Panaji, June 7: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the government will lay thrust on creating awareness on safeguarding the environment especially among children and youth who are the future of the nation.
Speaking at the Environment Day event and book launch, hosted jointly by the Forest Department and World Wildlife Fund, held at Goa Science Centre Auditorium, Miramar, in the city, the Chief Minister said World Environment Day was an appropriate occasion to understand and broaden knowledge of environmental problems and concerns.
The Chief Minister said,'Goa’s forest cover is a healthy 60 per cent of our geographical area. But we still need to look at problems that are beyond our borders. The list is long. We have reducing tree cover, polluted water bodies, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, volatile organic compounds and acid rain, ozone layer depletion by chlorofluoro carbons, melting glaciers and the Artic ice cap, increasing flash floods, landslides and drought and air pollution.'
The Chief Minister said the rivers of Goa were unique, the fresh water rivers met the sea inland, and therefore had an intertidal overlap. He spoke about the sustainable development carried out by the Goa government. He said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and emphasis on infrastructure of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Government of Goa was building highways, jetties, airports and other infrastructure.
The Chief Minister said reducing vehicle usage and car-pooling can be done at the individual level while the government can concentrate upon infrastructure to ease congestion.
Earlier, the Chief Minister presented the prizes to the winners of various competitions organized in connection with World Environment Day. (UNI)