IGF 2023 Town Hall #43 Is time to look for a Planet-B?

Issue(s)

Environmental Data
Existing and New Technologies as Climate Risks
Existing and New Technologies as Climate Solutions

Round Table - 90 Min

Description

All efforts are going towards saving our planet Earth. The question that arises here is, are we a day late and a dollar short? Rapid industrialisation post-1800s, in most parts of the world, has been a boon and also a bane for us. The pattern of industrialisation in all parts of the world has more often than not been unsustainable. Industrialisation has caused the depletion of resources, loss of biodiversity, extinction of species, sea level rise, frequent extreme weather events, and global warming, the list is unending. Even though there have been continuous and dedicated efforts with intent towards moving in the direction of a sustainable way of development, this is a fairly recent phenomenon and it might just be too late to go back to a state of normalcy. This year at IGF - Kyoto, we propose to hold a session on whether it is time we should mobilise more resources towards looking for a Planet - B, without affecting our work towards saving our planet Earth. Creating an actionable blueprint for the same and mustering cooperation of all the countries in the world will be a prerequisite to achieving a feat like this. If this initiative comes to light, it will be heavily technology driven and the Internet will play a pivotal role in its success.

The roundtable will have both onsite and online attendees to discuss the topic.

Organizers

Health Parliament
1. Name - Dr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta; Organizational Affiliation - Co-chair IGF-DCE; Stakeholder - Intergovernmental Organization; Regional Group - Asia Pacific
2. Name - Dr. Rainer Krug; Organizational Affiliation - Co-Chair - IGF-DCE; Stakeholder - Intergovernmental Organization; Regional Group - Western European and Others Group
3. Name - Saptarshi Gargari; Organizational Affiliation - Health Parliament; Stakeholder - Private Sector; Regional Group - Asia Pacific

Speakers

1. Name - Dr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta; Organizational Affiliation - Co-chair IGF-DCE; Stakeholder - Intergovernmental Organization; Regional Group - Asia Pacific
2. Name - Dr. Rainer Krug; Organizational Affiliation - Co-Chair - IGF-DCE; Stakeholder - Intergovernmental Organization; Regional Group - Western European and Others Group
3. Name - Erik Solheim; The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED); Stakeholder - Intergovernmental organization; Regional Group - Western European and Others Group
4. Name - Dr. Shalini Dhyani; Organizational Affiliation - Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute; Stakeholder - Government; Regional Group - Asia Pacific
5. Name - Saptarshi Gargari; Organizational Affiliation - Health Parliament; Stakeholder - Private Sector; Regional Group - Asia Pacific

Onsite Moderator

Dr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta

Online Moderator

Saptarshi Gargari

Rapporteur

Saptarshi Gargari

SDGs

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
13. Climate Action
14. Life Below Water
15. Life on Land
17. Partnerships for the Goals


Targets: All kind of life on earth is threatened by the unsustainable way of living of humans. We have damaged the environment for centuries which has had an extensive impact on the health of the planet in general and life on Earth in particular. Efforts towards a sustainable way of development are fairly recent if we compare them to the damage that has been done over centuries. The question that now arises is whether the effort we are putting in will bear any fruits or are these toils futile. A global partnership is required to achieve the goal of looking for a habitable planet other than Earth, with the help of industry, innovation and infrastructure.