‘Putting a stop to use of plastics and improved e-waste management vital’

The ecosystem has gone for a toss with the rise in carbon emissions and industrial waste. This apart, toxic chemicals are present in almost every product. These factors are affecting the quality of life at large.

Practical exposure

To address the concern and find out ways to protect environment, Andhra University UGC-Academic Staff College has designed a 21-day multidisciplinary refresher course on Environmental Sciences.

With the support of the local coordinators — G.V.R. Srinivasa Rao from the Department of Civil Engineering, AUCE, and P.V.V. Prasada Rao from Environmental Sciences — the intense advocacy workshop aims at giving practical exposure to academicians from varied colleges and universities on topics such as climatic change, biodiversity, remote sensing, and subjects covering different segments of environmental sciences.

Inaugurating the programme here on Sunday, AU Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju threw light on the perils of non-biodegradable e-waste.

“In the fast changing world where technology rules the roost, responsibility rests on each one of us to protect nature from the harmful effects of pollution. Putting a stop to the use of plastics and improved electronic waste management play a significant role in keeping the environment green. Education should reach beyond mandatory syllabus to help students understand the repercussions of toxic waste,” he suggested. Addressing 25 participants, who have come from different parts of the State, Director of Academic Staff College U. Shameem said:

“On completion of the programme, participants will be equipped with better solutions to save environment. The session includes seminars with presentations covering various means and measures to conserve nature. The idea is to encourage participants to become green ambassadors and draw out plans for a better world.”

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