‘Cities for Forests,' a nation-wide campaign undertaken by the WWF-India to create awareness among city-dwellers and urban youth about the intrinsic link between forests and human well-being, will be launched in the city on Saturday.
Thiruvananthapuram is among the 20-odd cities selected for the campaign that aims to build environmental literacy through experiential learning and empower youth to influence change. The campaign has been launched at a time when the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests.
According to Renjan Mathew Varghese, State Director of the WWF-India, the campaign will help to identify threats to urban forests and educate the citizens on such threats and help in better management of the forests by involving key decision-makers and stakeholders.
At Museum compound
The campaign will be kicked off at the Museum compound at 4 p.m. on Saturday by unveiling four large hoardings on ‘Values of Forests and Trees.' Interactive and participatory events like putting up cut-outs, distribution of stickers, signature campaign, crossword puzzles, and quiz on trees in history, film names/ film songs with tree names, name the State trees, trees and stars, will be held on the occasion. Volunteers, general public and school students will attend the programme. A public campaign will also be conducted along the road stretch from VJT Hall to the Secretariat to effectively reach out to the city residents.
For participating in the campaign, school students can visit any nearby forest areas and upload their experiences and inputs in the form of posters, photographs, essays, songs, stories, poems, mini dramas, multimedia powerpoint shows and local-level action programmes onto the official website of the campaign that will be hosted by WWF-India.
The entries from individual students and final winners will earn points to the school and the ‘School Champion of the International Year of Forests' will be announced.
The prizes will be given during the conclusion of the campaign during the Wildlife Week in the first week of October.
Wild Wisdom Quiz 2011, a three-day mega event which will bring together the exhibition of all sorts of entries and competitions, is also planned.