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Environmental concerns: Former Gandhigram Rural University Vice-Chancellor N. Markandan addressing a conference on climate change in Dindigul on Monday.
Environmental concerns: Former Gandhigram Rural University Vice-Chancellor N. Markandan addressing a conference on climate change in Dindigul on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Former Vice-Chancellor advocates simple lifestyle to save earth

DINDIGUL: Simple lifestyle, detachment from ostentations and minimum exploitation of nature resources only for survival alone would prevent rapid depletion of natural resources and save earth from destruction, according to N. Markandan, former Vice-Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural University.

He was delivering a guest lecture at a conference on ‘Climate change’ held here on Monday.

Unfortunately, outrageous and barbarous ostentations of public and private functions and rapid industrialisation that pollutes environment have been taking place in a large scale. Effective propagation on environment protection among people and change in the mindset of rulers and bureaucrats are essential to repair the damage done to the nature.

Despite rapid industrial development, particularly IT and automobile industries, and upward trend in economy, poverty could not be eradicated, illiteracy level stood high, health care still a distant dream to many and drinking water crisis reached acute levels. Ostentatious living has made people resource hungry and forced them to destroy natural resources beyond their recuperating levels. Man has gone to level of utilising resources of animals and birds and started disturbing their habitations, he disgusted. “We are so anxious to lift even wet sand from riverbed for development. Ostentatious living would ultimately destroy nature.”

Failure of economy

With failure of capital and totalitarian economy at world level, what we need is an economy that protects livelihood of rural people, environment and nature.

The creation of awareness among people on nature-friendly simple living, taught by Gandhiji alone would save the world and stop change in climate. It should become a movement of all, including students and people from all walks of life, he added.

Peace Trust Chairman J. Paul Baskar said that national environment awareness campaign on different environmental issues has been implemented in 17 districts through 398 organisations and 18 educational institutions.

A booklet on climate change in CD format was released.

Three best non-government organisations were also honoured in recognition of their effective environment activities.

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