First step towards preserving five essential elements of the environment
New Delhi: 4 June 2018 – EcoSphere- an NGO working for environmental conservation - today organized a seminar- “We and the Environment”, to make the society acknowledge its responsibility for the environment and preserve it. In the wake of the World Environment Day – celebrated every year on 5th June - EcoSphere brought together some of the best known environmentalists to discuss ways for protecting ecology and arrest its degradation.
The seminarwas joined by Dr Rajendra Prasad, Magsaysay Awardee and knownenvironmentalist, Mr M. C Metha winner of GlodmanEnvironmental Prize, Dr Faiyaz A. Khudsar, Director, YamunaBiodiversity, Mr. Khamu Ram Bishnoi an environmental, Mr.Sanjay Singh of Parmarth Seva Sanstha and Swaraj Abhiyanpresident Mr. Yogendra Yadav.
On 2nd June,for World Environment Day, EcoSpeher has asked people to take a step closer toour roots and actively asked to do any five things to protect and conserve theecosystem because the people of this country are known to have shared a uniquebond with nature for ages. This will be a way when each one of us cancontribute towards the green and healthy environment.
Sharing histhoughts during the seminar a renowned water conservationist RajendraSingh, who is also known as the waterman of India stressed onpromoting awareness among people on protecting the environment. “InIndia we make this movement - the bringing back of resource ownership intothe hands of the common man. Today, we are getting clean air and water due tosociety not because of the government.”
Drawingattention to an increasingly large number of farmers in Maharashtra growingsugarcane and their counterparts in Punjab and Haryana sowing paddy just tofetch more money, he said, “such changing crop pattern will lead to farmdistress.”
Dr.Faiyaz A. Khudsar, thescientist in charge of Yamuna Biodiversity Park said, “with the evergrowing economies we need such sustainable development that meets the needs ofthe present situation, without compromising the ability of future generationsneeds and also keeping the past heritage maintained of the environment.
SwarajAbhiyan president Yogendra Yadav said, “Farmers are mostly affected due the climatechange. These farmers and agricultural workers faced extremely stressful anddifficult conditions since many years. Change in agricultural productivitypatterns is due to climate change that has resulted reduced annual agriculturalincome. Genetically modified crops, like, ‘BT Cotton’ costs more to the farmersthat has increased the risk to farmers which are falling into bankruptcy.” Hefurther added that, “we have to develop a cordial relation with our mother naturefor our future generation.”
Padma Shriand Noted environmental lawyer Mr. M.C. Mehta said, “We allhave ethos which we should put into good use and make our environment clean. Wemust clean and protect our rivers. Despite a long series of court orders to closepolluting factories and build wastewater treatment plants, too many directiveswere ignored by state and national authorities and water quality measurementsshow that the river is fouler, dangerous, and dirty than ever.”
Mr. KhamuRam Bishnoi said,“I have started my fight for environment protection in 2005 and thereon around300 people are associated with me in this initiative against use of plasticbags. We make people aware by our theme songs and Nukkar-Natak on drive towardscleanliness. In preservation and protection of the environment we collectinformation and share with our community so that everyone becomes a part ofconservation. I am proud to say that we are bringing positive change byeducating our society by different ways which is well taken by them andimplemented accordingly.”
Mr.Sanjay Singh of Parmarth Seva Sanstha said, “We are doing advocacy on Water Right bystrengthening grass-root civil society organizations. Our capacity developmentand promotion of diversity for inclusive, sustainable growth in India is JalJan Jodo Campaign. Building capacity of civil society organizations: India JalJan Jodo campaign was launched in 2013 by experts and activists working onwater issues in eleven states. The main objective of the campaign was toconnect people with water conservation issues. Under this Campaign formed “JalSaheli” (water friends), which are women's groups, in villages ofBundelkhand. Members of this group took steps to conserve water resources intheir respective villages.
Mr. PrashantGunjan of EcoSphere said,“EcoSphere works on Social Environmental issues very closely and has gatheredvarious concern which are adversely impacting human life. For Millennium, ourIndian Traditions has been talking about the human relationship with itsenvironment but there is big gap has created in between and to fill this gap,EcoSphere with its “Athaah Pravaah” series of the dialogue focuses onchallenges of attaining sustainable development worldwide.”
Commonpeople of Delhi swore the oath to protect all the five elements of environmentawarded to environmental preachers were distributed for their selflesscontribution towards our healthy society. Mr. Yamuna Seva Samiti's ConvenorDharmendra Gupta, Vinod Kumar Singh of Gandhinagar Foundation, Sanjay Puri ofSanjay Puri, Sanjay Puri of District Organizing Protection Foundation and SDVijayan associated with the Ministry of Democratic Affairs were honored asEnvironmental Sentinels.