Venkaiah Naidu urges youth to volunteer in campaign to protect environment

He requested people to participate voluntarily in several environmental conservation activities and stated that youth should steer the movement to protect the environment and “motivate others to adopt sustainable practices”.

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New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu underlined the urgency posed by climatic change on Sunday and called out for people’s movement towards environment protection. He was giving a speech in Hyderabad at an event to release Nursery Rajyaniki Raraju, a book depicting the life story of a renowned conservationist, late Palla Venkanna.

He requested people to participate voluntarily in several environmental conservation activities and stated that youth should steer the movement to protect the environment and “motivate others to adopt sustainable practices”. “They should drive the point among people that if we take care of nature, nature, in turn, will care of mankind,” he quoted.

Addressing the consequences of rapid deforestation and urbanisation, Naidu said, “There has been an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events in recent times such as flash floods and landslides in different parts of the world. These are clear signs that climate change is real and it cannot be business as usual anymore.”

“We must balance our developmental needs with environmental protection and make sure everyone understands the importance of sustainable living. Meaningful development is possible only when it takes into account the cost to the environment,” the Vice President added.

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