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Religious theories to save environment

Concern about the environment has been there since the medieval era. Religious texts and manuscripts suggest that if people misuse nature, the result could be hazardous.

Many such interesting issues were delved into during a national seminar on Environmental History: New Challenges, New Horizons organised at AN College on Friday.

Imtiaz Ahmad, the director of Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Gopa Sabharwal, the vice-chancellor of Nalanda University, Shaibal Gupta, member secretary, Asian Development Research Institute, Amarjeet Sinha, the education department principal secretary, were some of the speakers at the event.

“Concern for the environment is nothing new. It has been there since ancient times and its evidence is there in many old manuscripts where it is written that if people play with nature, they will invite calamities such as cyclone, drought and earthquake. Environmental conservation is important for sustainable development and almost every religious text suggests it,” said Ahmad.

Sabharwal spoke about environmental philosophy as described in Jainism. She spoke about the concept of net zero energy building and added that Nalanda University will adopt this model.

“Net zero energy building is a new concept and it can help in environment conservation in a big way. (Net zero energy building helps in fulfilling its need of power consumption,” said Sabharwal.

“What is happening today is that people are first making their homes and then start thinking about retrofitting because they want to make their homes environment-friendly. But if people are concerned about the environment from the very beginning, they should adopt the net zero energy building model now,” she said.

Shaibal Gupta asserted that development works should not be carried out at the cost of environment. “When development strategy is worked out for Bihar, people need to keep in mind the environmental perspective first,” he said. Ratna Amrit was the organising secretary of the event.