02-NOV-2016: Mr Mark Tully, former Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi today delivered a special lecture on Climate Change at University Polytechnic (Boys), Aligarh Muslim University.
During his informative lecture, Mr Tully held the careless attitude of human being, responsible for changes in climate, which are linked to environment crisis. He said that the main cause of climate change is the Greenhouse effect which is a result of the cavalier nature of human activities. Mr Tully told that the fossil fuels, available in nature, are limited in quantity and should not be put to excessive use. Giving reference of the Paris Conference, he informed that the seriousness of environment crisis is a matter of concern for which there is a dire need of change in lifestyle.
Mr Tully said that Consumerism is motivated by greed, which cannot be satisfied. Quoting Mr Jeffrey Sachs, he said that we are unconcerned about the ill effects of income inequality and are willfully slashing social benefits. "We are destroying the earth as if we are indeed the last generation", said Mr Tully. He stated that our nature and attitude towards nature is fundamental to the way we live. Providing references from Hadith, Mr Tully told that the Almighty has appointed us as the custodians of the adorable nature of earth.
Quoting the Christian religious leaders, he said that the safeguarding of nature is our obligation as harming it means harming ourselves. Quoting from Gandhiji, Mr Tully said "there are enough resources for everybody's need but not enough for greed". He pointed out that religious leaders are not doing much to preserve the nature because they are busy fighting with each other. Mr Tully emphasized that the world did not need a disaster or acclimate change to bring positive changes in life.
In his presidential note, AMU Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) appreciated the journalistic services of Mr Tully and praised him for his conviction to the truth and justice.
Lt Gen Shah said that the founder of AMU, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was very concerned about the wildlife conservation and he paid special attention towards climate study while looking for the land for establishing MAO College. He asdi atht our scientists are relentlessly busy in finding scientific solutions for desalination of seawater, tapping solar energy and waste water management with least encumbrances. Lt Gen Shah hoped that with these significant scientific advances, AMU will soon become the best university in the country ushering a new pahse of Green Revolution.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor Brig S Ahmad Ali (Veteran) said that the alarming changes in climate are a matter of general concern, which adversely affects the life of our generations to come. He pointed out that the negative changes in climate have been caused by none other than ourselves and we are solely responsible for the alarming situation.
Brig Ahmad Ali said that the technological advances have compelled several species of animals and birds to go in extinction and this can easily be noticed in rare appearance of "Goraiyya" and other migrating birds. He said that unmindful over exploitation of natural assets has caused droughts and lesser rainfalls. Brig Ali warned that people have to contain their need and greed and a large scale plantation is the need of the hour. He stressed that "We need to challenge consumerism while understanding the importance of resources for our needs and not for our greed".
AMU administration is very particular about the green belt on the University campus and a large number of trees have been planted over the last few years, AMU PVC added. He urged the members of the University community to say No to everything that adversely affects the climate and environment.
The program was conducted by Professor Suhail Sabir, Chairman, Alumni Affairs Committee while the Vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Afrina Rizvi, Chairperson, Department of Mass Communication, AMU.
While taking a round of the AMU historical buildings with the University Public Relations Officer Mr Omar Saleem Peerzada, Mr Tully took note of the newly developed infrastructure as well as the student development projects at AMU. He was of the opinion that Sir Syed contributed a lot to education in particular and society in general and the further responsibility lies on the shoulders of AMU students to carry his legacy.
Related PicturesMr. Mark Tully along with AMU VC and PVC at the lecture on Climate Change