He was addressing a gathering of photographers during the golden jubilee celebration of the Karnataka Photographers’ Association at Palace Ground.
Underlining the importance of environment even in the spiritual sphere, Governor remarked that god resides in nature and everyone should live within its purview.
He said India had a tradition of worshipping nature and the wildlife too.
He lamented that the society quite often remained ignorant towards the gift of nature which led to the deforestation, degradation of ecology and environment.
Citing example of tiger, whose population is now dwindling, he said many species have either become extinct or on the verge of it.
Governor Bhardwaj stressed upon the need to protect nature and reminded people that the growth of forest depends on population of wild animals.
Pointing out towards the damage inflicted by the human race on the nature and natural resources, he gave an instance of pollution in Ganges and other Himalayan rivers.
Sending a strong message for the protection of big cat, a large number of photographers, who were claimed to be more than 3,000 in number, clicked at a picture of a tiger at one go. Further the Governor released the second state level photographic salon catalogue and distributed awards of the second state level photographic salon.