The constant felling of trees in India has been a problem for a long time, and vanamahotsava is important in creating awareness of the issues. According to the forest department, for every tree felled ,ten tree saplings should be planted to make up for its loss
As at 2016, tree cover of India (including forests and non-forest areas) was 23.81%. The Government of India has set a target of 33% cover by 2020. Planting of trees also serves other purposes like providing alternative fuel options, food for cattle, helps in soil conservation and more than anything offers a natural aesthetic beauty. Planting of trees also helps to avoid soil erosion, which may cause floods. Also, planting trees can be extremely effective in slowing down global warming and trees also help in reducing pollution as they make the air cleaner.
People celebrate vanamahotsava by planting trees or saplings in and near their homes, offices, schools and colleges. Novel promotions like free circulation of trees are also taken up by various organizations and volunteers. In general, native trees are planted as they most readily adapt to local conditions, integrate into eco-systems and have a high survival rate and help support local biodiversity. State Governments and civic bodies supply saplings to schools, colleges and academic institutions, NGOs and welfare organizations for planting trees. July is the onset of the monsoon season in India – a time when tree planting is most likely to be effective
We the students of GITAM University-NSS team have celebrated the “vanamahotsava” by planting trees in and around the GITAM University ,which took place on July which many NSS team volunteers and other students have taken part and made the event successful
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a campaign launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It is also called as the Clean India Mission or Clean India drive. It is to fulfill the vision and mission of clean India of Mahatma Gandhi so it is launched on Oct 2nd, 2014 and expected to have a complete implementation throughout the country by Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The members of GITAM NSS Team have taken an initiative to make this campaign more successful. We have adopted Tenneti Park and clean it and its surroundings every week. A different batch clean the park every week and try to not to pollute it. Within the campus we have conducted various rallies and to promote cleanliness and to also promote household waste management.