ZT News Network
SRINAGAR, MARCH 21:
On the eve of the World Arbour Day & International Day of Forests, a ceremonial tree planting function was organized by the Private Schools’ Association of J&K and its constituent wing MEERC on Thursday, 21st March’ 2019 at JK Public School, Humhama wherein a large number of school children took part in planting number of conifer trees.
Hundreds of private schools across J&K associated with the Private Schools’ Association of J&K have planted trees on the day as planned, a spokesperson of the Association told Ziraat Times.
The event is in continuation to a series of similar tree planting activities initiated by the PSAJK & MEERC throughout the valley from current planting season to accomplish its mission of “ One Million Trees in 5-Years” for greening of the premises of affiliated private educational institutions and other public places for clean & green pollution-free environment. The association and its council has so far planted 30,000 (mostly conifer species) during on-going planting season in valley, covering over a hundred private schools.
The Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Farooq Gillani who was the chief guest on the occasion kick-started the plantation drive at the institution.
The function was attended by the president PSAJK, G N Var, Main Javed Hussain, IFS (Retd), CF South, Tawheed Ahmad Deva, Conservator of Forest, Srinagar Circle, Irfan Ali Shah, Editor-In-Chief Ziraat Times, Arjumand Hussain Talib, Environmental Lawyer and Amicus Curiae appointed by Hon’ble High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, Nadeem Qadri, Head of NGO, National Society for Protection of Water resources, Wetland and Forests Nazir Be Nazir .
While addressing the gathering, the CCF highlighted the importance of international day of forests and laid stress on inter-relationship between forests and education. He said this year the department is going to plant 20.37 lakh plants under different schemes for rehabilitation of degraded forest areas. He said that schools will develop their own small nurseries for which forest department will render necessary technical support.
He also informed that the department has distributed 45000 plants amongst different Govt. and private schools of Kashmir region under institutional plantation programme this year. He said that the department will plant one million trees in next five years on zero budget mission.
Ziraat Times is a media partner for this mission, and will be dedicating free space in its print and online editions for the publicity and greater awareness related to the mission.
G.N.Var, President, PSAJK stressed upon the students to adopt eco-awareness and biodiversity conservation as part of their education and act as “ green ambassadors” within their localities by regular contribution towards the upkeep of their environs as green, hygienic, polythene-free and pollution free and help combat the climate change by planting one or more trees every year for dust-free green cover.
The president of J&K Private Schools Association Dr G N Var said that from next year March 21 all private schools will will vehemently participate in tree plantation in institutions and at other places. He said that the Association will strive to introduce plantation drive as part of school curriculum.
In his message, the Chairman MEERC Haji Manzoor Ahmad Wangnoo, who is currently abroad, has reiterated the commitment of successful accomplishment of mission one million trees by the private schools of state within the stipulated time frame for green and aesthetically clean environment.
Speaking on the occasion, Mian Javed, retired IFS officer who has volunteered his services for the smooth execution of the mission one million trees said that environment being a combination of the earth, air and water we cannot afford to live in case one of these components is in a bad shape.
The conservator of forests, Srinagar circle, informed that educational institutions have been the focus of institutional plantations this year in line with United Nations theme for International Day Of Forests, 2019. He also said that the department has launched three major projects including Zabarwan, Shankeracharya Hills and Hariparbat Hill Greening Project.
Principal, JK Public School Humhama Mr Amaan in his speech lauded the efforts of the forest department in greening the educational institutions.
Other speakers stressed on the need of protection of forests and increase in green cover by planting more plants and involving civil society, school children and youth in the endeavour.