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Collective action required to create a fine balance between man and nature: LG

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'One Earth, Shared Future' Programme at SKICC

Srinagar:  Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today addressed the ‘One Earth, Shared Future’ programme organized by the Forest Department here at SKICC.

The event marked the commemoration of World Environment Day. The themes of International Day for Biological Diversity and Environment Day were combined to encourage people for preserving and conserving ecosystem.

In his address, the Lt Governor highlighted the need for coordinated action and collective partnership, besides making changes in our behavior and lifestyle to tackle the impact of climate change and reducing the carbon footprint for protecting the environment and conserving Biodiversity.

“We are blessed with nature’s rich resources but also confronted with multiple challenges of a fragile ecosystem which requires collective action to create a fine balance between man and nature”, LG said.

He said that the climate change is a reality. “We are experiencing it in the form of climate extremes, like the unprecedented heat wave and untimely heavy rainfall which are challenging and endangering the existing ecosystem. This year’s theme of World Environment Day ‘Only One Earth’ is a reminder to the entire world that Environmental Protection or Sustainable Lifestyle is not the job of a select few, but a collective responsibility of each one of us”, said LG.

He observed that ecological sensibilities, conservation of natural inheritance, sustainable lifestyle and holistic approach for an  environment-friendly development path can strengthen our capacity to deal with the environmental crises and reverse the environmental degradation.

“We are an intrinsic part of nature. For our future generations, everyone must contribute to maintain the delicate balance of nature. Ecological harmony, pragmatic steps like synergy between economic growth and environmental protection for projects can effectively address climate change”, he said.

Highlighting J&K Government’s consistent efforts towards environment protection, the Lt Governor noted that the protected area network is around 12% of the geographical area which is more than double the national average of 5%. “Our focus is the industrial environment through nature based solutions” he added.

In J&K, with active participation of PRIs and the people, the administration is implementing innovative programs like  Green J&K Drive, Har Gaon Hariyali, One Beat Guard, One Village, City Biodiversity Index , Paed Lagaye Har Beti Ke Naam, Forest Huts for Sustainable Tourism, Trek Routes etc for protecting and increasing the forest cover, besides  promoting green and sustainable systems through interventions in agriculture, alternative energy resources, preventing erosion in forests, fighting pollution and encroachment of rivers and ponds, he added.

The Lt Governor called upon the Forest Department to start Green Innovation Program at Universities of J&K, IIT Jammu and NIT Srinagar to promote Green Innovation among the youth. He also urged all DCs, PRI representatives and J&K Rural Livelihood Mission to start the process of giving a ‘Green Label’ on products of all Self Help Groups after passing the tests and validations. He further asked the PRI representatives to identify the works related to restoration of the ecosystem in their respective panchayats.

The Lt Governor asked the Jammu and Srinagar Municipal Corporations to develop Smart Cities as Climate Smart Cities and run a “City with Nature” a year-long campaign with public participation to prevent water, air and plastic pollution. He further advised all the government departments to achieve the goals of bringing an end to the use of single-use plastic, and strengthening the Waste Management System. He directed the concerned officers to complete the remaining work of LED bulb installation in all the offices within the next 15 days.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, while speaking on the occasion, called upon the people, especially the younger generation to take effective measures for protection and conservation of environment.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor released a special cover by the Department of Posts, GoI in commemoration of 111 years of foundation of Kashmir Forest Training School Chitternar.

The Lt Governor presented awards to the winners of “GreenLIFE Contest” and launched the prototype of GreenLIFE mobile application – an initiative which will motivate people to reduce their daily carbon footprint.

Various publications on Environment and Biodiversity conservation included Wetlands Inside Forest, Geospatial Monitoring of Dal Lake, Framework Note on Disaster Resilient Cities for Jammu & Srinagar, ‘Jungle JaivVividhata’ by J&K Biodiversity Council, besides Nature Asset Maps of Smart Cities of Jammu & Srinagar and short films and videos on Wetlands of Forests; ‘One Beat Guard, One Village Program’ were also released to mark the day.

Earlier, on his arrival, the Lt Governor inspected the stalls installed by the various departments and school students, and also planted a sapling.

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