Need To Evolve Environment Protection Policy: J-K CM

29 August 2009

Leh: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday expressed concern about climate change and global warming, and stressed need to evolve a comprehensive environment protection policy. 'Our water bodies, glaciers, forests, fauna and flora are under constant threat by our own uncalled for interference with the nature,' he warned. 'A need has arisen to evolve a comprehensive environment protection policy based on scientific studies,' Omar said addressing a seminar on global warming in Leh. He said large involvement of people was required to address the environment related problems. The Chief Minister said nature has bestowed its choicest blessings upon the state and people have to protect this wealth at all costs. Omar said besides government departments, NGOs in the field of environment and ecology have a great role to play in creating mass awareness about the climate change. We have to sensitise public at all levels and make them understand the ill effects of global warming, he said. The three-day seminar is being organised by local Himalayan Club. A number of scientists, environmentalists and ecologists are participating in the seminar to work out strategy to save Himalayas and address effects of global warming.