Former president says solar, wind power key to country&’s growth
statesman news service
Kolkata, 20 August
An institution is a miniature abode of human life which needs, like us, life supporting systems like water, air and electricity, said former President APJ Abdul Kalam Azad, speaking at a conference on “Environment and its impact on Society”. Governor MK Narayanan also graced the conference with his presence.
Mr Kalam emphasised on challenges facing various industries and organisations seeking to maximise their product and service output, optimise utilisation of human resources and machinery with minimum availability of clean water, lack of clean air and ample fossil-fuel driven electricity.
"With over 6 billion people inhabiting the planet, we have taken more from Mother Nature than we have given back," said the former President. He spoke about the need to use renewable sources of energy, like solar power, wind power and bio fuels, as fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil emit harmful green house gases. He said energy conservation must begin at home and we must build eco-friendly, cost effective green buildings, as well as buildings with intelligent design that make optimum use of solar and wind power.
He said solar energy must be used to power street lights and over 200 million households that do not have access to conventional electricity. He noted that wide-ranging deployment will help bring down the cost of solar power generation and India could produce power in excess of its need; this could accelerate economic growth of the nation. Speaking at the conference, Mr Narayanan drew attention to the unusual climatic changes over the last 50 years. He also spoke about unbalanced industrialisation that has resulted in natural calamities across the globe. He further said that highly developed countries were responsible for producing most green house gases, and yet, they were the ones trying to shift the burden of producing clean energy to third world countries. He said India must mitigate the harmful consequences of environmental hazards through its own effort.