Bhopal: On the occasion of World Population Day, Archdiocese of Bhopal in collaboration with Carmel Convent Senior Secondary School, BHEL, organised a workshop on ‘Sustainable Population Growth’, on Tuesday. Archbishop Leo Cornelio said, “To live womb to tomb is the right of people. We have sufficient resources to sustain the population with human dignity, but we lack ‘will power’ to distribute those resources equally to humanity. Thus we look at the population growth in a negative way to destroy the creation and the plan of God.” The archbishop asked the students to take the responsibility of protecting the constitution to live and let live.
Sarpanch Bhakti Sharma said, “Humans are an integral part of environment. Numerous factors affect our environment, which includes anthropogenic activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation, deforestation and use of fossil fuels and natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones and floods. She asked the students to help at least one person in need of either job or education to promote equality with quality.”
Thirteen students from Class 9, 10, 11 and 12 expressed their views on sustainable population growth. The students in one voice supported the need of protecting environment to empower people and developing nations.
“Over 99 per cent of the world’s food supply comes from the land, while less than one per cent is from oceans and other water bodies. The continued protection of an adequate food supply is directly dependent on the maintenance of biodiversity,” said Archi Singh of Class 9 F. “Disease and malnutrition in developing countries is affecting the life of poor seriously,” Arya Singh of Class 10 A. “Population growth can be advantageous only if the young population learns the skill sets required and take advantage of the global job market,” Sukriti, of Class 11 D.
The main objective of World Population Day is to educate people about implication of growing population and to empower youth to handle their responsibilities towards social progress, ensuring a life of security, dignity and opportunity.