Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee organised an Institute Lecture Series on ‘Gross Environment Product (GEP): An Unmeasured Measure’ on February 12, 2020, from 5 pm onwards at Bose Auditorium, Department of Physics. The environment reports of the United Nations (UN) on water, air, and health are threatening. Soon in India too, 11 big cities will face a water crisis. These reports conclude that if by 2050 necessary measures are not taken, the human race will be affected severely.

Equal emphasis on ecology and economy

An ethical development principal demands an equal emphasis on the ecology and economy of the Nation. An ecological growth measure should be defined and reported. This measure will report the growth in the forest, the richness of the soil, recharging of the river as well as improved air quality.

This collectively can be defined as Gross Environment Product (GEP). GDP along with GEP will be a true growth measure of the Nation and will take the country towards a true sustainable growth. Hence, IIT Roorkee hosted the Lecture Series on GEP.

Inclusive growth of the community by economy and ecology

The speaker of the lecture was Anil P Joshi, Founder, Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO). Under the aegis of HESCO, Joshi promoted research and development of new environment-friendly technologies for the agricultural sector, tapping the local resource.

His emphasis has been on the inclusive growth of the community by economy and ecology both. The Uttrakhand State Government has adopted his concept of Gross Environment Product (GEP).

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