137 species were being destroyed every day due to deforestation, and it was estimated that 10 per cent of the existing species would get extinct by 2050 if the ecosystem was not maintained

Students of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) have appealed to people to stop destroying forests and natural bodies, and conserve wildlife.

The students, through Power-Point presentations, explained about the threat to mankind and other species owing to indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources, use of pesticides and insecticides, and release of toxic gases into air.

Nuzvid RGUKT Director Ibrahim Khan said following instructions from the Higher Education Department, the institute management organised seminars and debates on ‘Biodiversity and conservation of wildlife’ on Saturday.

Budding engineers stated that 137 species were being destroyed every day due to deforestation, and it was estimated that 10 per cent of the existing species would get extinct by 2050 if the ecosystem was not maintained.

In a debate, students — P. Lavanya and D. John Kiran — of PUC detailed how the flora and fauna was being killed in rivers and sea due to release of chemicals and treated water by some industries into canals and rivers. Another student P. Vennela urged people to stop using polythene and plastic material and encourage the use of cotton and jute bags to stop groundwater pollution.

She appealed to the residents to conserve rainwater to increase the groundwater table.

Prof. Khan suggested to the students to work out how ecology was being destroyed in the rural areas during Dasara vacation. He asked the youngsters to explain to the villagers about the consequences of environment pollution.

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