Chandigarh, Punjab. With the aim of consolidating public action for nature conservation, Sanrakshan, the Nature Conservation Program of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, & SIOLI (Lawyer’s Initiative for Social Responsibility) organized People’s Convention for Shaping an Environmentally Responsible Chandigarh| Roundtable with Public Associations, under their flagship campaign 'My Earth My Responsibility on Saturday, 12 Mar 2016 at Pratap Karoun Singh Hall, Kisan Bhawan, Sec 35, Chandigarh. Presidents and senior members of Housing Welfare associations and Mandir Committees and representatives of Market Associations joined the roundtable which was second in the series of consultative roundtables to be organized in the city. City Mayor Shri Arun Sood and Ex-Dy. Mayor Satish Kainth were also in attendance to discuss social and environmental issues which stand in way of realizing an environmentally responsible Chandigarh. 

Starting with an introductory exercise and iterating the gravity of current global environmental crisis through a documentary Sadhvi Aditi Bharti, Program Incharge, DJJS Sanrakshan and ascetic disciple of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, Head & Founder of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, moderating the discussion raised the some crucial questions related to the rampant environment degradation in Chandigarh in recent times. Keeping Chandigarh in focus, responsibility fixation for environmental damage, society's preparedness to face the consequences of this damage and potential future course of action were some recurring themes of the evening.

Sadhvi Manendra Bharti, Sanrakshan expert & ascetic disciple of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, gave an enlightening talk, highlighting thought process/ mindset as the root cause of the menace of anti-environment behavior in individuals. Leading the audience towards solution, she stated that “initiation into practical spirituality by the wise ones has been basis of pro- environmental behavior and living in India since time immemorial. Disconnect with the meaning of true spirituality has led to moral degradation and lapses of human- nature relationship is a consequence of the same.  Through self-realization, inter- connectedness with nature is realized, and then is a state of harmony and sense of belonging with the environment harnessed. Apprising the audience regarding the uniqueness of My Earth My Responsibility as an environmental initiative, she stated, that “Carved by the divine wisdom of His Holiness of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, Head and founder of DJJS, MEMR is the first ever campaign which brings the instrumentality of mindset transforming science, the eternal science of self-realization along with contemporary awareness generation and engagement tools to steer a society towards sustainable living”.

Shri Arun Sood, Mayor, Chandigarh in his special address, appreciated the initiative taken by the organization and stamped his support to the campaign. He talked about residents’ responsibilities and about how an effort by each one can culminate in a much greater collective effort with perceptible positive outcomes.  He also urged those present to conserve resources in general and water in particular and made a case for its judicious use.

All enthused by the initiative, the members of welfare associations, Mandir committees stamped their commitment to shouldering their individual and institutional environment responsibility and work in consonance with the campaign by signing the MEMR People’s Convention Document.

My Earth My Responsibility Chandigarh Chapter is a unique campaign aimed at sensitizing and consolidating public action for steering city beautiful Chandigarh towards being a model of environmentally responsible society in India.

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