Padma Prize winner Dr. Anil P Joshi fights for gross environmental product

Silchar, May 7: Noted environmentalist Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi on Saturday urged young people in Assam and across northeast India not to abandon their land in the pursuit of careers, at the instead, they should explore the voice potential for local use of the rich natural resources with which the region is blessed.

Dr. Joshi delivered the convocation speech on Friday, the second day of Assam University Silchar’s 19th three-day convocation. Dr. Joshi was congratulated by Professor Rajive Mohan Pant, Vice-Chancellor of the university. The summons process ended on Saturday.

Talk to The Tribune of Assam At Silchar airport on Saturday, Dr Joshi said it was high time for the youth of Assam and the North East to tap into local resources.

“People in the Northeast region are blessed with rich mineral and forest resources and medicinal plants. But somehow, resource-based technical inputs, training and l market intelligence, and marketing skills could not be properly oriented. Young people should not leave their land; instead, they should harness the means to work on local resources that will boost the economy and ecology as well which must grow in tandem, he argued.

Dr. Joshi, founder of the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO), was the man behind the concept of Gross Environmental Product (GEP), especially after the 2013 flood in Uttarakhand. “Today, GEP needs to be introduced in the Western and Northeastern Himalayan region to effectively measure the anthropological pressure on our ecosystem and natural resources. Like Gross Domestic Product, to measure where we are on the Economically, there are four pillars of GEP namely how much organic soil is covered, how much rainwater we have been able to harvest, quality and quantity of water, air and forest respectively which are in line with the scale of economic progression of GDP.While the GEP will calculate the material value of the wealth of our forests and help develop policies for the improvement of our wildlife and environment, it will help develop policies that stimulate sustainable development by also making optimal use of local resources The government of Uttarakhand had already announced the incorporation of GEP in its approach and its focus on the ecosystem and I think the government of Assam must also seek to implement the GEP,” he said.

Dr Joshi in his address to graduate students of Assam Silchar University admitted that the previous generation over the past five decades failed to think and work seriously for forest conservation, that is why future generations had to suffer.

“I admit and apologize that our generation, for the past five decades, has been responsible for not being serious about forest conservation. We are losing our forest cover and the future generation is suffering now. Our forest management policy resources has been largely disappointing. We have been consumers and not contributors to support the blessings of Mother Nature. This is an alarming situation when you see that 35 cities, out of the 50 most polluted cities in the world, are India My heartfelt wishes to the students graduating from this university and I expect the students to realize the situation and become worthy sons of the country and also work for the protection of ecology and economy,” said he declared.

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