While the nation is celebrating Environment Day 2020, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, on Friday said that “India has been able to preserve 8 percent of world’s biodiversity.” “This is no small feat. India has been able to prove that here is a country that can preserve despite constraints,” he added.
Likewise, he appealed to all the city corporations to map the forest/degraded land in cities and if that is reserved for creating urban forests, then, it will become a people’s movement.
While extending greetings on World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a video from his radio program Mann Ki Baat. He captioned: “On World Environment Day, we reiterate our pledge to preserve our planet’s rich biodiversity. Let us collectively do whatever possible to ensure the flora and fauna with whom we share the Earth thrive. May we leave an even better planet for the coming generations.”
On #WorldEnvironmentDay, we reiterate our pledge to preserve our planet’s rich biodiversity. Let us collectively do whatever possible to ensure the flora and fauna with whom we share the Earth thrive. May we leave an even better planet for the coming generations. pic.twitter.com/nPBMthR1kr
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2020
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind stated: “Greetings on World Environment Day that reminds us to appreciate inter-connectedness of all living beings. Our ancient wisdom taught us to protect biodiversity and conserve the environment. We remain committed to joining hands with other nations to ensure a greener planet for posterity.”
He added that “We mark the occasion this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The world has united effectively in meeting the challenge, and I am confident we all have learned the right lessons and resolved to emerge from the present crisis stronger and wiser.”