Appealing to the public to conserve the environment and protect the rich natural resources for the future generation, the concerned citizens of the city launched a forum for taking up eco-friendly initiatives in Mysuru under the banner of Parisara Jagruthi Vedike.
The forum, Parisara Jagruthi Vedike was inaugurated at Veenesheshanna Bhavan in Ganabharathi here on Wednesday.
Chamundeshwari Constituency MLA G T Devegowda launched the forum and the manifesto which included slogans released by the WHO was launched by Mayor B L Bhyrappa.
During the event, Mysore District Journalists Association President K Deepak distributed various medicinal plants and fruit saplings to the public who gathered in the event.
Delivering a seminar on the environment, KSOU Environmental Science Department Chairman Dr T S Harsha observed that environment conservation awareness programmes has become a fashion nowadays and that should be eliminated and need of practically implementing green initiatives with dedication is the need of the hour.
“There is no need for conserving the environment as it has its own rejuvenation capacity. Rather than protecting the environment we need to focus on not destroying the environment. Indeed, it is the responsibility of every human being,” he added.
Further adding he said that there was a need for creating awareness among ‘so-called’ well educated people leading luxurious life completely ignoring the environmental concern.
Citing few of the areas that come under the Mysuru City Corporation limits, he claimed, the Mysuru city was not as clean as it has been claimed under the Swachch Bharat Mission. Thus, there is a need for both public and private participation to ensure hygiene in the city, he noted.
MLA G T Devegowda by citing many examples recalled the traditional culture where plenty of medicinal plants grew in the premises of every household which has now disappeared in the modern society.
He said, with growing stress on commercial crop cultivation, vegetation is decreasing the agriculture fields thus resulting in poor rainfall. He urged the public to share eco-friendly ideas with neighbours and friends so that it results in a positive impact.
Distributing medicinal saplings MDJA President K Deepak said that protection of environment should be treated as a fundamental right.
Melukote Vangipura Nambimutt seer Ilai Alwar, Adichunchanagiri mutt seer Somanatha Swamiji, Parisara Jagruthi Vedike President T Mahadevaswamy, Sanjeminchu daily editor M N Lathamohan, Cultural patron K Raguram, Yashaswini Housing Cooperative Society President Yashaswini Lokeshwar and others were present during the event.