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Tuesday , January 21 , 2014
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Idea for a green planet strikes root

Students learnt the importance of planting trees for protecting the environment at a workshop in Patna on Monday.

The students of Rajkiya Girls’ High School took part in the plantation-cum-conservation workshop, jointly organised by Sri Jan Sansthan and Rural Youth Coordination Centre. The event was organised as part of a national environment awareness campaign.

JD(U) MLA Poonam Devi, who was present at the event, advised the students to plant more trees.

“It is very important to make efforts to take care of the environment. We should plant more trees. Since pollution is increasing continuously, especially in cities, we should take steps to control this menace.”

Praising the initiative taken by her party, Poonam said the JD(U) had started a campaign to promote plantation. According to the campaign, whoever plants a tree, would get a primary membership of the party.

She advised the students that if they take the initiative to plant trees, it would also encourage their family and gradually the society to do the same.

Another JD(U) leader, Kanchan Bala Choudhary, who was also present at the event, blamed pollution for depletion of the Ganga.

“Pollution has resulted in environmental and climatic changes. At present, we get lesser rain in monsoon. Large number of trees are being cut to make way for apartments in the city. The need of accommodation is rising with the increase in population. As a result, the environment is being affected badly.”

Choudhary stressed the importance of plantation as well as maintenance of trees.

Choudhary also said there should be someone to look after the trees after they are planted. In many cases, it’s seen that the trees are planted but because of lack of care and maintenance, they don’t survive long and die early.