Cuttack: Sri Sri University’s Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies (FCMS) hosted the global observance of 24 Hours Reality. This event is observed around the world by Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of USA, Mr. Al Gore’s think-and-do tank The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) to create awareness on climate change and train people to understand, prevent and mitigate the ill effects of climate change. This year the ’24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action has been observed to increase the length and breadth of the global conversation on the truth of the climate crisis and how people can solve it.
Prof Prafulla Kumar Dhal, the Odisha lead of the Climate Reality Project was the Chief Guest who addressed the students and faculty members of the university on the realities of climate change and how is it affecting the world, India and more specifically the state of Odisha. Citing examples of Al Gore, Greta Thunberg and thousands of Climate Reality leaders Prof Dhal invited young students of management and public policy to join him and work in priority areas like energy conservation, rainwater harvesting and in minimizing the individual carbon footprint.
He thanked Sri Sri University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh, President Ms. Rajita Kulkarni and FCMS Dean Prof Srinivas Subbarao for creating a unique trilateral partnership to develop the Sri Sri University Resource Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education and Practice at the University in collaboration with the Climate Reality Project (USA), India and the Sparsh Foundation of JK Paper. Highlighting how there are not enough trained professionals in the areas of climate change, sustainability and CSR, he advised students to focus on climate change and sustainability studies which offer immense opportunities for business leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs.
Acknowledging Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s gracious launch of the centre a few weeks ago, Prof Dhal shared his ideas on how several projects can be undertaken in collaboration with students and professors and identified how the centre is planning to carry forward GuruJi’s philosophy and work in the areas of environment and sustainability.