According to Government data,
With Indian population growing at a very fast pace, forests are being cleared to make room for this growing number. Trees are being cut in the name of development. Ecosystem is being destroyed and we could be at the point of no return.
Trees not only give us wood, shade and food they also harbour avian life. They also hold the soil together and contribute majorly in the formation of rains. There is an urgent need to save and make
When a drive to clear forests of Uttarakhand began, Sunderlal Bahuguna and Chandi Prasad Bhatt hit upon a novel solution. They asked people from their village to 'chipko' or stick to the trees by hugging them. This movement gained international attention and successfully saved the forests of Garhwals. This also inspired the Appiko movement of Karnataka.
Jungle Bachao Andolan:
This was a movement initiated by the tribals of
Silent valley located in Palakkad district of Kerala is a treasure trove. But this forest was on the verge of destruction all thanks to the Kuthipuzha hydro-electric project. Periyar river, flora and fauna of the Silent valley were in danger. But the residents protested and a committee was formed by the government and the project was scrapped.
All these examples highlight that we need not depend on the government for saving the nature. We can be the change we want to be. We must encourage forestation and prevent mindless destruction of forest cover because Nature is not a gift from our elders but it is a loan from our children.