MIR SABEEN GULREZ
SRINAGAR: To mark World Earth Day, a plantation drive was organised by Tribe 21, a consultancy, here at Jhelum View Park on Saturday. Nine Srinagar schools participated in the drive. More than 200 students participated voluntarily for planting ornamental plants at the venue.
The schools which participated in the event included Foundation Public High School, Green Valley High School, Legends Public High School, New Era Public High School, Ismi Azam High School, SSM High School Parraypora, SSM High School Noor Bagh, Woodlands Public High School, Rainbow International Public High School.
The varieties of ornamentals planted on Saturday were Wigellia, Forsythia, Spiraea, Snowball, Abelia.
Mohammad Hussain from New Era Public High School told Kashmir Reader that he came to the event to celebrate World Earth Day as “it is a great experience”. “I learned a lot. I appeal the people of Kashmir to come forward and plant more and more trees”.
During the event, a campaign was run under the slogan of ‘Keep Your Kasheer Clean and Green’ for which the participating students pasted stickers on various vehicles.
Aaliya from SSM Higher Secondary School told Kashmir reader, “We are here to promote afforestation I want to see my Kashmir as green and clean.”
Fatima from Foundation School told Kashmir Reader that World Earth Day meant a lot to her as her teachers and parents always encouraged her for afforestation. “They always taught me to plant trees so that we and our next generation live pollution free”.
Sartaj Singh, Executive Engineer, Flood and Irrigation Department told Kashmir Reader that they (Tribe 21) had done a ‘wonderful job’. “We appreciate such organisations, NGOs and volunteer organisations,” adding that in order to bring ambiance to J&K state, especially to the Kashmir valley, such agencies were needed.
Director Floriculture told Kashmir Reader that he found it good and allowed Tribe 21. “I wanted that people should get conscious about it. We gave them plant material and guided them and also offered them technical support for plantation.”
The director termed the event a ‘welcome step’ and believed that believe people would get educated about the issue. “This is the right time for people to become conscious and come forward”, he added.
Tahir Zubair, Training and Development Manager, Tribe 21 told Kashmir Reader that they had consent from director floriculture, flood and irrigation department for holding the event. “It was a great joint initiative and I am very thankful to schools that joined us and helped us to make this event successful.”
“I am very thankful to Masjid Bilaliya administration that helped us in distribution of refreshments and in other arrangements. More events are coming. He further added.