`Green ambassador` Kalam advocates tree plantation
New Delhi: Recognising forests as a major
C02 sink (absorber) that neutralises 11 per cent of India`s
total green house gas emissions, former President APJ Abdul
Kalam on Wednesday advocated for a "Mission: Ten billion trees."
"In India we should aim to plant one billion trees.
The motto will be "Billion trees for billion people". This can
be done by every citizen planting a tree.
"Some may plant 100 trees, some may plant 10 trees and
some may plant one. This is what the youth of the nation can
contribute in, making a good weather mission," said Kalam who
was facilitated today as the country`s first `Paryavaran`
Ambassador by environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.
The scientist also called for a youth movement instead
of political one to combat climate change for sustainable
"Unless everybody becomes responsible to take green
initiatives, it is not possible to check climate change. We
need to start a youth movement and not a political movement to
bring the change.
"The movement should start from the schools,
sensitising the students who can contribute by adopting
eco-friendly measures," said Kalam.
Kalam was chosen as `green ambassador` by school
students across the country following a campaign implemented
in 15 languages in over two lakh schools.
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