WEBINAR ON CLIMATE JUSTICE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: RANDOM REFLECTIONS
10 May 2020
School of Legal Studies, K.R.Mangalam University organised a webinar on the topic – “CLIMATE JUSTICE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: RANDOM REFLECTIONS” by Dr. Arvind Jasrotia. The webinar started by Dr. Kaveri Sharma, Coordinator, SOLS addressing the chief guest and briefing the students about the topic and she handed over to Sara Yadav student of BBALLB 3rd year for hosting the entire event.
Dr. Arvind Jasrotia during his interaction highlighted the fact that human activities motivated by an attitude of rampant consumerism and unsustainable patterns of production and consumption have never been as inhumane and callous towards environment as in the modern era of scientific and technological innovations. Climate change has become the defining human development challenge for the 21st century that represents the greatest existential threat for humankind and non-human nature. Referring to IPCC-AR5 and latest scientist’s reports he said that we are entering a new human-dominated geological epoch called the Anthropocene which will amplify demands on our ailing regulatory institutions, including law and its constructs, such as human rights.
He also highlighted the importance of principle of CBDR-RC in the quest for climate justice in recently concluded Paris Agreement. Referring to COVID-19 outbreak, he stated that this is an unprecedented situation around the globe but at the same time it has humbled humankind to somberly reflect what havoc a tiny virus can cause. This has also given us an opportunity to chart a sustainable pathway in harmony with nature. Nature ought to be protected for her own sake and we must follow ecocentric approach for nature protection. Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis. Humanity was placing too many pressures on the natural world with damaging consequences and warned that failing to take care of the planet meant not taking care of ourselves. Referring to various cases filed against China, Prof. Jasrotia also discussed relevant articles of International Health Regulations, WHO and Draft articles on State responsibility which are relevant to make China accountable for this pandemic.
Dr.Inderpreet Kaur gave vote of thanks to the guest, panellist and the participants.