The major reasons behind variations in climatic conditions and reduction in forest cover are the increasing demands of people, and commercial activities taken up to fulfil these demands, said actor and environmentalist Suresh Heblikar.
He was speaking after inaugurating a programme organised by the Forest Department, the Nirmithi Kendra and the Sadguru Kabiranand Ashram at Timmannanayaka Tank on Jogimatti Road here on Wednesday. “The changing lifestyle of people has also affected nature, as man now depends on machines for everything. However, these machines will not help in protecting nature, which can only be protected through afforestation,” he said.
Every year, the number of vehicles is increasing, causing severe air pollution. Over 40 per cent of power in the State is being used for air-conditioners, because of the increasing temperature; this is causing a severe power shortage, Mr. Heblikar said. “If this situation continues, future generations will face severe shortage of water, pure air and power,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri said that waste management had become a big challenge in Bangalore and other big cities in the country. He added that it could also affect small cities if steps were not taken to manage the problem systematically. City Municipal Council president Sunita Mallikarjun, Deputy Conservator of Forests Kumaraswamy and Shivalingananda Swami of Kabiranand ashram were present.
Increase in the number of vehicles is causing severe air pollution, says actor ‘Waste management problem could affect smaller cities if steps are not taken to check it’
Increase in the number of vehicles is
causing severe air pollution, says actor
‘Waste management problem could affect smaller cities if steps are not taken to check it’