Voicing Against Ecocide: Beyond Crisis

Voicing Against Ecocide: Beyond Crisis

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

-George Bernard Shaw

The Environment Protection and Awareness Club (EPAC) of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra organized its first event of the session, ‘Beyond Crisis’ on 2nd September, 2019 in Lecture Hall-1. The happenings commenced at 5:30 P.M and the contestants were supposed to participate in teams of two or three. They were provided with a problem statement a day before the event. The teams were asked to go through the statement and come up with feasible and viable solutions to tackle the problems addressed in the same.

The affair was aimed at sensitizing the youth about the exacerbating problems that mankind is contemporarily facing and to engage in a healthy conversation to tackle such problems. A total of 16 teams participated in the event. The problem statements included challenges that ranged from addressing the glaring crisis of overpopulation, ocean water degradation, rampant deforestation, alarming levels of resource depletion, shrinking wetlands, prevalent cruelty against animals to malnutrition and world hunger.

The teams proposed a number of solutions taking into account various case studies and sundry research papers from numerous sources. The criteria for the judgement were presentation, viability and feasibility of the solutions proposed. A rebuttal round by the judge and audience also played a vital role in securing points. The judge for the event was Dr. Sukalyan Chakraborty from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The teams which emerged victorious after a round of rational thinking and concern for the environment at display were:

Winner: – Team Optimus

First runner-up: – Team Binary

Second Runner-up: – Team DV 369

The event shuttered on a high note with an elevated sense of concern towards the environment among the attendees.

Reporter – Bhavesh Chaturvedi
Editor– Utkarsh
Picture Credits – Photographic Society, BIT Mesra

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