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Welcome to Indian Institute of Sustainable Development Website!

The Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Finance, Government of India Shri Yashwant Sinha on the occasion of the All India Environment Congress held in December 1990 at India International Centre, New Delhi. .


The Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD)being inaugurated by
The Union Finance Minister Shri Yashwant Sinha in the presence of the Directors :
Dr. P R Trivedi, Dr. Purnenedu Narayan Singh, Dr. U K Singh and the UNESCO Director
Mr. Miron P. Derkatch in December 1990 at India International Centre, New Delhi

If human society is to endure not for just another century but for thousands and thousands of years, we need to learn a way of life that could be sustained by the Mother Earth. Human society must learn to control population size and develop more efficient technologies that produce as little harmful waste as possible. We must learn to rely on resources that are renewable. A society based on these ideas is called a sustainable society. We should long for having a sustainable world so profoundly different from the way we live which cannot be imagined without a strenuous exercise of mind. Like human body the Mother Earth has its organs that adjust to changes - in climate, nutrient levels and other aspects of the environment to maintain its stability. Just as the human organism is made of trillions of cells and so is the world organism; each of us is a cell of Gaia (Greek word for Mother Earth).

Changing our ways will be a colossal task which may involve arduous work but as an optimist we should view the third millennium with a cleaner and greener mind and pledge to work on new pollution control technologies as the answer to our polluted waters and skies by better treating our Mother Earth by not to rival nature but to cooperate with it and live in harmony.

We must guide the human race living in a historic transitional period of burgeoning awareness of the conflict between human activities and environmental constraints, preparing to venture into a new century and a new millennium and to finally help save the fragile and endangered planet with the natural resources already overtaxed and for developing a critical path to governance through modern ideas for reducing the toll exacted in supporting daily life and the ever growing problems on the earth exerting profound pressures on the environment.

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