KOCHI: Nature lovers in the city are getting ready to observe World Environment Day on June 5.
The Forest Department will extend Ente Maram (My Tree) programme, introduced in schools in the State last year, to colleges and universities. The project aims at involving the student community in environment protection programmes being initiated by the government.
The new programme titled “Our Trees” will be introduced in colleges and universities with the support of National Service Scheme units.
Nearly 25 lakh saplings were planted across the State by schoolchildren as part of the Ente Maram campaign. Of these, nearly 75 per cent have started growing, according to the officials of the department.
Under the Vazhiyora Thanal scheme of planting saplings with the support of headload workers and trade unions introduced last year, nearly one lakh saplings were planted.
Rallies, seminars and planting of saplings will also be held on the occasion. The local bodies will come up with a green drive in the city. Several saplings will be planted in select areas in the district. Local tree varieties such as njaval, elanji, kanikonna, vaaka, kattadi and bamboo will be planted.
The project will be implemented with the support of residents associations and neighbourhood committees. Various NGOs and organisations of traders have come forward to support the green projects of the Kochi Corporation and many of them have offered to sponsor trees.
The Association for Environment Protection at Aluva will present the Bhoomimitra award on the occasion of World Environment Day. C.V. Vidyadharan, an environmentalist involved in planting of trees in public spaces for the last several years, will receive the award.
A green rally will be held at Aluva as part of the day programmes.
A seminar on “low carbon economy” will be held at FBOA hall near the private bus station at Aluva. Papers on climate changes will be presented during the programme. Discussions will be held on solid waste treatment, as part of the event.