Distribution of saplings marks world Environment day: “Connect people to Nature” :

Let us provide a safe place to live for our children and to our grand children.

World Environment day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on June 5th with the motto of aiding to the environmental issues and concerns of the world and spreading awareness about the necessity to save environment. 'Connecting People to Nature' is the theme for World Environment Day 2017 which implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

The statistics available clearly note that Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission has increased at an alarming rate in India leading to harsh consequences. With 17 percent of world population, India contributes about 5 percent of human-sourced carbon dioxide emission. India emits about 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide per person per year. The urban/semi-urban areas in India generates over 0.1 million tonnes of solid waste every day - 36.5 million tonnes annually.

In his encyclical letter on ecology 'Laudato Si', Pope Francis emphasizes the need of Environmental education at all levels. Yet this education, he points out, aimed at creating an "ecological citizenship" and encouraging a "culture of care", is at times limited to providing information, and fails to instill good habits. He exhorts each individual to engage in ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. There is nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions. (Laudato Si 210 & 211 & 231)

Contributing its mite in line with Laudato Si and to country's efforts, VIMUKTI has been engaging its member institutions in environmental friendly efforts. It has so far mobilized and facilitated People, Youths, and Children in its working area to protect the nature and encourage them by distributing saplings freely. This year Vimukti has encouraged to plant 1000 plants in various schools and public place to make the surroundings clean and green. The Vimukti staff planted the saplings in front of the Vimukti office to mark the event.

Each community, each individual has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations while taking from the bounty of the earth whatever one needs for subsistence. Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us. (Laudato Si 67,159)

Dear readers, let us start connecting ourselves to nature……

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