EarthCare Awards Adds Renewable Energy Category in Tenth Edition | Delhi News

One week before the closing date, the importance of the tenth edition of the EarthCare Awards, a joint initiative of the Times of India and JSW, cannot be overstated, as climate change wreaks havoc on weather systems and the means subsistence in a world ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Unusual weather activity, such as Delhi experiencing its wettest January on record, or the unusual warming of the Arabian Sea by about 1.5 times that of the rest of the world’s oceans, resulting in unusual hurricanes on the west coast of India, are phenomena that need to give the subcontinent and the island nations of the region a break.
Earthcare is the need of the hour. Initiatives that help communities adapt to extreme climate, efforts that build resilience, programs that stop the slide into climate crises all fall under Earthcare.
In recognition of climate initiatives, the EarthCare Awards were inaugurated in 2008. In 2012, after realizing that no nation can fight climate change alone, the awards were extended to SAARC countries.
Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment won the award for wide-ranging collaboration between the ministries of forestry, agriculture and fisheries to address coastal vulnerabilities. A Sri Lankan NGO has been awarded for solid waste management to reduce methane emissions in Galle. From Uttarakhand, a state that suffers from landslides, flash floods and an erosion of environmental integrity, the 127 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Garhwal Eco Warriors won for their Badrivan Project – a exemplary eco-restoration and reforestation activity in the Mana Valley. The Minister of Forests had declared: “Environment and growth are not two distinct cultures. There can only be development if the integrity of the land is preserved.
Each edition, the awards recognize relevant actions taken by governments, nonprofits, community groups and businesses. This year, a new category has been created: companies in the field of renewable energies. The other categories are 1. city-centric climate change management, 2. business leadership in climate action, 3. women-led climate initiatives, and 4. innovation in climate action.
Entries will be vetted by a stellar jury comprised of RA Mashelkar, former CEO, CSIR, Arunabha Ghosh from CEEW, Chandra Bhushan from iFOREST, Shloka Nath from India Climate Collaborative and Rajat Gupta from McKinsey. Grant Thornton is Knowledge Partner for the Input Measurement Framework. The last day for receipt of entries is February 20, 2022. Full entry details at https://earthcareawards.com.