It’s mission Haritha Keralam.

One crore saplings planted and ten other initiatives by Kerala on World Environment Day
news Environment Monday, June 05, 2017 - 18:20

It’s mission Haritha Keralam (Green Kerala) for the state government, which has gone all out to observe World Environment Day. One crore tree saplings have been planted across Kerala, with the state Kudumbashree Mission, educational institutions, local-self-government institutions and NGOs participating in the initiative.

While students are expected to plant saplings in the premises of their house, the government has distributed hundred varieties of saplings including poovarasu (Indian tulip), manimaruthu (queen crape myrtle), curry leaves tree, venga (Indian kino), sandal, kunnivaka (kala siris), nelli (gooseberry) and seethappazham (custard apple). 

So what are the other initiatives that have been launched in Kerala to observe World Environment Day?

1) Saying ‘no’ to plastic straws for the day, the Association of Approved and Classified Hotels of Kerala (AACHK) hope to sensitise people to the dangers of plastic.

India sees an estimated 500 million plastic straws discarded every day, and hoteliers hope this small gesture on World Environment Day will go a long way in curbing plastic pollution.

2) Kerala also observed sanitation hartal with health workers and the employees of various government departments taking part in a two-hour drive from 9 to 11am. The combined initiative of health, local self, social justice departments and National Health Mission saw workers engaging in proper waste disposal, mosquito eradication at source and chlorination of wells.

3) A programme to cut down acacia and eucalyptus trees that draw large amounts of water has also been launched.

4) Students Federation of India, the Left Students’ group, planted five lakh saplings in educational institutions across the state. SFI activists also dug five lakh rain pits. 

5) Students of Chalai government UP School in Thiruvananthapuram honoured 150-year-old mango trees.

6) Governor P Sathasivam as a part of Environment Day celebrations of the Raj Bhavan planted sapling of a jackfruit tree and coconut tree on its premise.

Raj Bhavan staff planted saplings of 15 type of coconut trees, apart from 20 saplings of neem. The governor also distributed around 100 saplings of curry leaf tree and arana maram (Polyalthia longifolia) to employees of the Raj Bhavan.

7) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan planted tree saplings at AKG Memorial Higher Secondary School in Kannur.

8) The CM’s daughter Veena planted a sapling on the premises of Cliff House, the official residence of the Chief Minister.

9) Chief Secretary Nalini Netto planted saplings at the Secretariat. 

10) Under the guidance of Ernakulam rural SP AV George, Environment Day was observed at the SP's office, by planting mango saplings. 

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