World Forest Day: Javadekar Refutes Environmental Degradation by Companies

On the occasion of World Forest Day or International Day of Forests, India’s Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar refused focus of some plays which blamed companies for environmental degradation and alter joined Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain for a walk with students in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Delhi Monday.

The Event was held later at the park with students staging several street plays and perrformances to bring out the importance of the Mother Earth and protect the environment. Javadekar said, “Trees are like fixed deposits for Oxygen. We keep talking about wealth in terms of money but we don’t talk about trees as wealth. If each person plants a tree this acts as wealth and security… There is also need to improve the quality of forest and plant native trees.”

Centre plans to revive the public-private participation to revive degraded forests, said Prakash Javadekar, providing Rs 3 crore to develop Anandvan. Even celebrities like Virat Kohli, Sushil Kumar have pledged support to the event joining the government’s drive to plant trees. Refusing the central theme of plays performed by students accusing companies for environmental destruction, he said the scene is different today.

“The current government and my ministry are taking steps to make companies more sensitive to the environment. Many businesses are taking green initiatives on their own as well.” Later, the minister joined students in their 2-km nature walk where they spotted the Black-naped hare, Black Redstart, Indian Robin, Jungle Babbler, and Grey Francolin. Asola is home to more than 200 species of birds.

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