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शाश्वत सह-अस्तित्त्व: कशासाठी?

मनुष्यप्राण्याची प्रत्येक पिढी स्वतःचा विकास करण्यासाठी धडपडत असते: भौतिक विकास, आर्थिक विकास, आपल्या ज्ञानकक्षांचा विकास, आणि आत्मिक/अध्यात्मिक स्वरूपाचा विकास. 

आपल्या सर्वात नवीन पिढीचे सरासरी आयुष्यमान ७० वर्षांपेक्षाही जास्त आहे. १९५० मध्ये हे फक्त ४८ वर्षे होते आणि १९०० साली फक्त ३१ वर्षे. प्रत्येक पिढीने जास्त वेळ तगून राहायचा प्रयत्न केला, आपले सरासरी आयुष्यमान वाढवत नेले, आणि मानवी संस्कृतीच्या प्रगतीवर आपली मोहोर उमटविली. खरंच, आपण खूप काही साध्य केलंय. 

पण आपण नक्की काय आणि कसं साध्य केलंय?

आपली भौतिक प्रगती, आपली वृद्धिंगत होणारी संपत्ती आणि आर्थिक वाढ ही नैसर्गिक संसाधनांचा बळी देऊनच उभी राहिली आहे. आपले अर्थशास्त्र एका मूलभूत पण चुकीच्या संकल्पनेवर उभारलेले आहे: उत्तरोत्तर वाढत जाणाऱ्या जागतिक लोकसंख्येच्या अगणित गरजा व चोचले हे पृथ्वी या ग्रहावरील मर्यादित अशा नैसर्गिक संसाधनांमधून कायम पुरविले जाणार आहेत. 

तार्किक आणि नैतिक निकषांवर नापास होणारी ही संकल्पना आणि त्यामुळे निर्माण झालेल्या अनेकानेक समस्या याबद्दल आपण कधी थांबून विचारच केला नाही. 

शाश्वत सह-अस्तित्त्व हा आपल्यासाठी एका नवीन मार्गाचा शोध आहे. शाश्वत सह-अस्तित्त्व म्हणजे सामान्य नागरिकांच्या विचार-आचारांमध्ये एक सर्वंकष दृष्टिकोन निर्माण करणे. त्यात निसर्गप्रती आपापली जबाबदारी, सर्वांसाठी स्वस्थ आणि आनंदी जीवन, समता, आणि पर्यावरणीय न्याय व नीती यांचा समावेश आहे.

Why Sustainability

Each successive generation of human beings has pursued growth in multiple dimensions: material growth, economic growth, growth in collective knowledge, and spiritual growth.

Our recent generations have an average global lifespan of some 70+ years, while it was only 48 years in 1950 and 31 years in 1900. Each generation has first tried to make sure it survives, and then make a mark on the ongoing ‘progress’ of the human civilization. Indeed, we have progressed a lot.

But, have we?

Most of our material well-being, surplus wealth, and economic growth has come at the cost of natural resources. Our economics has led us to the false belief that the infinite wants of an ever-growing human population can be satisfied by the finite ecological capacity of the planet. We have never stopped to think about this logical and moral disconnect and the plethora of problems it has created.

Sustainability is about this much-needed course correction. It is about instilling a holistic view among citizens about human life, well-being and our responsibility to the planet.

 

About EcoUniv

Our goal is to enrich environmental thought and help in a roadmap to sustainability. We conduct courses, lectures,  knowledge dissemination, market research, and consulting along the various facets of sustainability:

  • Environmental problems and awareness e.g. Climate Change, Species Extinction, Soil and Water Crisis
  • History of nature and man: Economics, Technology and energy use, Agriculture, Industrialization, Globalization, Natural resource and land use
  • Food, health, and medicine
  • Sustainability: Ecological footprint, responsible consumption, changes to the economic system, spirituality, policy changes, educational changes, technology and energy, agriculture, green careers, etc

Yogesh Pathak  founded EcoUniv in Pune in 2017. He brings  experience of 25+ years across business, technology, entrepreneurship, environmental education, research, and non-profit work.

We involve experts from various fields related to sustainability to participate in building awareness.

 

Our work

The broad set of EcoUniv activities includes

  • Sustainability workshops for corporates
  • Lectures and workshops for college students and faculty, government employees, and school teachers
  • Contests and workshops for school kids
  • Activities, videos, and case studies are part of most of our sessions.

 

In addition, we conduct

  • Market research related to environmental issues and solutions
  • Consultancy services related to Sustainability
  • Development of a network of vendors for greens products and services

 

Blog

EcoUniv Weekend Reads: June 2021

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #69 6 June 2021 Man & Nature: The Soliga community struggles to save its old ways of living while adapting to modernity. https://www.firstpost.com/india/the-soligas-navigate-modernity-pushed-to-forests-periphery-at-risk-of-losing-traditions-and-adjusting-to-the-city-9678081.html Research – Species: How an Elephant’s Trunk Manipulates Air to Eat and Drink. Article: https://coe.gatech.edu/news/2021/06/how-elephants-trunk-manipulates-air-eat-and-drink/ Research: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsif.2021.0215   Research – Species: The mockingbird’s song(s) have been decoded. Article: https://phys.org/news/2021-06-mockingbird-song-decoded.html …

EcoUniv Weekend Reads: May 2021

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #64 2 May 2021   Mammals: Brain sizes in mammals evolved as a results of many complex factors. “The largest-brained mammals achieved large relative brain sizes by highly divergent paths”. Article: https://phys.org/news/2021-04-scientists-re-evaluating-relative-brain-size.html Research article: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/18/eabe2101   Ecological engineering: Wild horses and donkeys dig “wells” up to 6 feet deep in deserts. This …

EcoUniv Weekend Reads: April 2021

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #60 4 Apr 2021   Alternative Living: Bhutan’s adoption of Gross National Happiness is fervently celebrated by environmentalists. But does anyone bother to read a critical point of view? Here’s one such article. http://www.gsdmagazine.org/the-false-promises-of-bhutans-gross-national-happiness/ Pollution: A primer on the important greenhouse gases and their sources (slide show) https://www.allianz.com/en/press/extra/knowledge/environment/140912-fifteen-sources-of-greenhouse-gases.html Animal Behavior: Do animals …

Contact

Please write to ecouniv.in@gmail.com if

  • You would like to explore an EcoUniv Course, Workshop, Lecture, or other educational activity,
  • You would like to discuss Market Research or Consultancy related to sustainability
  • You are an expert in environmental issues and solutions, and would like to be on EcoUniv’s network of teachers
  • As a student, you wish to complete an Independent Study with guidance from EcoUniv
  • You would like to explore any other partnership with EcoUniv