50 Years of Earth Day 2020 Celebrated through an International Webinar 21-23 April

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ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) Iran organized an International Webinar on Earth Day 2020. The Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection of the planet. This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the Earth day. The International Webinar was conducted in three sessions spread over three days from April 21, 2020 to April 23, 2020.

It is important to mention here that human activities and excessive use of fossil fuels have had severe impact on the planet earth. This year’s theme was “Climate Action” which laid great emphasis on the need to take drastic and immediate action.

Dr. Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, the President of ECO-IEST based in Tehran- Iran moderated the entire webinar during three sessions. The 12 Webinar speakers were; senior environmentalists, climate change experts, agricultural scientists, education and water resource experts including the President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro. Over 300 other participants from different parts of the world also joined the online seminar.

The webinar discussed a number of complex challenges of changing climate, and how these impacts extend well beyond an increase in temperature, affecting ecosystems and communities around the world. During the sessions, the discussion centered around sustainability of planet and issues, such as water, science education, energy, transportation, wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, and human health.

During the first session held on April 21, 2020, President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro delivered his talk on “Climate Change and School Education”. He emphasized that Science Education plays a critical role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and putting into practice a global agreement on climate change. By raising awareness and promoting knowledge and skills-development, science education is an essential component and a catalyst for responding to global climate change, he added. Prof. Soomro highlighted some of the important initiatives undertaken by the Foundation to promote science education at schools to address the Climate Change in the ECO region. He also appreciated the efforts undertaken by the global scientific community, including the InterAcademy Partnership Science Education Program (IAP SEP) and La main à la pâte (LAMAP) Foundation of France. Prof. Soomro called for taking distinctive measures to include a number of aspects of climate change in school curricula and in their respective national development agendas. He also stressed upon the global ownership and promotion of climate change education and epidemic prevention as part of school curriculum under the auspices of UNESCO.

The sessions were followed by questions and answers where experts, speakers and participants interacted on a number of issues relating to the climate actions and mitigation to protect the mother Earth.

The complete webinar sessions can be accessed through below weblinks

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