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Aligarh: To raise awareness of environmental concerns, a series of Eco Club events at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have been held recently on various global observations of ecological significance such as World Conservation Day. biodiversity, World No Tobacco Day, World Heritage Day, Bicycle Day, World Environment Day, World Oceans Day and World Day to Combat Drought and Desertification.

World Biodiversity Day with the theme “Building a shared future for all life forms” was observed with lectures and presentations by expert faculty members.

Professor Parvez Qamar Rizvi (Department of Plant Protection) made a presentation on “The importance and role of biodiversity in maintaining ecological balance”; while Professor Wasim Ahmad (Department of Zoology) explained how we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our water, food, medicine, clothing, fuel, shelter and energy.

The speakers insisted on raising awareness of biodiversity conservation.

At the inaugural lecture on the theme “Protecting the Environment” of “No Tobacco Day”, Dr. Wasif Mohammad Ali (Department of Surgery, JN Medical College-JNMC) said, “The harmful impact of the industry of tobacco on the environment is vast and growing, adding unnecessary pressure to the already scarce resources and fragile ecosystems of our planet.Tobacco kills millions of people each year and destroys our environment, further harming human health , through cultivation, production, distribution, consumption and post-consumer waste”.

“Reducing tobacco consumption must be identified as a key lever for achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals, not just those directly related to health,” stressed Dr. Ali Jafar Abedi (President, University Eco Club).

Gangu Khodabux Bibi Shaheen from Mauritius won the first prize of the “International Week of Photography” with the theme “Shutterbug” on “World Heritage Day”; while Rayyan Ahmad and Taqi Abbas received second and third prizes respectively.

‘Pedal Green’, a cyclothon organized to mark ‘World Bicycle Day’ witnessed a lively and spirited participation of students.

“The event drew attention to the benefits of using bicycles – a simple, affordable, clean and environmentally friendly sustainable mode of transport that strengthens the fight against climate change,” said Kulsum Salahuddin ( secretary, University Eco Club and program manager).

Students also participated in the Scientific Paper Writing Contest, the Scientific 3D Model Contest, the “Best out of Waste” contest on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” the Poster Contest, and the writing slogans on ‘Protecting the Environment’ in the University Eco Club’s ‘World Environment Day’ observations on the theme ‘One Earth’.

As part of the national symposium of the “World Oceans Day” program on the theme “Revitalization; Collective Action for the Ocean’ organized in hybrid online and offline mode; expert speaker, Prof. Sunil Kumar Singh (Director, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa) called for immediate action to protect the oceans.

“The oceans need support and urgent decisions must be made to preserve and protect them. Our waters face huge risks from overfishing, climate change and plastic pollution,” he warned.

Professor Sunil drew attention to growing concerns over pollution, the threat to marine life and the onset of climate change.

A water scarcity and drought awareness symposium was also organized to mark the “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought”, during which experts stressed the urgent need to restore degraded lands and find solutions to food and water problems. shortages and fires caused by severe droughts.

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