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The 7 Days Challenge: Not 'Eat, Pray, Love' but 'Eat, Move, Live'
Business Standard (Online), 18 January 2018
br/> Want to eat healthier? Or move around town in a more sustainable manner? Or just lead your daily life in a smarter way? You need to try the 7 Days Challenge.

The Swedish Embassy here, in association with the TERI School of Advanced Studies, has organised the Challenge targeting youth from classes 9 to 12 in schools and graduate and post-graduate students in colleges across the national capital from January 17 to 23.

The Challenge is basically a call to action for the participants to practise sustainable lifestyles and consists of seven days of practical sustainable solutions focusing on three categories: Eat, move and live.

"The 7 Days Challenge is an attempt really for a short period of time trying to encourage people to think, eat, live, move smartly and sustainably and doing so in a short period of time and in encouraging best practices and also creativity around sub-solutions," Swedish Ambassador Klas Molin told IANS, explaining the concept.

"Coming up with new ideas, not just emulating, copying which is being done, but thinking creatively," he said, adding that in the first round, young people who are using modern technologies and thinking in new ways and whose future will be more impacted by today's choices, have been targeted.

India is the third country, after Kenya and Indonesia, where the 7 Days Challenge is being organised.

But why seven days?

"Calling it the 7 Days Challenge, I think, partly is psychological, that it is a manageable period of time," Molin said.

"Surely we can all devote a week to living smarter, thinking more consciously and acting, travelling and shopping more sustainably. It is a reasonable, manageable amount of time."

According to the website of the Challenge, its objectives are: To emphasise the role of individual action for sustainable development; to spread awareness about the need for adopting practical sustainable solutions and lifestyles at the individual level; to build individual capacity and motivate individuals to improvise and innovate their choices and lifestyle towards more sustainable ones; and improve their own quality of life.

Explaining the concept of eat, move and live, Ambassador Molin referred to a kitchen garden within the Swedish Embassy compound in terms of "eat".

"Many people believe in growing their own vegetables right next door. It is not only nice to look at, it is very practical, it is healthy," he said.

In terms of "move", he gave his own example and said that back home in Sweden he bicycled to school and then to work in professional life almost every day.

"Since I was in middle school or junior high school, I biked to school and back. I biked to work."

Molin asserted that biking is "certainly the fastest and most convenient way" of getting about a modern city like Sweden's capital Stockholm.

Here in the Swedish Embassy, he said, staff members and colleagues are encouraged to car pool more, including with his own official car.

In terms of "live", Molin again gave the example of the Embassy and said the building was fitted with solar panels.

He also said that a system has been developed within the Embassy complex -- which only uses LED lights -- to create composts by pooling in all organic waste.

"We have pipes under the park, under the paved area and also in the back and all the rainwater or most of the rainwater is collected underground," Molin said. "It's rainwater harvesting and we use it during the dry season for irrigation and watering."

"We want to be champions in combating climate change. We want to be at the forefront, at the cusp of development when it comes to living, eating and moving smarter and conserving energy and preserving our pristine nature."

Molin said that the last few governments from all walks of the political spectrum in Sweden have embraced these issues.

"We have very progressive policies regarding incentives and disincentives when it comes to vehicles... We just introduced as of January 1 new rules as to taxation of private vehicles where there are great incentives for going electric, hybrid, etc. And stronger disincentives in using older technology and older cars."

The Ambassador also pointed out that Sweden has managed to have continuous GDP growth while at the same time cutting down on CO2 emissions.

"So, growth is not contingent on old technologies and you know pumping out pollution. You can achieve growth in a smart way," he asserted.

As for the 7 Days Challenge, the participant who comes up with the most innovative idea or solution will be awarded.

