Rodrigues calls for low carbon habits in daily life style

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Chandigarh, Jun 4 (UNI) Punjab Governor and UT administrator Gen (Retd) SF Rodrigues today appealed to the people of the Union Territory to be active partners of eco-friendly mission to reduce carbon emissions by inculcating low carbon habits in daily life and take afforestation on a massive scale.

In his message issued on the eve of 'World Environment Day' Gen Rodrigues made a forceful plea for a collective and action-oriented endeavour for maintaining the ecological balance and to ensure sustainable development by adopting good living practices.

Regarding the theme and slogan for 2008 given by the United Nations Environment Programme, 'Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy', General Rodrigues said ''We have to develop innovative environment-friendly strategies to make positive contribution to the future of planet Earth and to shape a healthy ambience for future generations.'' ''There is a need for boosting the efforts for protecting the environment by incorporating an environment perspective in each and every policy and programme, to highlight the economic importance of the ecology in human life and sensitising the general public on environment issues,'' he said in the release.

General Rodrigues further said the Chandigarh administration had undertaken various environmental beneficial measures and promoting solar energy technologies to improve the environment of the city.

The administration has constructed cycle tracks in the city to promote the use of bicycles and thereby minimising pollution.

Plantation of one million trees during 2008 is another important step to enhance green cover and mitigate pollution, he said.

The Administration has already set up a Solid Waste Processing Unit equipped with all modern techniques to help maintain the city clean and green.

He impressed upon the industrial community to consider environment aspects at all stages of development and to create products, which will reduce waste and improve their competitive position in the market.

General Rodrigues appealed to the people of the Union Territory to be active partners of eco-friendly mission of reducing carbon emissions by inculcating low carbon habits in our lifestyle, promoting the use of bicycles and taking afforestation on massive scale.

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