Communities must come together as one to counter terrorist threat, says LG

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Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday addressed the One Land, One Shared Future program organized by the Department of Forestry here at SKICC.

The event marked the commemoration of World Environment Day. The themes of International Day for Biological Diversity and Environment Day were combined to encourage people to preserve and conserve the ecosystem.

In his address, the Lieutenant Governor stressed the need for coordinated action and collective partnership, in addition to changing our behaviors and lifestyles to combat the impact of climate change and reduce the carbon footprint. to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity.

We are blessed with the rich resources of nature but also face the multiple challenges of a fragile ecosystem that requires collective action to create the right balance between people and nature, the Lieutenant Governor said.

Climate change is a reality. We experience it in the form of climatic extremes, such as the unprecedented heat wave and untimely heavy rains that challenge and endanger the existing ecosystem. This year’s World Environment Day theme “One Earth” reminds the world that environmental protection or sustainable living is not the business of a privileged few, but a collective responsibility. of all of us,” added the Lieutenant Governor.

Ecological sensitivities, conservation of natural heritage, sustainable lifestyle and holistic approach for an environmentally friendly development path can enhance our ability to deal with environmental crises and reverse environmental degradation, observed the Lieutenant Governor.

We are an intrinsic part of nature. For our future generations, everyone must contribute to maintaining the delicate balance of nature. Ecological harmony, pragmatic measures such as the synergy between economic growth and environmental protection for projects can effectively fight against climate change, added the lieutenant governor.

Highlighting the J&K government’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment, the Lieutenant Governor noted that the protected area network represents approximately 12 percent of the geographic area, more than double the national average of 5 %. “Our focus is the industrial environment through nature-based solutions,” he added.

At J&K, with the active participation of PRI and the people, the administration is implementing innovative programs such as Green J&K Drive, Har Gaon Hariyali, One Beat Guard, One Village, City Biodiversity Index, Paed Lagaye Har Beti Ke Naam , Forest Huts for Sustainable Tourism. , Trek Routes, etc. to protect and increase forest cover, in addition to promoting green and sustainable systems through interventions in agriculture, alternative energy resources, prevention of forest erosion, pollution control and river encroachment and ponds, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor called on the Department of Forestry to launch a green innovation program in the universities of J&K, IIT Jammu and NIT Srinagar to promote green innovation among the youth. He also urged all DCs, PRI representatives and J&K Rural Livelihood Mission to begin the process of ‘green labeling’ the products of all self-help groups after passing the tests and validations. He further requested the PRI representatives to identify works related to ecosystem restoration in their respective panchayats.

The Lieutenant Governor has asked the municipalities of Jammu and Srinagar to develop smart cities as climate-smart cities and conduct a year-long “City with Nature” campaign with public participation to prevent pollution water, air and plastic. He further advised all government departments to meet the targets of ending the use of single-use plastic and strengthening the waste management system. He ordered relevant officers to complete the remaining work of installing LED bulbs in all offices within the next 15 days.

On this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor also urged the residents of J&K to isolate terrorist elements to promote peace.

At J&K, we are witnessing another type of pollution-terrorism, exported by our neighboring country and threatening our social harmony. Terrorists target innocent men, women and even children. Society must speak now; Communities must come together as one to combat this threat, the lieutenant governor said.

Terrorism has no place in our society. I call on every citizen to isolate the terrorist elements, to expose their brutality. It is the fundamental duty of every citizen to the nation to protect and promote peace, observed the Lieutenant Governor.

Our police and security forces fight the terrorist threat with restraint and fairness and save innocent lives. Our forces will continue to respond effectively and with a firm resolve to end the destructive threat of terrorism, the Lieutenant Governor added.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, speaking on the occasion, called on the people, especially the younger generation, to take effective measures for the protection and conservation of the environment.

Ch. Sanjeev Verma, Government Commissioner/Secretary, Department of Forests, Ecology and Environment; Dr. Mohit Gera, Senior Chief Conservator of Forestry (HoFF) and Chair of the J&K Biodiversity Council, and S. Rakesh Kumar, Director of Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing highlighted departmental deliverables aimed at protecting the environment and increase green coverage at J&K.

Ch. T Rabi Kumar, PCCF Kashmir Extra delivered the vote of thanks.

On the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor released a special cover from Department of Posts, GoI in commemoration of 111 years since the founding of Kashmir Chitternar Forestry Training School.

The Lieutenant Governor presented prizes to the winners of the “GreenLIFE competition” and launched the prototype of the GreenLIFE mobile application – an initiative that will motivate people to reduce their daily carbon footprint.

Various publications on environmental and biodiversity conservation included Wetlands Inside Forest, Geospatial Monitoring of Dal Lake, Framework Note on Disaster Resilient Cities for Jammu & Srinagar, ‘Jungle JaivVividhata’ by J&K Biodiversity Council, besides Nature Asset Maps of Smart Cities of Jammu & Srinagar and forest wetlands short films and videos; “One Beat Guard, One Village Program” was also released to mark the day.

Previously, upon his arrival, the Lieutenant Governor inspected the stalls set up by the various departments and students of the school, and also planted a sapling.

Ch. DV Mahesh, Chief Postmaster General, J&K Circle; Administrative secretaries; Kashmir Divisional Commissioner; senior officers, in addition to members of the PRI, representatives of several NGOs, teachers and students from various schools were present on occasion.

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