Staff Correspondent

Bijapur: Increase in population, globalisation and leisurely lifestyles have increased the threat to the environment and the health of human beings, said State Secretary for Forest, Environment and Ecology Aravind Jannu.

Speaking after inaugurating the “World Environment Day” celebrations here on Wednesday, he said that people should change their lifestyles, thinking and practices to protect the environment.

The celebrations were organised by the district administration and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board at Kandgal Hanumantrao Rangmandir

According to a survey conducted by United Nations Environment Programme, emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide had led to a considerable increase in temperatures across the globe.

Schools, colleges and non-governmental organisations should join hands with the Government to plant more trees to reduce the effects of global warming.

In charge Deputy Commissioner S.M. Sonnad said that steps would be taken to plant saplings on revenue land, in villages and on the premises of government and NGOs.

Forest Department Regional Director Udaykumar, Darbar High School Principal S.C. Punekar, Bijapur Pollution Control Board Officer A.A. Maniyar and others were present. Prizes were distributed to the winners of competitions held as part of the celebrations.