BHUBANESWAR: Extremism and Climate Change are some of the major issues that affect humanity the most today. While the society can improve the education and science and technology the world, the people must work on issues of extremism and climate change, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here on Sunday.
Addressing the International Children’s Festival (ICF) at BJEM School here, Naveen said climate change is a major issue that threatens the very existence of Earth.
“Of late, we have understood our recklessness and started to reduce the effects of climate change,” he said, adding, the Paris Convention on Climate Change is a promising stride in right direction but it needs concerted effort to make it happen.
While the human race has prospects of education, knowledge and is endowed with the rewards of science and technology. “There is no point in fighting within ourselves. Our fight should be directed at extremism and climate change,” the Chief Minister said.
Naveen exhorted all nations to provide supreme care and an enabling environment to their children so that they can grow as complete individuals. “Children are the most precious assets of our society. They are blessed with unlimited potential which needs to be explored and experienced,” he said.
“I like the children most because they do not understand religion nor nationality and for that matter, they do not understand any discrimination,” Naveen said.
Children understand the language of humanity, peace and harmony and they must raise their voice for a green, clean and peaceful world, he said.
“Say no to discrimination and no to pollution. Tell this to your parents, teachers, friends and whoever you meet. Believe me, the world will listen to you and your voice will echo all over,” Naveen asserted.
The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to Buxi Jagabandhu English Medium School, Antar Bharati and National Youth Project, Odisha for organising this festival and welcomed the children from Sri Lanka to the the State.
Among others, Tourism Minister Ashok Panda, Camp Director of ICF Dr SN Subba Rao, freedom fighter Bhabani Patnaik, team leader from Sri Lanka Leskin were present.