VIRAM: AGENDA SUSTAINABILITY | GRAND LAUNCH: 23RD NOV 2022

Mobius Foundation, in partnership with India Today Group, launched a one-year-long social cause initiative called ‘VIRAM: AGENDA SUSTAINABILITY’ on 23rd November 2022. The campaign was an on-ground two-hour-long Thought Leadership Conclave that featured policy experts, demographic researchers, and academicians interacting under two robust sessions and a fireside chat with Mr. Pradip Burman, Chairman Mobius Foundation.

SESSION 1

THEME: OVERPOPULATION: EVERYTHING CONNECTS

Understanding the causes and effects of overpopulation, its impact on human resources, possible long and short-term remedial measures, etc.

    • Shri C K Mishra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India
    • Shri Praveen Garg, Advisor, Mobius Foundation and Former Special Secretary & Financial Adviser, MoEFCC, Government of India
    • Mr. Anand Sinha, Country Advisor, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
    • Mr. Srinivas Goli, Professor, International Institute of Population Studies

SESSION 2

THEME: 'बढ़ती आबादी, घटते संसाधन : सतत विकास की चुनौती'

Understanding the impact of overpopulation on human  resources, environment, and economic progress of the nation.

    • Dr. Ram Boojh, CEO, Mobius Foundation
    • Mr. Amitabh Kundu, Member, National Commission on Population
    • Ms. Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
    • Swami Prem Parivartan (Peepal Baba), Environmentalist, Give Me Trees Trust
Pradip Burman at Viram Agenda Sustainability Panel Discussion

Mr. Pradip Burman

Viram - Agenda Sustainability in Partnership with India Today

Host: Ms. Akshita Nandagopal

Viram Agenda Sustainability Panel Discussion By Mobius Foundation

Panel 1

Zakir Khan at Viram Agenda Sustainability Panel Discussion

Guest of Honour : Mr. Zakhir Khan

Sayeed Ansari hosting Viram Agenda Sustainability panel Discussion

Host: Mr. Sayeed Ansari

Panel Discussion Hindi Moderator

Panel 2

Episode 1| Launch | Viram: Agenda Sustainability | 23rd November 2022

Episode 1| Launch | Viram: Agenda Sustainability | 23rd November 2022

Episode 1| Launch | विराम: एजेंडा सस्टेनेबिलिटी | 23rd November 2022

Episode 2 | Climate Change Vs Population | 25th February 2023

A special episode on climate change showcases the connection between population being the critical factor for driving climate change and environmental degradation.

OVERVIEW: With 2 billion people to be added to our human ranks by 2050 and an additional 1 billion more by 2100, demographic trends and variables play an essential role in understanding and confronting the world’s climate crisis. Population growth and increasing consumption tend to increase emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases. Rapid population growth worsens the impacts of climate change by straining resources and exposing more people to climate-related risks-especially in low-resource regions.

Episode 2 | Climate Change Vs Population | 25th February 2023

Episode 2 | जलवायु परिवर्तन और जनसंख्या | 26th February 2023

Episode 3 | Air Pollution Vs Population | 25th March 2023

A special episode on air pollution showcases the connection between population and the key factor of increased air pollution in urban areas.

OVERVIEW: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally, around 7 million people die yearly from indoor and outdoor air pollution. About 92% of the World’s Population breathes air with high levels of pollutants exceeding WHO guidelines. The effects of air pollution on human health are severe. Rapid population growth worsens the impacts of air pollution and exposes more people to health-related risks, especially in urban regions.

Episode 3 | Air Pollution Vs Population | 25th March 2023

Episode 3 | वायु प्रदूषण और जनसंख्या | 26th March 2023

Episode 4 | Water Pollution Vs Population | 29th April 2023

A special episode on water pollution showcases the connection between population being the key factor of increased water pollution and groundwater depletion.

OVERVIEW: Population growth doesn’t just mean more water consumption but also more water needed for food production. To meet the food production demands from rapid population growth, we must pump groundwater faster than it can be replenished. And all that consumption contributes to ecological degradation, increased conflicts, and a higher risk of large-scale disasters like pandemics.

Episode 4 | Water Pollution Vs Population | 29th April 2023

Episode 4 | जल प्रदूषण और जनसंख्या | 30th April 2023

Episode 5 | Biodiversity | 20th May 2023

A special episode on World Biodiversity Day showcases the importance of biodiversity and what we can do to protect it.

Overview: Biodiversity is crucial for the well-being of the human species. By gaining a deeper understanding of how biodiversity functions and recognizing its influence on us, we can take steps to mitigate the negative consequences of biodiversity loss. Comprehending the intricate web of life and the services diverse ecosystems provide is essential. By doing so, we can work towards preserving and restoring biodiversity, ensuring a sustainable future for nature and ourselves.

Episode 5 | Biodiversity | 20th May 2023

Episode 5 | जैव विविधता | 21st May 2023

EPISODE 6 | POPULATION VS CONSUMPTION AND WASTE | PART 1

The mounting pollution issue poses an urgent environmental challenge, largely driven by excessive consumption practices. Recognizing this as a collective responsibility, we must unite to preserve our planet. Through this Episode, “VIRAM: Agenda Sustainability,” Mobius Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness of the significant environmental threats from human behaviors and offering guidance on collaborative strategies to mitigate their adverse impacts.

Episode 6 | Population Vs Over Consumption And Waste | Part 1

Episode 6 | जनसँख्या बनाम अत्यधिक खपत और कूड़ा | भाग-1

EPISODE 6 | POPULATION VS OVER CONSUMPTION AND WASTE | PART 2

Shri Ashwani Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India, addressed the concern on the ill effects of population growth through the campaign VIRAM – Agenda Sustainability and said that “Increasing population in India is a matter of concern and also a big challenge.” While explaining the measures to deal with this severe problem, he also mentioned that we have to strike a balance between progress and the environment to deal with these concerns. ‘VIRAM – Agenda Sustainability’ of ‘Möbius Foundation’ aims to maintain environmental sustainability and save our earth by controlling the human population.

Episode 6 | Population Vs Over Consumption And Waste | Part 2

Episode 6 | जनसँख्या बनाम अत्यधिक खपत और कूड़ा | भाग-2

EPISODE 7 | INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION 2023 | 30th SEPTEMBER 2023

Mobius Foundation organized the 5th International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE) in Delhi, the theme of which this time was ‘Education for Climate Action and Sustainability.’ The two-day-long event saw renowned speakers, including Mobius Foundation Chairman Mr. Pradip Burman, discuss issues ranging from population growth to climate sustainability to create awareness about climate change and save the earth.

Apart from this, what can be done to deal with severe problems like population growth, increasing pollution, and climate change was also discussed in this session of ‘VIRAM – Agenda Sustainability.’ Mobius Foundation’s ‘VIRAM: Agenda Sustainability’ aims to educate and sensitize people so that the human population can be controlled, thereby maintaining environmental sustainability and saving our planet.

Episode 7 | International Conference on Sustainability Education 2023 | 30th September 2023

Episode 7 | International Conference on Sustainability Education 2023 | 1st October 2023