Union home minister Amit Shah launched the Tree Plantation Campaign “Vriksharopan Abhiyan” of the Ministry of Coal in New Delhi on Thursday.

Union coal minister Pralhad Joshi was among the dignitaries present during the launch.

During the launch event at his residence, the Union Home Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 6 eco-parks.

The tree plantation campaign was conducted at more than 130 locations spread in 38 districts of 10 coal/lignite bearing states through video conferencing.

“I congratulate the Coal Ministry for planting 6 Lakh trees at more than 130 locations spread in 38 districts of 10 states,” Shah said.

“Climate change has impacted the world and greenery is the only solution to this crisis,” Shah said.

“Our culture has emphasised that one must not exploit nature but instead must support nature,” the union minister added.

“The focal mantra of Indian heritage has been that we should harness natural resources and not exploit them,” he said.

“We ignored this principle at our own peril, leading to depletion of the Ozone layer and forming Ozone Hole, which in turn resulted in global warming and climate change,” Shah further added.

There is only one solution to this problem and one that has been mentioned in the Puranas by sages that trees are friends of mankind and only greenery can get us out of this crisis. Trees give us the life-saving Oxygen, help reduce Carbon footprint and preserve the Ozone layer,” the home minister further said.

Shah further said that there are many tree species that can serve mankind for 100-150 years.

“Peepul is among the trees that give 100 per cent oxygen. That is why Lord Shri Krishna said in the Geeta that among trees he is the Peepul tree. By equating himself with the peepul tree he has enhanced the importance of the peepul tree,” Shah said.

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