It is the epitome of irony, the earth that helps all organisms to flourish, needs to be saved.

The World Environment Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of June, to raise awareness on growing concerns, global warming and climate change being the most recent. It was conceived in the year 1974 after the first major conference on the environment was held at Stockholm, Sweden, based on the theme “Only One Earth”.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) set this year’s theme as “Connecting People to Nature”, with the intention to urge governments, organisations, communities and people to contribute towards the environment.

After a handful of ideas were suggested as activities for the World Environment Day on 5th of June, we at Keystone set out, leaving our computers in their sustainable environment and moved to ours. We picked saplings of native plants from our nursery, and took them out to be christened on a small patch of land at the crest of the hill, beside the forest encompassing the groves hill road. To our surprise, guests who were attending a meeting held at our campus tagged along to celebrate with us, which fortunately related with the theme to increase participation.

Later, for our second activity of the day, we descended to ‘Happy Valley’, a wetland restoration project of Keystone. We gathered sickle and hoes, to clean up the area that grew dense over the period. We preached the magnitude of the day and instigated locals to join us, and succeeded. We split-up in groups and segregated tasks to make it more efficient. After two hours of toil, the quest was accomplished.It is a joy, to feel the warm earth, getting your hands dirty benefits the heart, skin and immune system. Let us collectively create a better foundation for our future generations; after all we are not apart from nature, but a part of nature.



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