Mandi: Students of Mandi Public School were taken on a nature tour byÂ My Himachal and Censud to Dhuma Devi, a famous religious place on top of a hill near Mandi.
Students were educated about flora and fauna of the area and the importance to conserve it.
Praveen Sharma told students about importance of plants in our ecology and how important is it for us to maintain green cover on our planet which has a distinction of being the only green planet in this whole universe. He further said that trees can survive without us but we can not survive without trees and they becomeÂ more important in view of the Climate Change concernsÂ becauseÂ of increasing green house gases. So at the same time we need to lower our carbon foot prints and consumeÂ energy judiciously.
Afterwards studentsÂ enthusiasticallyÂ planted various medicinal plants such as aamla, jamun, harad, behda so that they not only provide green cover but alsoÂ supplement income of the localÂ population.Â Members of the local youth club were also present on this occasion and they assured to take care of the planted trees as the plantsÂ have a low survival rate due toÂ forest fires and grazing.Â
InÂ collaborationÂ with WWF India, My Himachal and Censud will organise state level World Wetland Day at Rewalsar on 2nd February.
Students from about 10 schools will collectÂ waste in the area surrounding the Rewalsar lake and will be told how toÂ segregateÂ biodegradable waste from non-biodegradable waste. Rewalsar is an importantÂ religious place for Hindu, Sikhs and Budhists which has been under threat due to increasing pollution in and around the lake. Â Leaders from all the religions will be present on thisÂ occasion who will tell about importance of water and wetlands.