To create awareness about “Single-Use Plastic”, TERRE Policy Centre organised an event titled “Single-Use Plastic Free Campus” on 11th October 2021 at Amphitheatre, Fergusson College, Pune. The event was graced by the presence of H.E. Mr. Hans Jacob Frydenlund- Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Erik Solheim- Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Former Executive Director of UN Environment and Mr. Arne Jan Flølo- Consul General in Mumbai.
Organizations i.e. (Our CSR partners) such as TATA Motors and Persistent Foundation are actively working for the betterment of environment and local communities. To recognise and commemorate the work done by these organisations, TERRE felicitated Mr. Rohit Saroj, Head CSR, Pune from TATA Motors and Ms. Sonali Deshpande, Chairperson, Persistent Foundation.
The dignitaries spoke on the threat of climate change. Book of Guidelines for Single-use plastic free campus unveiled in this event. Hans Jacob Frydenlund said, “We will follow the guidelines in Delhi Embassy. To mitigate the increasing plastic pollution, long term strategy is necessary to take care. Norway can help guide India to work on the issue of Plastic pollution in oceans.”
Erik Solheim said, “To conserve nature and ecological crises, we need to use Single use Plastic free campuses. Each one of us could contribute in this mission everyday by investing in green economy, solar stations, using electrical vehicles.”
After the event, tree plantation was done by the dignitaries at the Fergusson College campus. All the dignitaries did visited SmritiVan, Warje, Pune where they interacted with local people.