Increased plastic usage is leading to the soil, water and environment pollution – Dr Shanti Tummala

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Mysuru, 5 June 2018: “Today we are exhibiting our concern about the environment by planting just a single sapling. Our fears towards environment protection should not be limited only to this. Every one of us should be well aware of the ill-effects of plastic usage. Today usage of plastic has increased hugely. We are using plastic in one or the other form in all our daily activities. It has become inevitable for all of us. None of us is serious about its effects. Plastic usage not only pollutes soil and water, but it will destroy the entire nature and human health. Over usage of plastic can also lead to dangerous diseases like cancer, causing death,” opined renowned environmentalist Dr Shanti Tummala.

She was speaking at the ‘World Environment Day’ programme organised by the JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science in association with the JSS PU College, on 5 June 2018.
Dr Shanti Tummala gave a lecture on ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. She urged everybody to use only recycled plastic and asked not to use and throw plastic things everywhere. She also called upon to reduce usage of plastic as much as possible.

Dr C.G. Betsurmath, Executive Secretary, JSS MVP presided over the programme. In his address, he said, “The Government of Karnataka was the first to ban plastic usage in the country two years ago. But it couldn’t be controlled completely. As plastic is user-friendly, we are unable to understand its effects properly. But its usage has been completely prohibited in JSS Institutions,” he added.

College Chief Executive Officer Prof. B.V. Sambashivaiah said, “Today environment protection is the core requirement. Environment pollution is the major reason for the eruption of many diseases today. Hence, the JSS Institutions has adopted and introduced several programmes like the smart campus, green campus, etc. Our Degree College is involved in cleanliness campaign since from the beginning. Our college has successfully conducted the cleanliness programmes introduced by the UGC, MHRD. Our college is selected for the ‘Unnata Bharata Campaign’ and programmes are being planned under this. We also introduced the Swachh Bharath Summer Internship Course successfully.”

MBA student Sri Nitin Prasad and team presented a video on a clean environment.

Earlier the chief guests of the programme inaugurated the function by watering saplings. A booklet on ‘plastic free environment’ published by the JSS MVP to create awareness among the students about the ill-effects of plastic usage was released on this occasion.

Prof. Morabada Mallikarjuna, Director, Dept. of Collegiate Education, JSS MVP distributed prizes to the winners of the essay competition conducted as part of the ‘World Environment Day’.

JSS Degree College Principal Prof. M. Mahadevappa, JSS PU College Principal Sri S. Somashekar were present. PU College lecturers Sri T. Gurupadaswamy gave an invocation, and Sri M. Shivakumar compered.