GreenKarbon Talk By Sir Robert Swan At St. Xaviers College, Mumbai At 10 a.m On January 14, 2011
Father Frazer Masceranas and the faculty of St. Xaviers College invited Sanctuary Asia to organise a talk by Sir Robert Swan OBE, titled Walk the Talk, as a part of GreenKarbon, the Deutsche Bank-Sanctuary Asia biodiversity and climate programme. Dr. Vivian Amonkar, vice principal of the college introduced the speakers and Father Frazer Masceranas spoke about the many environmental initiatives the college had initiated. Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia introduced the GreenKarbon concept and invited Reshma Piramal, an ex-student, to inform the audience of around 300 students about Sir Robert's mission and his plan to the "Run for the Tiger" during the Mumbai Marathon on January 16, 2011 in the company of almost 500 young Kids for Tigers supporters.
Robert Swan then took the stage and enthralled the young students with his unbelievable account of his walks to both the North and South Poles. He underscored the urgency of action on the climate change front and told students they too could 'walk the talk' if they followed their dream and led by example. He shared slides of his travels and highlighted the 50 year mission to ensure that Antarctica is kept away from commercial and national claims by any country. The current treaty that protects Antarctica comes to an end in 2041 and he wants young persons across the world to work with the United Nations and with communities around the world towards this objective. The talk was followed by a lively interactive session with students. Sir Robert also interacted with students and heard from them about the environmental projects they are implementing, including efforts to reduce the carbon foot print of the institution.
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