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The introduction of environmental studies in school and colleges became imperative, as the understanding of ecological problems by people was still inadequate, he said while launching the `Ecology of Hope Initiative' at the M.S.Swaminathan Foundation here today.
Demanding that the corporate bodies be made accountable for the protection of environment, the Governor said economic development should not be at the cost of ecology. In this connection, he referred to the demands made by industrialists to exempt their units from environmental clearance, which showed that they had least concern for crucial issues. Economic growth should neither lead to new distortions nor increase old distortions in ecology, he added.
The MSSRF chairman, M.S.Swaminathan, said the launch was made on the eve of the world summit on sustainable development being held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4. Even 10 years after the Rio de Janeiro meet on environment, negative trends eclipsed the progress made in the field.
The nuclear peril was once again emerging as a possibility and unemployment was driving millions of youth into desperation. It was in this context the Foundation was asked to launch the `Ecology of hope initiative' at the world summit in Johannesburg. The Foundation was concentrating on preparing a sustainable livelihood security compact based on eco-jobs and eco-entrepreneurship. It has developed a strategy for a hunger-free world.
In connection with the Johannesburg summit, the Governor released three publications brought out by the Foundation.
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