Raichur: H.C. Sharatchandra, Chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, has said that there is a need to provide intensified training on environmental studies to teachers so that they can teach students how to protect the environment.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a symposium on ‘Development of Environment and Pollution Control’ held as part of the prize-distribution function at the District Science Centre here on Tuesday.
The function was jointly organised by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, the Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat and the Science Education Trust, Raichur.
He said that though a lot of water was available in our surroundings, environmental pollution had affected its quality.
People across the world were facing shortage of safe drinking water.
Lack of proper sanitation and underground drainage system had forced a majority of the population in developing countries to live in a polluted environment.
Dr. Sharatchandra said that increasing forest cover and conservation of natural resources was the sign of a healthy environment. But extensive damage to natural resources by way of felling trees, polluting water bodies and burning coal had resulted in an increase in environmental pollution.
Most of the carbon dioxide emissions came from the use of coal, oil and natural gas. Industries that burnt coal on a large scale were responsible for contributing about 20 per cent of the total carbon dioxide emissions in the air. Extensive razing of forests for agriculture had also contributed to the emissions.
Dr. Sharatchandra said that environmental pollution had led to global warming. According to the available climate change indicators, the average global temperature had increased by 0.8 degree Celsius during the 20th century.
Since 1850, the sea level had risen by 15 cm in California, and the snow pack was shrinking and the spring runoff had decreased by 10 per cent, he said.
N.V. Prasad, zilla panchayat chief executive officer, who presided over the function, said environmental consciousness among children was on the decline because they were not being taught about it. There was a need to teach students about the development of environment, rain harvesting and pollution control. Earlier,
C.D. Patil, secretary of the Science Education Trust, spoke on how people were responsible for environmental pollution and on the need for collective steps to be taken to control pollution.