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March 2, 2024 11:54 am

Immediate Action requires to save planet – experts calls for collective efforts

P S Walia
Kapurthala, April 24

Earth is facing issues of increasing global population, rising temperatures which are affecting the climate, decreasing water tables, loss of habitat, threat to biodiversity in agricultural fields & forests and overall degradation of our ecosystems.

The healthier the ecosystems are, the healthier will be the planet and its people. Conserving natural ecosystems and restoring those which are damaged will help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction of species, but we will only succeed when everyone takes a part.

This views has been expressed by Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, Science City at the occasion of Earth Day, 2023 celebrations for which a program was jointly organized with Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.

The theme of the World Earth Day 2023 is “Invest in our Planet” which is anchored on the three pillars of ‘Act, Innovate & Implement’.

The theme emphasizes on joining people from the public, various businesses and governing organizations and raising a voice to enlighten the responsibility of each to combat the nature crisis and ignite a movement toward a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable future.

She said that whereas individuals must raise demand for a safe and healthy environment, businesses should move towards green practices and governments must encourage innovations which ensure a fair global economic system through sustainable development.

Prof AS Ahluwalia, Pro Vice Chancellor, Eternal University, Baru Sahib Himachal Pradesh was the key speaker at this occasion.

He delivered a special talk on the topic “Causes, Effect and mitigation of Deteriorating Mother Earth’s Environment”.

During his address he said that Environmental degradation occurs when the earth’s natural resources are depleted and the environment is compromised in the form of extinction of species, pollution in the air, water and soil, and rapid growth in population. Further he said Earth Day serves as a reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting our environment and the real time actions can make a big difference in creating a more sustainable future. This day also motivates us to plant more trees, ensure efforts to keep water bodies neat and clean in order to make Earth greener.

At this occasion Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director Science City opined that an integrated effort by global level is necessary to solve this climate change problem, there is hope that with education, compassion, and hard work we can bring about the necessary change to our environment.

Thus, such efforts create a better world for our children that we inherited from our parents. Further he suggested for planting more trees as this is one of the best way to control global warming as well as provide habitat for other living beings. An exhibition on Mission LiFE was also organized at this occasion.

Science Play and Painting competition for school students was also organized at this occasion.

Results of the competition:

In Science Play competition A team of Akal Academy Dhanil Kalan Kapurthala stood first, Bawa Lalwani School Kapurthala got second prize and third prize went to Guru Amardass Public School Ucha Bate Kapurthala.

In painting competition Princedeep also from Guru Amardass Public School received first, Niyat from Baw Lalwani School Kapurthala stood second and Arshpreet Kaur from Akal Academy got third position.

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