Mangaluru, Mar 21, 2018: APD Foundation, in association with the State Forest Department, will be observing International Forest Day on March 21 at Tree Park in Tannirbavi at 10 am.
According to a press release, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) and Antony Waste Handling Cell Pvt Ltd. (AWHCPL) are the co-organisers of the programme and this is part of the APD Foundation’s year-long resolution to celebrate the eco-friendly days. The theme for 2018 is Forests and Sustainable Cities.
Stating that the APD team will promote ‘Trees over Hoardings’ concept to highlight the need to reverse the growing trend of trees being cut or felled to accommodate the rising numbers of advertisement hoardings in Mangaluru city,” said APD founder Abdullah A Rehman. He also said that students from a few colleges will be participating in the various activities organised by the team.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 as the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect people.
Similarly, the APD Foundation in collaboration with Yenepoya Institute of Technology (YIT)and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board will be observing World Water Day on March 22 at YIT campus at Thodar in Moodbidri at 1 pm.
According to a separate press release, competitions like elocution, quiz and sketching will be conducted on the theme Nature for Water. Yenepoya institutions are known for their nature friendly campuses having elaborate rainwater harvesting and water conservation facilities. This is also a part of APD Foundation’s resolution to celebrate the eco-friendly days.
World Water Day is observed on March 22 to focus on the importance of water, to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle water and sanitation issues. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges people face in the 21st century.
“Karnataka has seen an alarming rate of decrease in groundwater levels and studies reveal that half the rural population is likely to face drinking water shortage. Even though Mangaluru and surrounding regions have enjoyed the abundance of water, it is not expected to be so in the future. With the present rate of industrialisation and pollution, the city might face severe water issues in no time. It is time for authorities, the city dwellers and various organisations join hands in conserving water, protecting water and acting against those who pollute water sources,” the release stated.