The government should know that the Himalayas are for water and not for revenue, said noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna while addressing students of AKSIPS during an interactive session on Wednesday. During the talk,he inspired students to take action to safeguard the ecological balance.
Bahuguna said that since the country had a forest culture,one should look up to the forests for inspiration.
He said the need of the hour was to enhance forest cover in the country and also advocated the 3As i.e. austerity,alternatives and afforestation.
Ishwar Singh,director,UT Department of Environment,also supported the philosophy professed by Bahuguna and motivated students to conserve energy,water and oil by saving electricity,using water judiciously and commuting on bicycles.
Seminar on environment concludes
The second day of the national seminar on Global Warming,Human Factors and Environment witnessed the presentation of around 14 scientific papers over three sessions at Panjab University on Wednesday.
An important issue that was discussed was environmental degradation arising from unbridled natural resource exploitation and the consequent threat to indigenous communities.
The presentations also addressed pertinent developmental issues in the context of human health and the use of anthropological models in disaster management.
Professor B R K Shukla,former professor and head of the Anthropology department at Lucknow University,delivered the S R K Chopra Memorial Lecture.
He advocated the wide ranging use of anthropology in matters concerning equipment use,sports,health care,forensic investigations and human development. The seminar ended with a valedictory function that was presided over by environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna. Professor A S Ahluwalia,Dean of the Science Faculty at Panjab University,was the chief guest on the occasion.
A consensus to move from theoretical formulation to advocacy and activism to save the precarious environment and ensure the continuance of human life was arrived at during the seminar.