Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday planted a Kadam tree sapling at his official residence 7, Race Course Road on the occasion of World Environment Day.
World Environment Day is crelebrated every year on June 5 across the globe to create awareness for environment and importance of protecting planet Earth and mother nature. The theme for World Environment Day this year is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care".
The ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change will celebrate the occasion by planting saplings across the country.
In Mumbai, cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, AjinkyaRahane and Rohit Sharma, along with Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra Minister for Primary, Higher and Technical and Medical Education and Culture Vinod Tawde will plant saplings at Joggers Park on Carter Road in the evening on Friday.
The Indian cricket team is expected to participate in a plantation drive in Kolkata on Friday before leaving for its Bangladesh tour.
"Boxers Mary Kom and Sarita Devi, billiards player GeetSethi and hockey player VirenRasquinha have also pledged their support to the campaign and will also plant saplings," Javadekar told PTI.
He said that to achieve the goal of more greenery, a new pilot project on urban forestry will be launched in Pune on Friday.
"Seventy acres of forest land in Pune is being compounded and about 4,000 trees will be planted on it. This project will be run through public participation in the form of a memorial garden. People will pay Rs.2,000 per tree and that tree will be named after their loved ones."