CHANDIGARH , 5 June : “Conserving the environment is not just an issue anymore. It is a survival truth. Government, institutions, organisations and individuals need to join hands and build synergies to protect what is left of our planet so that the future is not wiped out before it’s time for a curtain call,” highlighted Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER while inaugurating an impressive event organised to mark the observance of World Environment Day 2019 at PGIMER Community Centre, Sector 24 here today.
“By making simple and small changes in our daily routine like using reusable bags and containers, buying less disposable products, turning off the lights, TV, or other electrical appliances when not in use etc. we shall be contributing towards making the world a better place to live,” stated Director PGIMER while highlighting the importance of engagement of each one of us to conserve the environment. “Let us commit on this World Environment Day to cycle more and drive less to conserve fuel and prevent auto-emission. This will be a big step forward,” urged Prof. Jagat Ram at the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Vipin Koushal, Acting Medical Superintendent, PGIMER & Nodal officer, ROTTO shared, “Considering the gravity of environment degradation, conserving environment has to be a way of life for all of us. Lets not limit all the environment conservation activities to one day, instead these initiatives should be an integral part of our lives. This is the only way to save Mother Eatrth from pre mature extinction.”
The event organised by Association of Medical Social Workers, PGIMER in collaboration with Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) also witnessed a plantation drive of fruit bearing trees including mango, pomegranate, jamun by the dignitaries and the members present on this occasion.
Mr. P.S. Saini, S.H.E. PGIMER lauded the intent and efforts of the organisers while Ms Sudha Gupta, President, Association of Medical Social Workers, PGIMER asserted that the efforts would not be limited to ceremonial plantation alone, rather these saplings would be nurtured and taken care of to ensure their growth properly.
The saplings were procured from Forest Department Chandigarh Administration through an NGO, Triveni. The event concluded with vote of thanks for the dignitaries, staff of horticulture department PGIMER and all the participants for their presence and cooperation