Guwahati: The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as the International Day of Forests in 2012 with an aim to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Each year countries are encouraged to undertake local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees.
The theme of the International Day of Forests for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.” The restoration and sustainable management of forests can help in addressing the issues related to climate change and biodiversity. It also carries the potential to produce goods and services for sustainable development, fostering an economic activity that creates jobs and improves lives.
On the occasion of World International Day of Forests 2021, the team Voice of Environment conducted a plantation drive cum awareness campaign at Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati Assam to motivate the youths and college students for environmental sustainability, nation building activities, green and food secured state, which is a continuous mission that has started by the team earlier.
The team Voice of Environment (VoE) team led by Bhaskhar Hazarika, Sabita Dutta started the drive in the college campus by planting saplings of fruit and medicinal plant. College students supported the campaign, SUO Chinmay Deka from (National Cadet Corps) led the NCC team, with active participation by NCC cadet Shri Chandan Kumar, Shri Sudeep Dey, Shri Meraj Alam, and Shri Rohan Kumar respectively. Environmentalist and Researcher, Moharana Choudhury was present during the drive. Environmentalist Choudhury said about the significance of plants and how it is directly related to our ecological balance, food security, and clean and green Assam mission. Students and youths are future leaders of the country. They play a significant role in nation-building initiatives; therefore, the team has decided to conduct the drive at college premises on this occasion to convey a message to all the students and youths of the state for joining hands for such initiatives throughout the state so that the state as well as the nation can become self-sufficient. The team believes, “together, we can make a difference.”And in the present COVID-19 scenario it is quite evident that small changes if taken can make a lot of difference. Environmentalist Choudhury also added that “Sustainable management of forests along with the judicious use of their resources is the primary way to combat climate change. Also, forests plays an important role in poverty eradication and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs).