Thursday, November 24, 2011

Endeavor to protect mother earth

Endeavor to protect mother earth
Sruthy Gopal

“We do not inherit earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”
- A Native American proverb
            The word ‘sustainable’ must have originated from man’s concern about the future. Every human being living in the planet has got an inherent responsibility to pay off a debt to mother Earth.
VC Dr. A Jayakrishnan releases the brochure. Also seen are secretary Dr. A R Rajan (left) and syndicate member Dr. Mohanachandran Nair
            The main objective of 81st annual session of the oldest science academy in India, The National Academy of Science is to preserve the pristine nature of the earth. The annual session and National Symposium on Sustainable Management of Biodiversity Using Science and Technology, hosted by University of Kerala, is aimed at conserving the biodiversity for sustainable development.
            Significant topics like biodiversity in the national and global perspective, bioresearch and management, eco-services, fragile ecosystems, critical scientific and technological inputs, government initiatives and capacity building will be discussed.
            “Biodiversity is interlinked with food security. In the 21st century, food security must be the first priority of the nation. The symposium will discuss critical scientific and technological inputs in biodiversity and food security”, said Dr. A. Bijukumar, Joint organizing secretary of the conference.
            To certain extent, Science and Technology has to take the liability of man’s uncontrolled exploitation of resources. The symposium offers a platform for those who think that science can contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in a better manner.
            The National Academy of Sciences India- Swarna Jayanthi Puraskars, each comprising Rs. 5000 and citation, will be awarded to young scientists presenting the best research papers in the sections of physical and biological sciences.
            The symposium brings together 400 participants from all over the country. 

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