Children enjoyed Tree climbing, distributing paper bags and more on Biodiversity Day that was observed on May 22.
We owe it to nature and it is for us to preserve it in future. This was the core belief that children from across the State came with to participate in the unique tree hugging event.
The occasion was the International Biodiversity Day observed on May 22. Andhra Pradesh National Green Corps organised several competitions and a nature trail in Sanjeevaih Park as a part of its International Biodiversity Day celebrations.
Tree climbing, tree mapping, distributing paper bags, and more were conducted. Imran, a Std. X student of Pushpagiri School says, “We participated in discussions about our tree wealth. I learnt a lot about trees.”
Tie a rakhi
Another programme was Vriksha Raksha Bandhan or tying of rakhis to the trees. A few kids wore costumes of monkey, tiger and rabbit. Kids observed and felt the bark and leaves during the tree climbing exercise. The students learnt about various types of soils and planting techniques.
The aim of this event was to create awareness about the biodiversity of our country said Md Ghouse Pasha, Project Officer, Andhra Pradesh National Green Corps.
The tree hugging programme reminded one of the Chipko Movement. Chipko Andolan during the 1970s and 80s was based on Gandhian Non-Violent Satyagraha principles wherein activists “embraced” trees to prevent deforestation in the Himalayan forests. This movement spread to other regions in Himachal and one of its prominent leaders was Sunderlal Bahuguna. The outcome of the Chipko Movement was the ban imposed on felling trees in the fragile mountain ecosystem.