A series of activities including Bicycle rally, plantation and cleanliness drives today marked the World Environment Day in Rajouri.The day was celebrated under the overall supervision of the Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Kundal with the theme, 'Only One Earth.'
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to raise awareness about degrading environmental conditions and to encourage people globally to take positive environmental actions, to help create a better future.A plantation and cleanliness drive was also carried out on the occasion.
Deputy Commissioner participated in cleanliness drive and also planted a sapling. The whole programme was organised by forest department under supervision of Conservator Rajouri in which AD FPF and Ranger Rajouri led the field staff drive.
Addressing the event, the DC said that the day is celebrated to raise an awareness that the world is facing the problems such as air pollution, plastic pollution, global warming and sea level increasing day by day.He reiterated that the need of the time is to make collective efforts to solve these problems.
The DC also said that the efforts of the District Administration towards conserving the environment through cleanliness and plantation drives will also motivate the local communities to protect the environment and leave it in a better condition for our future generation.
Stressing on the need of realizing the importance of respecting and protecting our tree's wealth, the DC also appealed to the public to participate in the plantation drive so that a good number of trees are planted to maintain the green environment in the entire district which is important for a healthy society and also to avoid diseases.
He also urged the people to take up tree plantation drives, using the leftover stalks as fodder, reduce use of plastic and take other similar measures to protect the environment. The DC also said that the trees increase the green cover of the district and also prove helpful in mitigating the ill effects of climate change and global warming.
While enumerating the ill effects of single use plastic on health and environment, he also urged the public to shun the use of single-use plastic and go for the eco-friendly alternatives to polythene to protect the environment and rivers.Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner also flagged off a bicycle rally organised by Department of youth services and sports department.
Conservator Forest, Vivek Verma; DO PCB, Anupam Koul and officials of the Wild Life Department were present during the event.The rally was flagged off to educate the public that bicycle is also a good mode of transportation and is also pollution free.Similar programmes were also held across the district.