Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 5
To mark World Environment Day being celebrated globally, the district administration held a seminar on the official UN theme of “Connecting People with Nature”. The seminar was held at GNDU’s auditorium and Lok Sabha MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla was the chief speaker. Calling for an all-out action-based approach towards salvaging whatever is left of our environment, Aujla said that man is to be blamed for the massive destruction and exploitation of the natural resources.
“Our dependency on the natural resources and their indiscreet use has led us to a point where climate change has become our biggest challenge. Global warming has brought with itself erratic weather changes, imbalance in ecology and destruction of flora and fauna. So it has become a matter of our survival and we need to act now to save our future generations from suffering,” Aujla said while addressing the seminar. He suggested that farmers should plant at least 10 saplings for every tube well connection and chopping of trees should be discouraged.
Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, who called for a united action plan to recover the green- cover loss and improving the green health of the city, too, had some guidelines for everyone involved. “The teachers, educational institutions should ensure that the children are made aware of the natural surroundings. At least one hour everyday should be dedicated to study of nature and contributing towards it. We have done some serious damage to nature and now is the time for some action, not words, to save it.”
Meanwhile, the district library, too, carried out a campaign to mark the day by distributing saplings to visitors. The students and faculty of English micro scholarship programme of US embassy being run here in Amritsar at Government High School, Qilla Jeevan Singh village by Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, celebrated World Environment Day by distribution of plants to parents of newborn babies and others at Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital, Mehta Road.The recipients were told about the importance of environment and the value of plantation. Around 200 plants were distributed and students exhibited meaningful messages written on charts prepared by them.
Bhavans Junior Red Cross volunteers celebrated World Environment Day by organising a ‘chhabeel’ and participating in a plantation drive. Their motto for the day was go green go clean.
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