‘New govt should focus on green movement’

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 29 April 2019

Ravindra Sinha, another city-based environmentalist and Convener of Mission Groundwater, said, “The worldwide tree cover is decreasing. India has the lowest tree cover for a country with such a large land mass and population.”

PUNE: Considering the overall rising global temperature, the city-based environmentalist demands that priority of the new government should be to launch Green India Movement and pass National Tree Act to ensure protection and preservation of trees.

Anupam Saraf, a city-based environmentalist, has pointed out that the extensive concretisation is another major reason for global warming. “Since the population is increasing, the use of concretisation has doubled up. Due to this, the rainwater does not recharge the groundwater. And since the groundwater holds moisture it automatically cools down the land, due to which the temperature also comes down.”

“Now since the table of groundwater is decreasing due to a high level of extraction and no point of recharge due to concretisation the level of temperature is also rising,” he elaborated.  

Ravindra Sinha, another city-based environmentalist and Convener of Mission Groundwater, said, “The worldwide tree cover is decreasing. India has the lowest tree cover for a country with such a large land mass and population. The ratio of trees per person in India is just  at 28 whereas in China it is nearly four times higher as compared to India at 102. And China has already embarked on massive tree plantation programme of planting 100 billion trees until 2050. 

So the priority of new government should be to launch a Green India Movement and pass a National Tree Act to ensure protection and preservation of trees.”

Sunil Joshi, President of Samgraha Nadi Pariwar, a non-government organisation working for water sustainability, said, “After 1991, the scenario of the environment changed as people focused on development keeping the aspect of the environment and its conservation aside. It was back then when the drought started taking place but with less intensity and the reason was carbon emission. Another factor was the extraction of groundwater and advancement of technology.”

“To stop the global warming, it is very important to keep the environment as a subject in school and college curriculum and work towards it not for a day but for more than 50 years dedicatedly,” Joshi further added.

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