This year marks the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on 2 October 1869. To commemorate the occasion, the Embassy of India in Reykjavik, Iceland, had organised a tree planting event on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, also World Environment day (theme Beat Air Pollution). The tree planting event was organised in association with the Iceland’s Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources and Hekluskogar afforestation project, at Hekluskogar, near Mt. Hekla, in Southern Iceland.
The main objective of the Hekluskogar project where the tree planting was done is to restore native birch woodland in the vicinity of the active volcano Mt. Hekla. The project also aims for the restoration of ecosystem function and biodiversity, carbon sequestration and improved options for future land use.
Mr. Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, Hon’ble Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources participated in the tree planting event. Other participant and volunteers included members of the Indian business delegation visiting Iceland and, nearly 60 other persons of different nationalities, all affirming Gandhiji’s thoughts and belief. Together, they planted 1000 Birch saplings.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of India to Iceland, Mr. T. Armstrong Changsan, reminded the volunteers & participants that Gandhiji called for the limitation of wants so that man’s stress on nature would be minimised. Gandhiji’s holistic view of the world guides us in finding solutions for an eco-friendly world. Gandhi had said “The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us”.
A bus was arranged by the Embassy for the volunteers to reach Hekluskogar for the tree planting event. There was an overwhelming response from enthusiastic supporters for the event. Refreshments was provided to the volunteers after the event. The event was a great success with everyone reaffirming their commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet.