Industrialists renew pledge to conserve the environment
BHUBANESWAR: Even as public participation in the World Environment Day celebrations on Friday appeared to be small, those in the government and those running the industries renewed their pledge to protect the environment at all costs.
Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare took the lead in observing the day at the Raj Bhavan. A nature lover, Mr. Bhandare planted two saplings on the premises of Raj Bhavan.
In his message, Mr. Bhandare appealed to the people to realise the gravity of the situation following global environmental challenges like climate change, global warming and pollution.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik addressed a meeting held at Jayadev Bhavan here where 173 individuals and organisations selected from the Block level were presented Prakruti Mitra Award.
Expressing concern over the global warming and climate change, Mr. Patnaik called upon people from walks of life to join hands to protect mother earth from dangers of pollution.
The Chief Minister informed that the State government had submitted a Rs. 140 proposals to the Central government to check sea erosion on the State’s coast.
Meanwhile, a host of industrial houses celebrated the day by organising special functions and planting tress.
A programme was organised by Tata Steel at Kalinga Nagar where the company announced to plant 10000 trees this year. Environment Day Celebrations were also held at the Talcher Thermal Power Station of NTPC where the employees took the pledge to abandon the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags. The employees and school children joined in a rally through Talcher town to spread the message of Environment Day. A mass tree plantation and painting competition for school children were also organised to mark the occasion.Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd also observed World Environment Day in all its mines and other establishments. Different awareness drives were launched where the employees took oath to protect the environment.