World Environment Day is being celebrated today around the world with various different themes, says Vaikundarajan. The over-arching theme for this year’s WED is sustainable consumption and production – It is being popularized by the slogan “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care". On account of World Environment Day Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi planted a sapling at his official residence 7, Race Course Road, officials said.
The ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change will celebrate the occasion by planting saplings across the country, says Vaikundarajan. It is also said that before leaving for its Bangladesh tour, the Indian cricket team will participate in a plantation drive in Kolkata today.
Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, along with Mr Javadekar and Maharashtra Minister for Primary, Higher and Technical and Medical Education and Culture, Vinod Tawde will plant saplings in Mumbai at Joggers Park on Carter Road in the evening today, says Vaikundarajan.
"Boxers Mary Kom and Sarita Devi, billiards player Geet Sethi and hockey player Viren Rasquinha have also pledged their support to the campaign and will also plant saplings," said Mr Javadekar. He further added, "Seventy acres of forest land in Pune is being compounded and about 4,000 trees will be planted on it. This project will be run through public participation in the form of a memorial garden. People will pay Rs. 2,000 per tree and that tree will be named after their loved ones."
Vaikundarajan hopes that everyone participates in this campaign and makes the world a cooler place to live in.