Students can protect environment

The Daily Star July 1, 2012

The daylong ‘Environment Olympiad-2012’ concluded yesterday with a 17-point declaration, including a vow to protect the country’s already endangered environment and to resist land grabbers.

Expediting clean environment movement

With participation of over 700 students of different private and public universities, colleges and schools in Dhaka, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) and North South University (NSU) jointly organised the programme at the latter’s Bashundhara campus in the capital.

The participating students took oath to work for the betterment of environment and to save it destruction.

Prof Rowshan Jahan, wife of late Prof Mozaffer Ahmad, a renowned economist and social worker, was the chief guest at the oath taking ceremony.

The 17-point declaration includes taking active measures as much as possible from everyone’s respective positions to protect environment, participating in good activities at least one in a day to safe environment without hampering study, taking initiative to protect river, canal and other water bodies and to increase their water flow.

The declaration also says, students will also resist land grabbers from occupying fields.

They will also put pressure on policymakers to refrain from taking steps can make environment hazardous.

The students will also take initiative to create eco-friendly bio-diversity and forestation in the country’s coastal belt, the declaration further says.

Earlier, in the morning, Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud urged youths to come forward to protect environment.

“You don’t need much to give your attention to politics. You rather think of our endangered environment,” the noted economist said speaking at the inaugural session as chief guest.

Noted urban expert Prof Nazrul Islam, former chairman of University Grants Commission also called upon youths to engage them in environment awareness activities without damaging their studies.

MA Hashem, chairman, NSU Trustee Board, Hafiz GA Siddique, vice chancellor of NSU and Abdul Matin, general secretary of Bapa were also present at the programme.