About Earth Care Awards
The Earth Care Awards (ECAs) is a joint initiative of JSW and The Times of India group, the campaign highlights locally evolved climate friendly practices in the production and consumption regimes across multiple sectors with special reference to climate change. It recognizes the actions and innovations for climate change mitigation and adaptation by communities, entrepreneurs, large scale industries, women led enterprises and urban bodies. The award recognizes, verifies, and promotes the replicable initiatives and interventions on the greenhouse gasses (GHG) emission reduction, natural resource conservation, energy efficiency improvement, development and promotion of innovative eco-friendly alternatives across various sectors of development.
The ECA is now into its 9th edition of its successful journey that started in 2008. Since then the ECA has gained wide spread recognition amongst the industries, Non-governmental organizations, Community based organizations, and government institutes. The South Asian region encompassing SAARC is considered highly prone to the vagaries of climate change, which is expected to result in global warming likely surpassing 2. C by the end of the 21st century. The SAARC region harbor about one-fifth of the world population in only about 3 per cent of the world’s land area. The effects of climate are compounded by other challenges like extreme poverty, natural resource erosion, unpredictable monsoon, and occurrence of extreme weather events. The ministerial meeting of the South Asian countries on climate change at Dhaka in 2008 adopted the SAARC Action Plan on Climate Change emphasizing on the climate resilient development in the region.
The Earth Care Awards provides a platform to foster regional cooperation and support in terms of knowledge and technology transfer in the SAARC region. It reflects the concerns of the SAARC member states for assessing barriers and highlights innovative practices towards climate friendly sustainable development. It highlights the role of the regulatory mechanisms, technological interventions, stakeholder participation, and institutional arrangements. Throughout the journey of the ECA the emphasis has been on commitment and innovation towards climate friendly processes, operations, and promotion of the innovative scalable activities. The ultimate endeavor has been to maximize resource efficiency and strengthen technical capabilities, institutional mechanisms, locally scalable interventions, community resilience, knowledge dissemination, synergy and partnerships, and foster the management commitment.