KOTTAYAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called up on the clergy to take the mantle of sensitising the people regarding the importance of protecting the environment and conserving it for the future generations.
He was speaking after inaugurating the valedictory function of the bicentenary celebrations of Church Mission Society (CMS) missionaries’ arrival to the state, here on Saturday.
According to the Chief Minister, bishops and clergies can evoke a positive response among the laity in this regard. “Extensive environmental encroachments have spelt doom for the nature. It is high time we initiated urgent measures to protect the environment from degradation caused by encroachments. This land and environment are not for ours alone and not to end with our generation. We have to hand it over to the next generation with all its perfection and purity. This is inevitable for the healthy survival of the land and its conservation,” he said.
This should be a massive and collective movement in which people of all ages should get involved and a healthy competition must be developed among the people towards the same, Pinarayi said.
“Such a mass movement is inevitable for conservation of nature. Spiritual gurus can hold a major role in creating awareness among the people. They should do this while interacting with their followers,” he said.