'We must unite to protect our forests'

For Hemendra Kothari, chairperson, DSP BlackRock, environment matters a lot.
The firm was a joint sponsor along with Deutsche Bank, for the annual Sanctuary Wildlife Awards that were hosted yesterday evening at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in the city.

Hemendra Kothari, chairperson, DSP BlackRock

Kothari is convinced that climate change is a serious issue and can only be tackled with concerted effort.
According to Kothari, "We are very happy to associate ourselves with the cause.
Though we live in an urban environment, we need to stay connected with the outside world and rural areas. One way to do this is by helping those who protect our forests."

Asked whether going green is a fashionable cause today, with so many corporates jumping on the bandwagon, Kothari replied, "I think it is more timely than fashionable.

We all need to unite to protect our forests. It is not just forests, but people who live near these forests who need protection.

We have to preserve their way of life. Many of them depend on the forest for wood for cooking etc. We must try to create job possibilities, impart vocational training to these people."

Kothari also stresses that phrases like lessening one's carbon footprint get a life only when they are practised in person.

"What people can do is make small changes in their everyday life by saving power, using public transport and various other ways," concluded Kothari, who has also started a personal Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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