Raising children’s awareness of environmental protection: judge Sthalekar

Raising awareness of the environment and the overwhelming need to ensure its protection for the survival of mankind should be the main focus of education in schools, as children need to know the situation from an early age, said Judge B. Amit Sthalekar, Judicial Member of the National Green Tribunal. the Saturday.

“The need of the hour is not modernity and development, but the protection of the environment which was of the utmost importance today,” Justice Sthalekar said at the annual conference in Siksha ‘O ‘Anusandhan (SOA) reputed to be a university. here.

“If the environment is not protected, all development will stop completely”, he declared on the topic “Environment and humanity”.

Judge Sthalekar said children in school should be environmentally aware from the start and now is the time to teach them “E” for the environment instead of “E” for the elephant. “Children should be removed so that they can be made aware of the environment, how it degrades and the impact of pollution so that they learn to protect it,” he said.

“The environment has been a gift for mankind and man has not created anything. Generations have survived thanks to a healthy environment. But things have changed today because we tried to play God, ”he said.

Professor (Dr.) Ashok Kumar Mahapatra, Vice-Chancellor of SOA, chaired the program which was also addressed by Mr. Subhayu Banerjee, Registrar, National Green Tribunal, Professor Pradipta Kumar Nanda, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of SOA, Professor Bijay Kumar Sahoo, Dean of the SOA Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Professor SAK Azad, Dean of the SOA National Law Institute and Professor Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean (Human Welfare students).

Tech-driven gadgets, Justice Sthalekar said, were seen as signs of development and progress as the use of air coolers, air conditioners and refrigerators increased. But the emission of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from these devices has proven to be the main cause of the depletion of the ozone layer over Antarctica, creating a serious danger to the environment.

India, however, agreed to phase out CFCs completely by 2047 at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as COP26, in Glasgow recently, he said.

Declaring that the development of technology after World War II had been mind-boggling, Judge Sthalekar said electronic gadgets became obsolete in no time even as apprehensions were expressed about electromagnetic radiation.

“While the current generation is not affected, we don’t know what will happen to the next generation,” he said.

Chronicle of the series of conferences globally organized to discuss greenhouse gas emissions, environmental deterioration, climate change, depletion of groundwater leading to desertification and loss of forests, the Judge Sthalekar said solid waste generation in India was a serious problem.

India generated 52.9 million tonnes of solid waste in 2019, of which around 46% could be treated. Of that total, plastic waste accounted for 5.6 million tonnes, he said.

Addressing the program, Prof Mahapatra said that humanity has created a situation that is conducive to environmental destruction.

“Pollution is one of the main causes of death as life expectancy decreases, but we are either unable to understand or we are arrogant to ignore the signs,” he said.

Justice Sthalekar, who planted two saplings on the campus of the Institute of Business and Computer Studies (IBCS) and the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS), the faculties of management and agricultural sciences of the SOA , has also published several books on agriculture on the occasion.

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