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Appeal of the Director of Department of Environment for International Day of Forest March 21, 2019


Theme: Forests and Education
            International Day of Forests is celebrated on 21st March 2019. Since been announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, this global day celebration has aimed to raise awareness on the importance of all types of trees and woodland. The theme for 2019 is ‘Forests and Education’, this year the International Day of Forests promotes education to Learn to Love Forests. It underscores the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation.
            Forests plays great role in gathering and releasing the water on the earth and maintain the flora and fauna habitat balanced. Forests are the natural beauty on the earth which is very necessary to be conserved to keep everything in balance. It is also a day that can be used as a springboard to encourage organizations on a local, national and international level to take action to prevent and reverse the global deforestation that is happening today.
            Forests provide more than 50% of the shelter to terrestrial species of insects and animals. They also balance out the levels of oxygen and CO2 in the environment, protect the watersheds which supply fresh water to rivers,  provide food for a variety of insects, mammals, birds and reptiles and can cool the air in urban areas by as much as 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.
            Trees are also important to human society as well as environment. This year can be celebrated by planting trees, educating people about the importance of trees and forests or by simply enjoying a nice hike through a forest. It’s also a good day to remember how important forests are to all of us as well as to our planet.
            On this occasion to educate the awareness of trees among people and portray the need of planting and tending of trees, as trees are one of the best ways to prevent global warming and reduce pollution. It is responsibility of every individual to conserve the forests and natural resources for future generation.
Tamil Nadu was a precursor in the environmental awareness movement. Based on the formation and success on the awareness activities conducted by Eco clubs in the State of Tamil Nadu for the first time in India in the year 1998, National Green Corps a Government of India project, under Ministry of Environment and Forest, is formed in Government and Government aided schools National Green Corps, has hence, embarked upon a major initiative for creating environmental awareness among children by formulating National Green Corps (NGC) in 2001-02. The programme is being implemented in Tamil Nadu since 2002-2003. The Department of Environment is the Nodal Agency for implementing the National Green Corps (NGC) in Tamil Nadu.                                                                                                                       


Director of Environment