To mark the World Environment Day, Department of Forests and Wildlife, Delhi organised an event under the theme “Connecting People to Nature” at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, on Monday.
Gopal Rai, minister, Development, graced the program, as the chief guest. “We are working to conserve the environment, since very beginning. We brought Odd Even Formula in Delhi to protect the air of Delhi.”
“Various acts of environment destruction such as deforestation, ozone depletion, increasing temperature of earth etc are leading to various issues such as desertification and imbalanced climatic condition. Together we should work to conserve environment,” he added.
Minister of Environment, Imran Hussain attended the event as Guest of Honour. He addressed the audience by encouraging them to have a strong bond with nature. “We should go for walks in nearby parks or forest patches to have the fresh air.”
“Further we should understand our responsibilities and create clean environment around us. A clean ambience and greenery gives a wonderful delight and we should all experience it every now and than,” added Minister of Environment.
Sahi Ram, MLA Tughlakabad, said, “I congratulate the citizen of Delhi for their enthusiastic participation in the plantation drive. We hope that people will keep participating in such events and not only plant trees but also take care of the saplings.
Head of Department and Additional Principal Chief Conservator (APCCF), Archana Singh said, “Environment Day is an important occasion for all of us. The very first step of environmental conservation was taken on June 5th, 1972 in Stockholm (Sweeden) and since then it is being celebrate on the same day.”
“On this day we are opening the butterfly park to public, with the aim of increasing awareness as well as sensitizing general public on the subject of butterflies,” she added. The park was built and being maintained in coordination with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and its Delhi centre Conservation Education Centre (CEC).
The opening ceremony of the park was followed by the inauguration of the butterfly booklet, which contains the handy information and illustrations of common butterflies of Asola and Delhi.
AK Shukla, APCCF and Chief Wildlife Warden, edited and complied the butterfly field book. With his vision and commitment, the butterfly park has been developed. On the occasion he said, “Butterflies are important part of the ecosystem and we should work together to conserve these wonderful species.”
On the occasion, students participated in various activities such as Prakariti Vandana – a devotional song for nature, educational skits, sparrow song etc. Prizes distributed among children for participating in the painting competition.