by Mary David Miller

Blue skies, vibrant nature, fresh lakes—these were all things once common in Kashmir, India, a popular place for international tourists. Recently there has been an increase in environmental issues, and these are leading to a slow deterioration of the environment and affecting the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants.

Dr. Satyanarayana Swamy Mruthinti in a dark suit and blue tie poses in a studioTo address some of these problems, the University of West Georgia’s Dr. Satyanarayana Swamy Mruthinti was invited to speak as the guest of honor at the University of Kashmir’s national seminar, Environmental Pollution: Join the Race to Make the World a Better Place, which was held in conjunction with World Environment Day 2016. The overall theme focused on environmental degradation, climate change and how the depletion of resources is pushing several wildlife forms to extinction.

“It was an honor to be a part of the efforts to bring the awareness of human activities that contribute to the extinction of wildlife,” said Mruthinti. “High demands for tusks, horns, skins is pushing the wildlife to brink of extinction.”

As the plenary speaker, Mruthinti presented his research on the environmental risk factors for inflammatory diseases. His goal was to spread awareness to India about those conditions, such as diabetes, and the leading causes.

“Slow degradation of the quality of air, water, and natural resources is affecting human health,” said Mruthinti. “In India, an estimated 20 percent of the urban population is diabetic. This silent disease goes undiagnosed in two-thirds of patients during early stages.”

Mruthinti stressed the responsibility to take action in his speeches but was happy to see that the students of Kashmir already have.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of enthusiasm of the students at University of Kashmir and their eagerness to discuss the environmental issues,” said Mruthinti. “The most memorable event is the lively debate by the students on environmental issues and their commitment to take steps to protect wildlife.”

Posted on September 2, 2016