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Forest Deptt unites people of south Kashmir for Pro-Planet actions under ‘Mission Life’

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SRINAGAR: Forest Department in South Kashmir is at the forefront of the implementation of ‘Mission Life’ here.

‘Mission Life’ (Lifestyle for Environment), was first proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at COP 26 Glasgow and envisioned as an India-led global mass movement that will nudge individual and collective action to protect and preserve the environment,

Irfan Ali Shah, Conservator of Forests, South Forest Circle said unity and participation of all stakeholders is at the core of the fight against climate change globally. 

He said climate change is not an issue related only to academic discourse and policy-making but goes beyond government responsibility and needs contributions from individuals, families, and communities especially the vulnerable and forest-dependent, civil society, students, etc.

He said that ‘Mission Life’ makes the fight against climate change democratic, in which everyone can contribute with their respective capacities.

He informed that ‘Mission Life’ has been launched in a big way in South Kashmir and emboldens and catches the spirit of what he called a ‘P3 model’, i.e. Pro Planet People. It functions on the basic principles of ‘Lifestyle of the planet, for the planet, and by the planet.

He further informed that acceptance of the ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ strategy is a must here as environmental pollution in many forms continues to challenge our healthy living, especially in South Kashmir. He said environmental cleanliness and forest protection will be part of the futuristic local circular economy here.

The Publicity Officer of the department, Zahid Wani informed that Plastic and polythene free forests campaign, afforestation at a massive scale especially in degraded forest areas, anti-narcotic drives, cleanliness and rejuvenation of Water bodies inside forests for both human and animal use, organizing of awareness pledges, rallies and lectures, cycle rides, Trek through forests, forest nursery visits by students and nature lovers is part of ongoing Mission Life in all Forest Divisions of South Forest Circle.

The Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) along with Forest frontline staff are leading the action on the ground.

The Forest Department designed the Mission Life program in collaboration with sister departments like the Forest Protection Force, Wildlife Protection Department, Social Forestry, and Soil and Water Conservation with the objective to mobilize the entire population of South Kashmir to take individual and collective actions for protecting and preserving the environment.

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