On the occasion of World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged to plant as many trees as possible. Marking the occasion as that of pride and responsibility, he planted a sapling at his Race Course Road residence in the national capital New Delhi.
“People should take pride in the number of trees planted by them…just the same way they take pride in worldly possessions,” the Prime Minster said in his message.
He also placed a traditional earthen-pot (matka) along with the sapling as a symbolic gesture of saving water and nurturing the greens.
Stressing that protecting the environment from degradation and pollution of various kinds, he said that living in harmony with nature is the only way to “avoid a catastrophic situation on Mother Earth”.
The Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar too also present on the occasion.
“Business as usual is no longer an option. Every individual has a responsibility to contribute to protect the environment and reduce the rate of depletion of natural resources,” Union minister Javadekar told the press contingent at the PM residence. Javadekar also called for a change in consumption patterns in his message to the World Environment Day.
The minister also presided over an event conferring Environment award at Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi. Noted sports person Virat Kohli and Sushil Kumar planted the sapling.
Satabti Debadulari, a student of DAV School, Bhubneshwar was awarded with the Young Environmentalist of the Year honour.
Claiming that the unsustainable patterns of consumption are one of the major causes of increasing environmental deterioration, he said, “We should opt for less of water, less of energy and less of all other resources. By becoming more conscious of the ecological impact of our actions and environmental consequences of the personal choices we make, we can become agents of change”.
Stressing on the need to take a responsibility to conserve drinking water, the Union Environment Minister also told the gathering that less than 3 per cent of the water in the world is potable, one out of seven persons does not have access to drinkable water.
The World Environment Day is celebrated all over the world on 5th of June. The theme of this year WED is “Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care.”