Respected Principal, teachers and my dear companions, I stand before you to speak on the topic of deforestation.
According to the English dictionary, it means cutting down trees over a large area. Deforestation also means cutting down of trees and clearing of forests for the sake of development as well as for human use. And yes, it is a topic of concern.
Deforestation not only affects the environment or climate but it also affects the people living near the forest because they are dependent on forests for their daily needs.
There are many causes of deforestation such as a rise in the population of the country, new industries, forest fires, etc. One should not support deforestation as it is evil for our country.
Deforestation is not something new. It has a history. At the time of British rule, British people used to cut trees for their own benefits. Women of that time saved the trees by hugging them. This turned into a popular movement called the ‘Chipko movement’.
Today also we have one of the conservation strategies which is practised in our country and that is Van Mahotsav. It is a tree-planting festival which begins on the 1st of July every year and ends on 7 July. It lasts for a week. During this time people plant more trees and it is also celebrated in various schools and institutes to spread awareness among the people and children.
Apart from this, the government has also put the ban on cutting down of trees for commercial use. Trees are very important for human survival; one should save them.
In the end, I would like to say, we as students should plant more and more trees and educate the people around us for the same. We should always gift a sapling instead of a fancy flower bouquet. And never forget to say yes to aforestation and no to deforestation.