Taking a cue from Philippines the Rajasthan government has taken an initiative to save our planet. This step was required to be taken in wake of climate changes being observed round the world.
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the Rajasthan government has launched an initiative wherein every new student joining the state-run engineering colleges in the state will have to plant a tree in their campuses. The plants will have the name of the student next to it and that particular student will be responsible for nurturing the plant till the graduation is complete.
Tree plantation is one of the several initiatives that have been proposed by the government. The students will also be encouraged to do ‘shram daan’ (voluntary service) to contribute to the construction of ponds and bunds in an attempt to conserve rainwater and recharge the groundwater level, state Technical Education Minister Dr. Subhash Garg told HT. “We firmly believe that Gandhi’s philosophy should be taught even in engineering colleges but for now, under the 150th birth anniversary celebrations, we have asked the colleges to organize debate competitions on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi,” Mr Garg added
There are 11 engineering colleges in Rajasthan running out of eight campuses, notes the report. The average number of seats in each college is 300 and they had around 100 admissions each.
Vaibhav Galriya, State Secretary, Technical Education Department, said that his department holds regular meetings with the principals of various colleges to come up with plans for infrastructure and environmental development in institutions.
The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggests that an increase of 1 billion hectares of forest will be necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2050. A study by Crowther Lab of ETH Zurich University based on 80,000 images across the world calculated that for reforestation, about 0.9 billion hectares of land would be suitable. The researchers told The Indian Express that in India there is room for an estimated 9.93 million extra hectares of forest.
The study also noted that the six countries with the greatest reforestation potential are Russia (151 million hectares); the US (103 million hectares); Canada (78.4 million hectares); Australia (58 million hectares); Brazil (49.7 million hectares); and China (40.2 million hectares).