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.
In September 2008, SPHEEHA in association with DEI University organised a workshop on Rainwater Harvesting and focussed on conservation of water in this arid region. The then DM of Agra, Mr. Anil Kumar inaugurated the workshop and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Salauddin Saifi from Centre for Science & Environment – who explained the various issues and possible solutions. With Experts joining from IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee, Individual and Community based Rainwater Harvesting was the suggested way forward. This was implemented by SPHEEHA in a big manner in the township of Dayalbagh with help from the authorities.
In 2007, SPHEEHA conducted its first seminar – SEAIS. Seminar on Environment of Agra: Issues and Solutions. It was the right way of making a start by identifying the issues and discussing possible solutions that plagued the city and continues to do so. From Taj Mahal to Potable water supply, the dying river Yamuna to Solid Waste Management – all possible issues were discussed under a single roof with a battery of experts for the first time in the history of this city.
‘Say no to Plastic bags’ campaign by SPHEEHA was a major success in 2007 as a result of this conference