Bhubaneswar: Around 33% of World Population at present lives in water-stressed countries. 67% of world population will experience water shortage By 2025. By 2050 around 7 billion people in 60 countries may have to cope with water scarcity. Currently, the world population is about 6 billion and is projected to reach 10 billion by 2040, based on the present growth rate of 1.5 percent per year. This excessive number should signal a call for action concerning resource use and management. Erosion of farmland, overuse of both surface and groundwater, dwindling supplies of finite fossil fuels, and escalating extinction of plant and animal species imperil the ability of the earth’s resources to meet the needs of such enormous numbers of humans. The food situation worldwide is becoming critical. Environmental issues are one of the primary causes of disease, health issues, and long-term livelihood impact for India. There are many environmental issues in India which includes air and water pollution, garbage disposal, and so on. The many problems that are now evident emphasize the urgent need to reassess the status of environmental resources. Based on the evidence, definitive plans must be developed to improve environmental management now and for the future. Youths need to join hands together and discharge their responsibility for protecting the environment. These issues were highlighted in a two days state level youth convention organised by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), in association with ECOSAVERS Youth Network and Adoptions Centrum on 27th and 28th June at DRTC, Bhubaneswar.
Around 70 Youths from different parts of the state which includes members of ECOSAVER youth network promoted by PECUC,CAUSE,YSC,DISHA,OLS,Ruchika , PALLISHREE, Sikhyasandhan and NSS Volunteers participated in the convention and decided to take up massive plantation, protect forests, campaigning against use of plastics, promote organic kitchen garden, conserve rainwater, make bird nests, observe different days relating to environment and create awareness among general public, youths, children and community people.
Sj Pradeep Biswal, IAS ,Additional Secretary of General Administration Department ,Govt of Odisha Dr Dilip Kumar Behera, Senior Environment Scientist, State Pollution Control Board,Govt of Odisha, Mr Ashok Mishra, Assistant Conservator Forest, City forest Division,Bhubaneswar, Mrs Ruby Rout, Country Director, Adoptions Centrum, Mr Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC, Prof. Balaram Panigrahi, HOD, Department of Soil & Water Conservation Engineering, OUAT, Sushree Shailani Suman, Research Scholar, Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC spoke on the occasion and gave message to the youths and encouraged them to be change agents for protecting the environment. The two days youth Convention was ended with a vote of thanks by Jyotirmayee Mohapatra, Programme Manager,PECUC. The convention was supported by Panu Behera, Bijaya Senapati, Nilakantha Reddy, Bisnupriya Mohapatra,Reena Dash of PECUC.