Information minister Hasan Mahmud on Saturday stressed creating social movement to save biodiversity, saying nature would have to be protected for saving mankind.
‘Nature will have to be protected not for its interest, but for saving human beings,’ he said while inaugurating the PLG Nature Fair on the premises of Channel i, a private TV channel.
National River Conservation Commission chairman Mujibur Rahman Howlader, environmentalist Ashis Paul, singer Azad Rahman, professor Motahar Hossain, bird expert Enamul Haque and Jashim Uddin, among others, addressed the function.
Channel i arranged the day-long fair.
Rajshahi City Corporation mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton was awarded Environment City Award for his contribution to protecting nature at the event.
The minister said once a naturally beautiful country Bangladesh had now turned into a most densely populated state in the globe. ‘The nature is being destroyed in the name of industrialisation and civilisation. We are doing inhuman behaviour with the nature. In this way, we are turning ourselves to vulnerable species day by day,’ he said.
Mentioning that around 150 species were being extinct every day from the world, Hasan, also joint general secretary of Awami League said, ‘For this, we should protect the nature for our own interest and we need to create social movement in this regard. Then, we will remain protected and the nature as well.’
He thanked the organiser for arranging such fair for 10 years to save nature.
Later, the minister inaugurated the fair by releasing birds and balloons.
In his reaction, Khairuzzaman Liton urged the government to form a national policy to save the country from the vast impact of climate change.
He said everyone should work together to save the environment.
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