West Bengal, India | Photo credit: Radhimbh Bardhan / Unsplash

26th May 2023

Promoting Sustainable Human Behavior in India

  • Sustainability & climate change

On 23 February 2023, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) Chairperson, Vishesh Gupta, participated in a roundtable titled “Circular Economy and Green Supply Chains,” which was part of the World Sustainable Development Summit 2023. Held from 22–24 February at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi, the summit was organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a New Delhi-based research institute, and was linked to India’s G20 Presidency later in 2023.

Vishesh Gupta stressed the importance of sustainable human behavior and empowerment for individuals to live sustainably. To do so, he recommended focusing on grassroots efforts, sustainability education and promoting the power of even a single individual to effect change.

The roundtable was chaired by Dr. Atul Narayan Vaidya, Director of the CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI), and other participants including Perses Bilimoria, Founder and CEO of Earth Soul India, and environmentalist Dr. Ashok Khosla. Recommendations from the roundtable were presented in a proposal to the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests.

On 22 April, Earth Day, BSG participated in an event organized by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for their #100DaystoBeatPlastic campaign. BSG’s #SayNOtoPlastic campaign and song were introduced at the event. The campaign promotes not using plastic bags, bottles and other plastic products.

On 26 April 2023, BSG organized its second Sustainability Conclave titled “Goals to Action: Through Sustainable Human Behaviour” at the Chinmaya Mission Auditorium in New Delhi. Nearly 4,000 people attended the hybrid event that featured the “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality” (SOHA) exhibition, a joint initiative of the SGI and the Earth Charter International. TERI Director General Dr. Vibha Dhawan delivered the keynote address.

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Part of BSG’s “Say NO to Plastic” campaign, this song encapsulates the campaign’s message to take a stand against plastic and establish sustainable practices.