‘Urgent steps needed to check rapid depletion of forests and water resources, and unbridled growth of population ‘

The danger signals of ecological imbalance are clearly visible in society. The human race is squarely responsible for tampering with nature. People have been enjoying a series of materialistic comforts in the aftermath of industrial revolution at the expense of nature.

“Be it the rapid depletion of forests and water resources or the unbridled growth of human population, stringent measures are needed to curb the harmful trend,” said former national president of the Indian Medical Association G. Samaram on Tuesday.

He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on ecological problems organised by the Gora Science Centre at the Atheist Centre on the eve of the International Environment Day.

Pointing an accusing finger at the developed nations in the West which, he alleged, squandered the earth’s resources, he said it was unfortunate that the developing countries aped the West and destroyed their own resources. Dr. Samaram said small family norm must be strictly followed by people in developing nations to rid themselves of majority of the problems.

Gynaecologist Maru pointed to the fact that food production, at the global-level, occupied 25 per cent of the total inhabitable land and was responsible for 70 per cent of the total fresh water consumption. Similarly, it was also the cause for 80 per cent of deforestation and 30 per cent of greenhouse gases emission.

“When food is wasted, so are the resources and efforts in producing it. Hence, there should be greater awareness on the part of the people to reduce food wastage, in particular in the developed countries.

G. Vijayam of Atheist Centre called for a heightened awareness and determination on the part of the people and the government. He said the youth must take practical steps to save the environment, as their future was at stake.

Gora Science Centre director Niyanta said that wastage of food should be contained, especially in the developed countries, and poverty and hunger must be reduced. He said the food supply chain – production, processing, storage, transportation, and consumption, must be adequately regulated.

Former MP Ch. Vidya, presided over the meeting, laid accent on the crucial role of women in safeguarding the environment.

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