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.
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.
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.