Come July and in the first week of the month the country is all set to celebrate the onset of rains and be drenched in greenery with Vana Mahotsava. As civic groups across Delhi-NCR plan to make the most of it, Delhi University students are not left behind. Many environmental groups across the university are organizing plantation drives, rolling out social media awareness campaigns and working to promote others to the green cause.
Bhumi: The Eco Club of Kirori Mall College plans to celebrate the occasion by welcoming winged beauties. “We are doing a plantation drive where we plant plants that attract butterflies throughout the season, such as rattle pod plant and sterpeta. There will also be gultora, ixora, salvadora persica and lantana plants,” says Manya Jain, a BA (Hons) Political Science final year student. “We pledge to say no to single-use plastic.”
Panchatatva, Hindu College’s Eco Association has planned a drive around the college campus to create awareness about the flora in the college campus. Parvesh Garg, a final year student of BSc (Hons) Botany shares, “We named our celebrations as Swachh Campus Abhiyan. An informative walk around the campus will allow participants to learn more about the plants on campus, their medicinal benefits and how they are grown, among other topics of discussion. We are planning to organize some competitions on the same topic.
MH Vatavaran, Miranda House College’s environmental society is trying to revive the Chipko movement. Kanupriya, a first-year student of BA (Hons) Economics and general secretary of the society, says, “An awareness session on the Chipko movement will be held in a week and volunteers will take the pledge while hugging trees. They are Additionally, we plan to conduct a plantation drive and plant species that will help purify the air in our campus.
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