The panel discussion on Saving the Earth : Science and Rationality in a Time of Madness stood out for its contextual relevance and political appropriateness. With eminent panellists lined up for the session, moderated by Pranay Lal, the session emphasised the inevitability of a sustainable outlook of development.
Richard Mahapatra explained the most dreaded fact that science and politics can never be seperated. "Cultural and muscular science that is widely being talked about in this country is not to be appreciated. Invariably everyone becomes the victim of climate change it is extremely important to place the topic in mainstream debates," stated the speaker.
Dr. Navroz focused on climatic change as an important and consequential concept and held the opinion that with the rest of the world going forward to a low carbon future, India must necessarily have the needed flexibility to choose her path. Prerna Bindra made it clear that the green wash by planting trees won't be a complete solution for the problems we face. She deeply criticized the endeavours like Rally for Rivers which is truly unscientific in all aspects. George Thomas stated that accessibility and affordability are the two major aspects that should be in focus when we talk about cleaner agricultural technologies. The session concluded on the note that accepting this as a national problem in all its complexity will facilitate the government to find a solution to improve the system.