Udupi, June 06, 2016: Udupi devasthana Paryaya Pejawar mutt seer Vishwesha Theertha Swami said that a spirited and hearty society is possible only when rapidly increasing infant mortality, cattle slaughter and deforestation process are curtailed.
He spoke after inaugurating the awareness workshop on environment protection jointly organised by Pejawar mutt and SKD-RDP, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project.
The seer said that the increasing deforestation owing to globalisation is proving dangerous. Major ill effects and impact would be observed in the days to come. There is a need to protect trees and plants thereby neutralising the pollution on a massive scale owing to the deforestation process. The environment protection campaign should be taken up as a community task, and the involvement of every individual is necessary. The depleting groundwater level and global warming should be a lesson on the greed of human beings.
"If action is not taken immediately to conserve the forest treasures, the next generation will face painful fatal consequences. People must develop love for trees and plants. Every individual should make up the mind to plant at least one sapling in the courtyard of the house and nurture it.
Speaking on the occasion, Pejawar mutt junior seer Sri Vishwaparasanna Theertha Swami said the oxygen from all the water resources available on earth, would be exhausted sooner than later. Thereafter, there would no oxygen for the nourishment of living beings. In this scenario, human beings should realise the importance of forests and natural resources and their role in making available the oxygen to all living creatures on earth.
"The mutt has already initiated a programme to grow trees on about two acres of land and also intends to grow nearly crore trees all over the district during a two-year period. Another 30 acres of land is exclusively earmarked for the purpose of growing tress," he stated.
Writer Narendra Rai Derla said that available data indicates, two acres of forest are destroyed every minute across the globe. The developmental process - enabling mechanical, technical and scientific revolution - has led to massive changes in landmass. The culture of cultivation is diminishing from the lives of human beings, paving way for mechanised culture.
"Agriculture is the cultural origin of all civilisations in the world. The migration level is too high as people from rural areas are finding their habitat in urban culture. The rural areas are transforming into barren land without human habitat and farm culture," he noted. Major changes in life style would result in pathetic crisis in future for humans.