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Mumbai, Mar 29: Governor S C Jamir on Thursday March 26 said that the felling of forests and trees on account of rapid urbanization had threatened the eco system, environment, food, and water security.
He stressed that it is necessary to save the environment by increasing the green cover and making wastelands productive.
Calling for awareness in the society to stop indiscriminate felling of trees in the name of development, the Governor said that crime against nature should be treated as crime against humanity.
Governor Jamir was speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of the National Society of the Friends of Trees at Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.
The Governor presented the society’s ‘Man of the Trees’ award to well-known Gandhian, former union minister and founder of Vanarai, Dr Mohan Dharia on this occasion.
The Governor said, “For ages, the people of India have worshipped trees as a gift of God to mankind. That kind of reverence for trees and forests is required”. In this connection, he called upon the National Society of the Friends of the Trees to involve the youth in the campaign to save the environment and plant trees.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Dharia said that it was time to utilize non-conventional sources of energy such as solar energy to meet the growing energy requirements of villages and cities. He said for every single tree allowed to be cut for development or road widening, the concerned persons or authorities should be asked to plant at least ten new trees.
Alemla Jamir, Society president Pheroza Godrej, vice-president Nand Kumar Naik, and Mumbai University pro-chancellor Dr Arun Sawant, were present on the occasion.