Environment conservation must become part of our lifestyle, says CM Fadnavis
Devendra Fadnavis stressed that environment conservation should become a part of our consciousness. “To ensure environment conservation we must address the issue of livelihood. People must be convinced that they can earn their livelihood through conservation and not by destroying the environment,” he said.pune Updated: Oct 07, 2017 22:58 IST
Environment conservation will be possible only if it is integrated into our livelihood and lifestyles. If this happens, there would be no need to focus separately on environment conservation, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Saturday.
The chief minister was in the city for the inaugural ceremony of the two-day Regional Conference on Environment 2017. The conference was organised by the National Green Tribunal, Western States Pollution Control Boards and Western States Coastal Zone Management Authorities.
Justice Madan B Lokur, judge, Supreme Court was the chief guest and those present included justice Swatanter Kumar, chairperson, National Green Tribunal (NGT) and justice Manjula Chellur, chief justice, Mumbai High Court.
Fadnavis said, “Enacting laws is a big process and implementing them is a more difficult process. For proper implementation, it is necessary that all stakeholders come together and deliberate on ways on implementing the laws efficiently.”
He stressed that environment conservation should become a part of our consciousness. “To ensure environment conservation we must address the issue of livelihood. People must be convinced that they can earn their livelihood through conservation and not by destroying the environment,” he said.
Speaking on the issue of environment degradation, justice Lokur said there are three main players in the issues pertaining to environment- the government, citizens and the judiciary. He emphasised that the government has a very important role of preserving and protecting the environment.
“The government must ensure balance while doing developmental projects. The ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude of the government seen many times needs to change,” he said.
Justice Lokur suggested that people must come together and present a powerful voice. “There are several NGOs which work in specialised areas of environment conservation. They can consult the government whenever required,” he said.
According to him, the mindset of the people must change and their participation for preserving the environment is very crucial. There was a need for the government, people and the judiciary to introspect on whether they were doing enough for the environment, he said. He also suggested that if all laws related to environment could be consolidated and made accessible to people it could help in environment conservation.
‘No untreated water would enter the sea in Mumbai’
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday stated that after long deliberations with ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), the government can ensure that in the coming four years not a single drop of untreated water would enter the sea in Mumbai. He said that so far there were no discharge standards for untreated liquid waste into the sea which are likely to soon be finalised.