April 22, 2020 is International Earth Day and marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day is now a global event each year, and over a billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders too connect Earth Day with protecting the human race, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on. And the automotive industry too is doing its bit to ensure green motoring.
On its part, Autocar Professional, India's leading automotive B2B title, in print, online and events, is hosting an exclusive Earth 50th Day Webinar to mark this global environmental awareness day, so critical in today's time of aggressive climate change.
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Driving towards a greener, more sustainable auto industry
Twenty-one out of 30 most-polluted world cities are in India with average PM2.5 levels exceeding WHO recommendations by a shocking 500 percent. There are multiple sources of pollution, and emission from automobiles is one among them. India has leapfrogged to BSVI but there's more to be done.
This World Earth Day, Autocar Professional will host an exclusive webinar to find out what they are and how the Indian automotive industry's evolution can be greener and more sustainable, and contribute towards a better world for our future generations.
The theme of the webinar, to be held on Wednesday, April 22, at 4pm IST, is 'Driving towards a Greener, More Sustainable Auto Industry. Invited speakers are Rashmi Urdhwareshe, director, ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India), Sekhar Viswanathan, Vice-Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor; and Naveen Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Electric and President, SMEV (Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles), and C V Raman, Senior Executive Director - Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India.
The webinar is a platform for industry leaders to share ideas, insights and perspectives aimed at helping the Indian automotive industry to be greener and more sustainable than what it is now. The panel will also discuss the regulations roadmap towards cleaner and safer motoring in India. Do log in on Wednesday, 22nd April, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Earth Day is once a year but as the Worldwatch Institute says, it's the last call for a healthier planet – it's the only one we have.
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