A Role Model for Sustainable Environment and Development. The proceedings of the conference is cited as a bible on the subject by many. It has been published by Tata McGraw Hill and is available for sale via them. Copies of the same are also available from SPHEEHA office.
In 2010, SPHEEHA continued it work of implementing Rainwater Harvesting systems in and around Dayalbagh township in Agra and to keep a check on the systems and process also held a Seminar on Water, Climate Change and Concept of Eco-Village/Eco-City. You would be glad to know that the township of Dayalbagh has now been declared as an Eco-Village.
The Seminar reiterated that water is one of the basic resources of life on this Blue Planet covering two thirds of its surface. The continual renewal of water is performed by the world’s hydrological cycle. Today we face the problem of water management on account of its overuse, misuse and increasing demand. Getting water from where it is to where it is needed, and keeping it clean, would help in its sustainable management. Agriculture, industry and urbanized regions could not exist without using tremendous quantities of water, polluting a lot in the process, and lowering the water table to precarious levels. Water also moderates the weather, making it possible for temperature restricted chemistry of life. Therefore proper management of water is a prime necessity. Like human life, it needs continuous thought and attention. It is high time to start conserving and protecting water usage and conservation of water, the planet’s most precious resource, before the wells of life run dry. Thus we can live without water-woes.
On March 1, 2009 SPHEEHA organised a Seminar on Facing the Challenges of Climatic Change and Global Warming. It was a again a gigantic step taken by SPHEEHA to focus on global issues and the impact it has on a city like Agra.
In India, climate change could represent additional pressure on ecological and socio-economic systems that are already under stress due to rapid urbanisation, industrialization, and economic development. With its huge and growing population, long densely populated and low lying coastlines, and an economy that is closely tied to its natural resource base, India is considerably vulnerable to the impacts of climate Change. An increase by 2% global temperature will result in major agricultural impacts in India. The present wheat producing states like Punjab, Haryana and western UP (where Agra is geographically located) will be affected by low productivity.