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Going green: Government officials and students of the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences planting saplings in Hassan on Friday.
Going green: Government officials and students of the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences planting saplings in Hassan on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Campaign soon to help protect Western Ghats

Students given certificates for participating

in competitions

People urged to fight global warming together

HASSAN: Several establishments such as the Forest Department, the district administration, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) celebrated World Environment Day on the HIMS premises here on Friday. As part of the programme, certificates were given to school and college students who participated in various competitions such as essay writing and painting.

City Municipal Council president Ratnamma Mahantesh, Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh, zilla panchayat chief executive officer M.K. Iyyappa, Conservator of Forests A.C. Keshava Murthy, Deputy Conservator Ambadi Madhava and HIMS vice-principal Ravi Kumar planted saplings on the occasion.

Students take pledge

Chief of Punya Bhoomi Vijaya Angadi administered an oath to the students on protection of the environment. He advised everybody to work together to prevent further global warming. He said that only by protecting the environment could global warming be fought.

In another function arranged at the KSRTC Bus Depot here, environmentalist Cha. Na. Ashok expressed concern over the exploitation of natural resources. He said the people should come together to protect the environment.

He wanted children to be taught early on in life the importance of clean, green surroundings. He advised people to grow more medicinal plants as well as fruit-bearing trees.

Alur Gopinath, principal of the Regional Training Centre, KSRTC, advised people to grow at least two trees in front of their houses.

Environmentalist Krishnamurthy urged the people to think in terms of value-addition to the environment.

He wanted them to take Salumarada Thimmakka, who planted trees along roads in Chitradurga district, as their role model.

He said environmentalists would launch a postcard campaign urging the Union and State governments to protect the Western Ghats.

Divisional Controller of KSRTC P.R. Mahajan presided over the function.

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