Plantation-cum-cleanliness drive begins ahead of World Earth Day

Irfan Rashid
Srinagar, Apr 11: Gearing up to complete its target of planting one billion trees worldwide, Earth Day Network, an International environmental organization started its plantation drive in Kashmir valley on Saturday by planting nearly a thousand saplings.
Later EDN carried cleanliness drive around the Neolithic site Burzahama.
Earth Day Network in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) has initiated a massive plantation and cleanliness drive across J&K.
Nadeem Qadiri, Executive Director, Centre for environmental Law and youth parliament of J&K who is also heading Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) in Kashmir started this plantation cum cleanliness drive along with students of Islamia High School Wuyan and Kashani Memorial Public School Burzahama.
Speaking on the occasion, Nadeem Qadiri said, “The ecosystem of Kashmir is changing fast which was witnessed when floods hit us badly, so we need to go as much greener as possible.”
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day, he said.
Majid Ashraf, one of the coordinators impressed upon the students of the school to develop eco-sense and said, “Earth Day 2015 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever and students will have to play an important part.”
He also gave a lecture on Global warming, soil erosion and green house effect.
“Creating an awareness and sensitization among students and society at large to inculcate the values of participatory developmental process of hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation, it is necessary to eliminate the causative agents of many diseases and the threats posed to the Neolithic site,” said Saleem Farooq Rather and Suheel Shafi, members of the drive.
The principal of Islamia High School Wuyan, Nazir Ahmad Bhat said, “We need more such initiatives in future from our young intellectuals.”
Ghulam Jeelani Rather, principal of Kashani Memorial Public School Burzahama sai, “Active participation of students is must to inculcate values like cleanliness, teamwork, patriotism in students, making them a stakeholder in Go GREEN SRINAGAR” campaign.”
This drive will continue till World Earth Day to be celebrated on 22nd April.


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