“Every human being needs oxygen to sustain and the oxygen is provided by trees. At least two trees provide enough oxygen needed by a single man for his entire. But, today, the number of trees as compared to human population has drastically declined, Keeping this aspect in mind, everybody must make efforts to conserve and protect forests,” stressed Shailendra Tembhurnikar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Nagpur Territory.
Tembhurnikar was speaking as chief guest at a function organized to celebrate World Forest Day on March 21. The function was organized jointly by Rotary Club of Nagpur Elite and Maharashtra Forest Department Nagpur Territory.
Rotary’s Nagpur President Enclave Chief Jagdish Khatri was special guest. Others seated on dais include Rotary Club of Nagpur President Avinash Pathak, Secretary Jayant Dixit, Deputy Conservator of Forests D M Bhat, Rotary’s Joint Regional Chief Lalit Loya and others.
The Chief Conservator of Forests, Nagpur Territory, further said, “The population of Nagpur alone is 25 lakh. However, the number of trees in the city, known as second greenest city in the country, is only 23 lakh. Considering this disturbing fact, the drive for boosting tree plantation at all levels would have to be intensified. The situation like Nagpur is being witnessed across the globe. If this fact is neglected the situation in future will be difficult to handle,” warned Tembhurnikar. protecting humans, animals and plants from delirious impacts of global warming.
Jagdish Khatri said that the Rotary movement spread all over the world has accorded topmost priority for protection of environment. He assured Rotary’s cooperation in maintaining greenery in and around Nagpur.
An oath on protection and conservation of environment was administered to thors present on the occasion.