‘Need to carry forward blessings of nature to our succeeding generations’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jul 2018 08:00:05


 

CHENNAI,

TAMIL Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said “Nature is not an inheritance from our ancestors but a borrowing made for succeeding generations” and it is our duty to preserve Nature and bequeath its resources to succeeding generations in a manner that is sustainable, by following an eco-friendly path”.


Inaugurating the International Environmental Day, Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Tree Plantation Day Celebrations at Government Higher Secondary School, here on Saturday, he said “Mahatma Gandhi, in his writings
mentioned, “Nature has enough to satisfy every man’s need but not enough to satisfy every man’s greed”.


He said that the earth gives us the air we breathe, the water we drink, the sun light we enjoy, the fire that helps us in cooking our food, the trees that give shade and oxygen, etc. These are examples of Mother Nature’s blessings to mankind.
The Governor said it is important that we recognise this and take steps to carry forward these blessings of Nature to our succeeding generations.


Purohit said our ancestors knew the practice of sustainable development. That is the reason why India has had a continuing civilisation for more than 5000 years. The agricultural practices were sustainable. The needs of the people were limited and contentment was the principle that was admired, appreciated and propagated. He said in the last 200 years, “we have had many technological innovations that have improved the standard of living. The use of electricity, use of vehicles for transportation and the use of gadgets to improve communication have definitely helped to make our living conditions better. But it is important to draw the line so that we do not exceed limits”.


Speaking about global warming, he said on Saturday that the use of petrol and petroleum products, the use of plastics and the mindless dependence on artificial chemicals have resulted in serious environmental damage.
That is why the nations of the world met at Paris in 2015 to control carbon emissions.


Global warming is emerging as a major problem and threatens to wipe out large populations if left uncontrolled, he added.