(Aroonim Bhuyan can be contacted at aroonim.b@ians.in) (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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7 Days Challenge on Sustainability begins in Delhi-NCR
ANI News (Online), 16 January 2018

New Delhi [India], January 16 (ANI): Eat, Move and Live - The 7 Days Challenge which takes place from January 17 to 23 in the Delhi NCR region, is being organised by the Embassy of Sweden in partnership with TERI School of Advanced Studies and Eco-Club initiative of Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi.

Part of the Embassy's 11th edition of The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week, the 7 Day Challenge invites committed individuals in Delhi NCR to practice sustainable urban lifestyles. The challenge involves seven days of practical environment-friendly innovative solutions focusing on three categories: Live, Move and Eat.

Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India, said, "Sweden is at the forefront of the fight against climate change and aims to become the first totally fossil free welfare society. The new Climate Act which entered into force on January 1, 2018 sets out a framework for Sweden to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045."

Talking about this unique initiative, he said, "This challenge is part of the Embassy's Glocal Climate Challenge which aims to encourage both innovation and awareness about daily lifestyle choices that contribute to sustainability."

Dr. Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies, said, "Participation by all stakeholders is essential for transiting to a more sustainable development pathway. Students, with their enhanced sensitivity to sustainability challenges, their comfort with information technology applications and their creative minds, are best placed to define and validate such innovative paths. We are delighted with the strong and positive engagement of a large number of students with this Challenge".

During the Challenge, participants will update their daily activities on the 'My Report' page on the Challenge website, www.sevendayschallenge.com, which can be submitted every day and after the completion of 7 days.

At the end of 7 Days, innovative actions reported by the participants will be evaluated for Most Innovative Action Awards.

The Challenge will culminate with the felicitation of winners of the Most Innovative Action Awards at a reception at the Embassy of Sweden in February or March 2018.
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TERI Holds International Seminar on Agribusiness
The Pioneer (Online), 4 January 2018
Leading experts, policymakers and CEOs in agribusiness and allied supply chains on Wednesday dwelt on the common objective of achieving the twin challenges of food security and integration of supply chains with global food markets in light of the burgeoning open international markets. At a two-day International Conference, hosted by the TERI School of Advanced Studies (SAS), the experts explored the challenges in developing and harnessing opportunities to optimise inclusive agribusiness to achieve sustainable transformation that changes rural demographics, migration, merging globalisation of agri-markets to mitigate food security and adapt to climate change impacts. A session on food processing by Amul Dairy on total rural sanitation talked about hygiene to achieve the target of providing 100 per cent toilet facilities in all villages where Amul has a milk society. The session on climate change and agribusiness talked about lessons learned in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and highlighted the issues prevailing in the Himalayan region through two case studies on Resilience building (cardamom value chain)and Climate mitigation (shade coffee plantation).
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Top performing higher educational institutes will get maximum autonomy: Javadekar
The Indian Express, 5 November 2016



The HRD minister said that the government wants to improve the whole education scenario, be it deemed universities, private universities or state universities.



The government intends to bring in a system where the top performing higher educational institutions will get maximum autonomy while the ones which lag behind will have more regulation, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday.



Speaking at the convocation ceremony of TERI University in New Delhi, Javadekar said that when it comes to Deemed universities, there are some really good varsities, some average ones and some which are bad. “I want to have different set of rules for them. And that should not depend on NAAC grading but National Ranking Framework, that is also important.



“Based on that, we want to give more autonomy and freedom to the best Universities, very little regulation. The average universities we will have 50:50 and the bad universities will have 90 per cent regulation and ten per cent freedom,” the HRD minister said.



He added that that is the way the government wants to improve the whole education scenario, be it deemed universities, private universities or state universities, “Anything, but that is how we want to take everybody along,” the HRD minister said.



At the convocation ceremony, Javadekar, who has also held the Environment ministry portfolio earlier, said that development and sustainability can go together.

“Our goal is development without destruction,” he said, emphasising that stopping projects is not the answer. He added that India had contributed much lesser to carbon emissions than several other countries of the world.   
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