Make eco-conservation your passion: Heblikar | Hubballi News

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Dharwad: Awareness on environment and ecology is the need of the hour for sustainable development, said actor, and environmentalist Suresh Heblikar.
He spoke at an awareness programme on ‘Way Forward for Green Initiative: Conservation of Environment and Ecology’ organised by the Institutional Development Plan Project of University of Agricultural Sciences here on Friday. He called upon the youths to make environment conservation a passion.
“There is the vast Western Ghats in Karnataka and India is the country blessed with enormous amount of sunlight, rainwater and wind energy, which must be utilized properly. Unfortunately, lot of damage is being caused to Western Ghats despite several organizations launching agitations against encroachment of ghat area and destruction,” he lamented.
“The Western Ghats cover 159,000 sq km, traverse 1,600 km through six west coast states – Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu – and house an incredible diversity of species and some of the finest examples of moist deciduous and tropical forests,” Heblikar said.
The ghats, also known as Sahyadri in Maharashtra, has 5,000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species and 179 amphibian species. At least 325 of these are globally threatened species, he added.
“It’s a complex network of 22 rivers that provides nearly 40% of India’s water-catchment systems and hence there is an urgent need for policy makers and the government to ensure the treasure is conserved,” he asserted.
UAS vice-chancellor Mahadev B Chetti said UAS will develop an Agro Ecosystem Tourism Park for recreation and knowledge of young children. The UAS also wants to push agriculture as one of the subjects in schools to inculcate awareness on environment as well as agriculture, he added. IDP cordinator KV Ashalatha and Jyoti Vastrad also spoke.
Caption: Actor, director and environmentalist Suresh Heblikar waters a plant to inaugurate a programme at University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad on Friday. (TOI)

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