Written by Taasir
  • The day was marked by planting 1000 trees in the Institute

Ropar: 6th June 2022: Indian Institute of Technology Ropar in association with RoundGlass Foundation, in its continuous endeavour towards shaping a sustainable future, celebrated World Environment Day (WED) 2022 by planting 1000 saplings in the Institute, focusing on the UN 2022 theme “OnlyOneEarth” and the National initiative of ‘Lifestyle for the Environment – LiFE Movement’.

IIT Ropar is committed to continue its journey to improve biodiversity, mitigate climate change, enhance environmental care, optimize resource and energy efficiency, solid waste utilization, and significantly reduce plastic waste for improving the quality of lives. Faculty, Students and Staff participated in this event.

On this occasion, the Institute pledged to start a Tree Plantation campaign aimed at raising community awareness about saving biodiversity and balance the ecosystem.

The students displayed posters on its campus to create awareness on saving Planet Earth and our biodiversity and encourage discontinuity of single-utility plastics like water bottle, take-away coffee cups etc., among the campus residents.

“As a responsible global and  Institute of National Importance, we at IIT Ropar are passionate about sustainable development, and aligned with global nature conservation efforts to reverse multiple crisis- from Climate Change to biodiversity loss.  We are committed to spread awareness about environment protection, sustenance and eco-conscious growth.” said Prof. Rajeev Ahuja on the occasion of World Environment Day 2022.

Speaking about the reforestation drive, Vishal Chowla, Leader, RoundGlass Foundation said, “We are on a mission to plant one billion trees in Punjab. We have already planted more than 6 lakh saplings, created more than 500 mini forests in 700+ villages. Through this plantation drive, we aim to bring back the native trees of Punjab, restore habitat for birds and animals, improve soil health, and aid climate correction. This programme encourages the youth of Punjab and other communities to work towards restoring the state’s ecological balance by increasing its forest cover. We are mobilizing community support for this initiative by partnering with gram panchayats and eco-clubs. We are enabling MGNREGA work opportunities, with one employee handling 200 seedlings under the Van Mittar Scheme. These efforts help ensure that the survival rate of the saplings is above 90%.At RoundGlass Foundation, we’re progressing towards restoring Punjab’s green cover for its people.

Dr. Pushpendra P. Singh, (Associate Dean, R&D)  talking about the event said,“We really have #OnlyOneEarth and  the good news is that the solutions and the technology exist to drive us out of this “red code alert,” and at IIT Ropar, we  are trying to reverse this catastrophic Climate Change situation by   promoting sustainable solutions for combating pollution and prioritizing to repair the damage that has been caused.”

On this occasion Council of Local Associates formed by IIT Ropar participated in the tree plantation. Among them Dr. R.S. Parmar, Dr. Bhanu Parmar, Dr. Namrata Parmar, S. Harsimar Singh Sitta (President Rotary Club), Dr. Inderpal Singh Chada (Secretary,CLA), S. Harjinder Cheema (Chairman, Cheema Boilers), S. SKS Dhody (Former Director, SML-ISUZU), S. Karnail Singh, President Senior Citizen Group. Dr. B.S. Satyal (Dashmesh Hospital), Sh. J.K.Jaggi (President,  Sarbat Da Bhala Trust), Sh. Ashish Kumar Bansal (Secretary, District Legal Aid Authority, Ropar) were present.

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