Functions held to mark Environment Day

PATNA: With an aim to protect the environment which is getting inhospitable day by day, various activities were organized in the city to mark World Environment Day on Sunday.

The Patna circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) planted 15 saplings, including some medicinal ones, at the archaeological site in Kumhrar. ASI superintending archaeologist Sanjay K Manjul, other archaeologists and experts on environmental issues expressed their concern over the rising pollution of environment.

Bihar State Pollution Control Board also organized a function to boost awareness about the utility of healthy environment for human beings at the Rabindra Bhawan here. The programme, themed on “Forests: Nature at your service”, was inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar.

The CM later released an Eco Chart prepared by the Centre for Environment Education, Lucknow and a booklet on Mukhyamantri Chhatra Vrikshharopan Yojna. Discussions were also organized on the theme.

Peoples for Health and Environment also organized a plantation programme at Sri Krishnapuri Park here. Another NGO, Sukh Sansar, organized an awareness camp on the theme “Forests: Nature at Your Service”. The participants expressed concern over the fast depletion of forests, which is resulting into devastating natural disasters. “Every year, 13 million hectares of forest are being destroyed. If the trend continues, habitation on earth will become impossible,” the participants said.

National Green Corps, Bihar organized street corner plays to mark the occasion. Laying stress on recycling of solid wastes, the participants said that by changing our style of living we can significantly reduce the negative impact that humans are creating on the environment.

Every kid of Shemrock Kids, a preparatory school, planted a sapling in his/her name to protect the environment. A sit and draw competition was also organized to sensitize the kids about environment pollution.

Source: TOI

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