On the occasion of International Day of Forests, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar and Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain joined students for a nature walk in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary Monday.
The event featured a play performed by students about the importance of Mother Earth and the need to conserve forests and protect the environment. It also addressed the issue of forests and trees being cleared by companies to build large offices and other entertainment spaces.
Addressing students, Javadekar said, “Trees are like fixed deposits for Oxygen. We keep talking about wealth in terms of money but we don’t talk about trees as wealth. If each person plants a tree this acts as wealth and security… There is also need to improve the quality of forest and plant native trees.”
Referring to the play by the students, he said, “This was true at one point in time. However, the current government and my ministry are taking steps to make companies more sensitive to the environment. Many businesses are taking green initiatives on their own as well.”
The play was followed by 2-km nature walk, where Javadekar interacted with students. Spotted during the nature walk was the Black-naped hare, Black Redstart, Indian Robin, Jungle Babbler, and Grey Francolin. Asola is said to be among the most biodiversity-rich spaces in the city, home to more than 200 species of birds as per the last bird count in February 2016.