Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a tree plantation campaign by planting a sapling at his official residence 7, Race Course Road today on World Environment Day. Last year he urged people to protect the environment and make it clean and green.
e theme for this year’s WED is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care". The Indian ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change will celebrate the occasion by planting saplings across the country.
Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, along with Mr Javadekar and Maharashtra Minister for Primary, Higher and Technical and Medical Education and Culture Vinod Tawde will plant saplings in Mumbai at Joggers Park on Carter Road in the evening today.
Before leaving for its Bangladesh tour, the Indian cricket team will participate in a plantation drive in Kolkata on June 6.
"This is a good start and we appeal to people that they should also join the campaign by planting more and more trees," said Javadekar said.
For achieving the goal of a greener country, a pilot project on urban forestry will be launched in Pune on June 6. Seventy acres of forest land is being used to make a memorial garden. About 4,000 trees will be planted. People can pay Rs. 2,000 per tree and name the tree after their dear ones.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has also piloted a bill in the Parliament for releasing around Rs. 35,000 crore under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) to all the states, for making India greener and protecting the environment.
As per the 2012 UN report, 13 of the world’s top 20 polluted cities are in India compared to 3 in China. Air pollution is already stifling life expectancy rates in Indian cities by 3.2 years for about 660 million population residing in metros and cities, said the report.
Even the river Ganga and its tributory Yamuna are among the world’s top 10 most polluted rivers and Vapi in Gujarat and Sukinda in Odisha are in the environmentally-degraded zones around the world.