On the eve of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, i.e., the 12th of October 2019, the International Institute of Disaster Management (IIDM) organized a Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Resilience at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
St Columba’s School was represented at this conference by the Disaster Management incharges of the three wings, Mrs. Pooja Arora, Mrs. Manju Rawat and Mr. Ramakant.
The key objective of the conference was knowledge sharing on issues pertaining to Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development with special emphasis on environmental and climate change related issues.
Eminent speakers were invited to share their views and advice on environment conservation. They addressed the alarming climatic change and the adverse effects on the environment due to cutting down of trees, depleting water levels, melting glaciers, unexpected floods in drought prone areas, etc.
This was followed by a panel talk on various topics like waste management, technological advancement in the field of disaster management and strategies for disaster risk resilience.
The session was an attempt to engage stakeholders in disaster management debates and bring the threat of disaster impact to the forefront of public discourse. The conference was a platform to raise awareness on how various organizations are working towards building a disaster resilient community.
It enlightened us on how as teachers we can create and generate awareness about environmental issues amongst students from the grass root level and work towards saving the environment from both natural and man-made disasters.
It was indeed a fruitful and enriching experience.