Witnessing the struggling state of its biodiversity, The Punjab Government made sure that The World Environment Day was observed and celebrated with enthusiasm and vigour. Keeping in mind the global theme for 2016 as “Go Wild for Life – Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade”, a green ceremony was conducted all over Punjab.
The most impressive job was done by Amritsar, where the Local Bodies Minister, Anil Joshi, started the day by leading a cycle rally, originating from Novelty Chowk to Company Bagh, where he, along with other participants, planted tree saplings and distributed them among morning walkers and joggers, motivating them to replicate the thoughtful act.
Also, NGOs all over Punjab,organised and encouraged citizens to indulge in green activities like green walks, plantation drives and conducted awareness seminars.
Looking at the ignorance and neglect faced by the environment, BIG FM in collaboration with WWF India-Punjab, organised a painting competition for school children, on the theme ‘Save Water’, at 45 locations, all over India. With an aim to sensitize and educate children about the deteriorating situation of nature, and what they can do to prevent it and further decrease the seriousness of the crisis, the competition’s objective was to also make the students aware about issues like global warming and the depletion of native flora and fauna.
The government has really stepped up in taking an initiative to extend their efforts towards the saving and protecting of biodiversity.
Highlighting the importance of protecting wildlife in their natural habitat, the organisations also focused on the prohibition of deforestation.
In Punjab, where the state bird, the Northern Goshawk of Guru Gobind Singh, has become extinct, the state animal is visible primarily in a couple of zoos, and the state tree has dwindled manifold, the problems stare us in the eye. And yet we are blind to reality, and are moving towards catastrophe.
Kapsons, in association with citizen activists, also held a nature walk from the Mall Road to the Company Bagh which was joined by Jagjit Singh Walia, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Amritsar, who planted saplings along the roadside and at the Company Bagh and emphasized on saving environment for the future generations by adopting a healthy lifestyle.