Hyderabad ( Telangana ): As part of World Environment Day, a ‘Kalpataru campaign’ was organised by Brahma Kumaris across all their centres with an aim to involve 40 lakh (4,000,000) citizens and have 40 lakh saplings planted by August 25.
Member of Parliament (MP) Rajya Sabha, Joginapally Santosh Kumar, who has been invited for the programme at Brahma Kumaris Shanti Sarovar in Gachibowli, said nature protects us if we protect nature. He emphasized the need to protect nature and ensure better environmental resources for the sake of coming generations and added, “We don’t just have a right on nature but also a responsibility.”
Santosh Kumar, whose Green India Challenge has successfully involved citizens and celebrities in large numbers, pointed out the indiscriminate cutting down of forests, and pollution of water bodies, and highlighted the consequences of this. “Other life forms who have equal rights to survive as us, are going extinct,” he said.
Listing the initiatives taken up in the state, he said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has come up with the Haritha Haram programme which started to yield positive results with an 8 per cent increase in forests and the planting of 240 crore (2.4 billion) saplings.
On behalf of Brahma Kumaris, Rajayogini Kuldeep thanked Santosh Kumar for agreeing to participate in their Kalpataru campaign.