New Delhi: India’s firm devotion to the cause of conservation and sustainable development, especially the gains made by the country in the field of renewable energy can change the global conservation landscape, says Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.
“India has a great tradition of venerating nature. So, it is the duty of every Indian to take care of mother earth, nurture it and leave a clean environment for the coming generations,” the Vice-President said at the presentation ceremony of ‘Earth Heroes Awards’ 2018 on Friday.
The awards have been instituted by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and the eight winners for the year were chosen for their significant contributions towards protecting and conserving the valuable resources of the planet. Mr Naidu congratulated the winners for the year and told them that their commitment, creativity and energy were truly exemplary.
Pointing out the drastic increase in the number of natural disasters the nation has been facing in the recent times due to environmental degradation, he said “If we have to survive, we need nature to protect and nourish us. That is why we have to take care of it so that it takes care of us.”
Mr Naidu added,”We should remind ourselves of the relevant observation of Mahatma Gandhi that the earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed.”
The Vice-President also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the UN’s Champions of the Earth Award and said that this award belongs to every citizen of the nation.
On the Occasion, Pankaj Phatarphod, Managing Director and Country Head of Services and India Chairperson, RBS Foundation India, said, “The consequences of climate change and the planet’s depleting natural resources are much closer. Solving these grave issues is not a question of legislation alone but of our positive actions.’
Dr Brij Gopal, Mr Peera Ram Bishnoi, Mr Devender Singh Chauhan, Ms Rita Banerji, Mr Abhilash Khandekar, Mr Lalit Kumar Bora, Late S Manikandan and the Special Task Force (Wildlife), Madhya Pradesh Forest Department were honoured with the ‘Earth Heroes’ awards.