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Let's mean it - June is here once again


We are already into the month of June. And this means June 2 is here again. Back then, it was celebrated as Coronation cum Social Forestry Day. It was a national holiday; a wonderful day to plant tress. But with time, we have scrapped the day from our national holiday list. This is a serious blow to the nation, I think. We are not lamenting the loss of an additional day off here, but we lament the loss of our tree planting opportunities. Of course schools still participate in the plantation exercise. And that's good. But we need the day to remind ourselves the importance of tree plantation. We need reminders; otherwise we forget. Just saying we are conserving our forest for all times to come while on the other hand we continue felling trees after tress, truly shows our heightened hypocrisy.   

Even if we celebrate the Coronation Day in November now, June 2 (in its own right) deserves to be a public holiday. And the reasons are amply clear. People of a country that lays immense emphasis on conservation of forest and other natural resources, rightfully deserve to be constantly reminded of the importance of conserving our natural resources and planting trees. And tree plantation is not the job of schools alone. Once we graduate from our schools or colleges, we are not offered the opportunity to involve in such useful activities.

Whoever is responsible, please kindly consider restoring June 2 as the public holiday. Let's create nationwide awareness and for once let's truly mean what we say. Yes, let's mean what we say!  

Comments

  1. Charo,
    You are right! Forget about other departments/ government agencies, even the schools are deprived of opportunity that we used to have in the past. To day, only the class eight students and the class teachers were involve in tree plantation in our school. We other teachers were just running our usual classes. I feel sad like you.

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  2. i like what you have written....something very true.
    the number of trees are decreasing every year so i think it is very important to plant trees and conserve our forests.

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  3. Trees provide numerous aesthetic and economic benefits but also incur some costs. You need to be aware that an investment is required for your trees to provide the benefits that you desire.

    long island tree care

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