The speakers at an environmental awareness camp held on “Forests and environment”, organised here by the Sahrudaya organisation and Forests Department stressed the need for people from all walks of life to actively be involved in preventing pollution.

Environmental activist Peguru Ramakrishna asked people to oppose any activity that results in pollution and described the increasing number of mobile phone-related cell towers in the midst of thickly populated localities in towns and cities as a big threat to residents.

Happy communion

Mr. Ramakrishna wanted people to focus more on a peaceful and happy communion with nature and forests than on development, luxurious living and mindless consumerism.

In his presiding address, Sahrudaya chairman M. Sanath Kumar said that protection and preservation of forests would be necessary for a healthy environment. Sustainable livelihoods would be possible only when natural wealth in forests was protected, he added.

Writer Allu Bhasker Reddy deplored that the towns and cities were turning into concrete jungles with each passing day without any hope of relief from the increasing pollution and unsafe lifestyles.

He said that a person's responsibility to environmental protection would not be complete with planting just one or two saplings but it should be shown in one's daily living.