Union minister Harsh Vardhan today assured that the central government will extend all possible support to any scheme for enhancing the beauty and ecology of the Aravali range.
He also urged the people to work with resolve and dedication to make the Aravalis more beautiful.
Union environment, forests and climate change minister Vardhan was addressing the gathering at a function to inaugurate the Swarna Jayanti Nature Camp and launch of nature awareness and Aravali conservation campaign on the occasion of the United Nations World Day to Combat Desertification 2017, in Bhondsi, in Gurgaon district.
Vardhan said desertification could be tackled effectively with the active participation of local people and cooperation at all levels.
He urged the people of Haryana and the nation to become a large force of 'Paryavaran Rakshaks' (environment protectors) to fight the challenges posed by desertification, global warming and climate change.
He said photos of persons doing commendable work in the area of environment will be circulated in the entire country, if they upload their photos along with their work on the website of the environment ministry.
Such persons will also be rewarded on the occasion of World Environment Day next year, he said.
In such a way, a big force of environment protectors would be raised, he added.
Pointing out that modern science and technology and environment could come together to protect nature, he referred to the devising of a solar tree by scientists over an area of four square metres, which generates 5 KW of electricity.
He also highlighted the leading role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in forming the International Solar Alliance at the Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Paris in 2015, and added that the government was firmly committed towards implementing policies on solar energy.
Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said climate change was having an adverse impact on the lives of the people, and was also adding to the desertification of land.
He stressed that afforestation could act as a bulwark to stop the process of desertification of land.
He also announced that the forest around Bhondsi area had been renamed as 'Chandra Shekhar Smriti Van' in the memory of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar.
Khattar exhorted the people to plant trees equal to the population of the village and to plant 2 crore trees in the next one year for protection of the environment.
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