25 May 2021, New Delhi: Padma Bhushan Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi known as the ‘Mountain Man’while delivering the virtual lecture organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on the topic “Nature and Environment” emphasised that Agriculture and Forest are the two main departments which are directly linked to people. It is due to the dedicated efforts of the ICAR scientists, farmers and the Government policies which has helped in making our country food secured, which helped India in making food available during Corona lockdowns.
The effect of climate change is so alarming now that a massive chunk of ice broke off of Antarctica recently during May 2021, which is the largest iceberg in the world.Since 2000, the world’s glaciers have lost an average of 267 billion metric tons of ice every year, and the rate at which they are melting is still accelerating. The last universal common ancestor or last universal cellular ancestor (LUCA) is the most recent population of organisms from which all organisms now living on Earth have a common descent—the most recent common ancestor of all current life on Earth. The common man has now realised the importance of oxygen during this pandemic. We have to make an environmental audit of our use of natural resources and make a balance between use of human requirement and natural resources.
Dr. Joshi dedicated his lecture in the memory of Sunderlal Bahuguna, Indian environmentalist who lost his life due to COVID on 21 May 2021.
Dr. Joshi is an Indian green activist and founder of the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO). He was awarded the Padma Bhushan 2020 for his social work in Uttarakhand and Padma Shree Awardee-2006. He has devoted himself to resource-based rural development for the last 36 years and focuses on economic independence of rural India through community empowerment.
The lecture was a part of the 75 lecture series being organized by ICAR as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’. These 75 lectures shall be delivered by experts in various domains related to agriculture and alsoby eminent scientists, journalists, spiritual leaders, motivational speakers and successful entrepreneurs.