Dehradun, October 22
Veteran environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna exhorted the youth at the prestigious Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event held recently that they must “revolt against the faulty policies of their own generation and save the mother Earth”. Over 100 youths hailing from various northern states are participating in the three-day jamboree hosted by the Rotary Club, Dehradun, at the sprawling Sardar Bhagwan Singh Institute, Balawala.
Bahuguna said he had pinned his hopes on the youth and wanted them to lead a life of contentment, peace, happiness and harmony unlike the older generation which had followed faulty definition of development and ruined the precious resources like air, water and soil.
The ‘Chipko’ movement stalwart also impressed upon the young participants to believe in the power of ‘Matrishakti’ and ‘Janshakti’ which had led to a ban on cutting of tress in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.“Austerity, alternative resources for non-renewable vital resources and afforestation are the key to their prosperous future,” said Bahuguna. He urged them to “plant right kind of trees now” if they wanted to avoid the prospect of struggle for water and carrying oxygen cylinders.
He advocated planting trees and plants which would provide nuts, fruits, flowers, fibre and fodder and promoting self-sustaining neighbourhood life style without depending too much on transportation, which was an “unproductive” expense. Bahuguna opined that honey should be the “sweet” of future and flower-bearing plants and honey cultivation be encouraged in every household. He appreciated the Rotary Club, Dehradun, and the the RYLA programme for its efforts to make the youth aware of their role and responsibilities for a bright future tomorrow.
The young participants were also given tips by Ruchi Kale of the Dhyan Foundation, Delhi, on building leaders through Yoga. Speaking on the occasion, Rotary District 3080 governor Manmohan Singh expressed hope that various activities at the DOON RYLA 2012 would make the youth conscious of their responsibilities towards family, community and the nation and their experience would provide for value addition in their intellectual sensibility.
President of the Rotary Club, Dehradun, Jyoti Dhawan said the DOON RYLA 2012 would also recognise publicly the youth rendering service to their communities. The three-day residential “leadership fete” includes activities and sessions aimed at exposing the participanting youth to a variety of interactions, lifestyles and healthy competitions as well as sensitising them to new challenges facing their generation, she said. 

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