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Celebration of Environment Should not be a One Day Event-JUVC

JAMMU: An informative and interactive session was organized by the NSS Campus Units on World Environment Day under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor University of Jammu, Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar, who is also the Chairman, NSS, University of Jammu.

While speaking on the theme of this year's Environment Day "Ecosystem Restoration" Prof. Dhar said that in order to derive ecosystem services we need to restore the health of the ecosystems.

He elaborated that healthy ecosystems are rich in biodiversity besides giving greater benefits in terms of higher yields of food and timber, clean air and pure water, reverse effects of climate change, etc.

These steps are highly pertinent to a country like India where a large population is dependent on Agriculture forestry for livelihood. He insisted that the celebration of environment day should not be a one-day event, but a continuous one. He advised the NSS Coordinator and Programme Officers to draw a calendar of events for taking up the issues of restoration of the degraded ecosystem.

He further suggested that Sustainable Development Goals with regard to the elimination of poverty and hunger can be achieved if we use our natural resources sustainably, avoid food wastage, and enhance food production.

He emphatically stressed the need for the planting of trees and asked all to pledge not to waste food, and spread awareness regarding the same. He further stressed upon conservation of Parks, Lakes- keep them clean; Greening of Campuses, Homes, Offices; planting of traditional trees, planting indigenous trees which are suitable for a particular climate.

The Chief Resource Person on the occasion was OP Sharma Vidyarthi, IFS Retd. Principal Chief Conservator of forests and an ardent environmentalist. He is also the initiator of a wonderful green initiative called "Tree talk". He has so far organized about 1300 Tree Talk sessions for creating awareness about the Biodiversity.

Presently he is a member JK Biodiversity Council and Member JK Wildlife Board. He has won Sahitya Akademy award for the DogriBook, 'Trip TripChete' त्रिपत्रिपचेते, translated into Hindi as,'बूंदबूंदस्मृतियां'. He has been awarded many other awards and Prizes for his outstanding contribution towards forestry and environmental education. He may be called the walking encyclopedia on Environment.

OP Sharma Vidyarthi, gave an elaborate insight into the "Sustainable Development Goals and Wild Edible Food Crop Relatives". The participants were all praises for Vidyarthi ji. He related the Sustainable Development Goals to Environmental Conservation.

There should be need-based production-consumption rather than greed-based one. He talked about the wisdom of our ancestors in identifying efficient sources of energy and food, including medicinal plants. He said that COVID 19 is pushing the deadlines of many Developmental Initiatives.

In the UN Decade of Eco-System Restoration, all NSS volunteers should interact with local people, take photographs of indigenous plants and consolidate knowledge. He said that our ancestors knew about the potential of environmental sustainability and restoration but we have become too materialistic to realize and remember that.

He further gave many examples from the local ecology and vocabulary. He also talked about the indigenous plants, their glossary, folk wisdom, phasing out of plastics, indulgence in organic farming, restoration of water resources, preservation of all strata of the environment. He also answered a lot of questions of the participants, a session conducted by Priya Sharma. At the outset the Kul Geet of the University and NSS Songs were played.

A video pertaining to the work of Vidyarthi was also played. The participants found it very informative, there was an overwhelming response from them. Prof. Neeru Sharma, Convener, NSS Campus Units, welcomed the Guests and Participants, Dr. Meghna Dhar, NSS PO introduced the Chief Resource Person, and a Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Savita Nayyar, NSS PO. Prof Vishav Raksha and Dr Hema Gandotra were also present on the occasion.

Vikas Pandita, Senior NSS Volunteer, who is now in TCS, provided the technical support, and NSS Volunteers Gurdarshan and Sumit Verma, helped in the organisation of the event. 

Feedback was also sought from the participants, who were not only from the UT but many other states of India.

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