To ensure survival of saplings it is important to create awareness and what better way than involving youngsters who are the future guardians. In order to involve students some educational institutions have set up eco clubs. NT KURIOCITY asks youngsters how they think this will help nurture the relationship between humans and plants/trees.

My school does not have an eco club but I feel that all the school and colleges in Goa should start such a club and practice various activities which will help make our environment clean and green. A lot of construction work, widening of roads is taking place and even the Amazon forest caught on fire. We need to plant trees in and around our homes, schools, parks and nurture them so that we can provide a better future for the generations to come and also tell our younger generations about the importance of plants and trees and cultivate a good habit in them.

Gautami Mahale Purohit, D C T’s Vasantrao Dempo Higher Secondary School of Arts Science and Commerce, Cujira

We didn’t have clubs exclusively dedicated to planting saplings but I was lucky enough to have activities planned like planting saplings in various places and also taking care of them. There were also programmes to create awareness among general public and students of other schools and colleges. Planting saplings or plants is the need of the hour, I feel, be it through eco clubs in education institutions or in any other place, with every seed sown and every plant grown will nurture Mother Nature and secure the future of generations to come. We need to know the fact that the globe isn’t just warming but is heating, hot enough to have our glaciers melted with drastic changes in the climate.

Avin Anant Pai Kane, entrepreneur, Goa Velha

Nature and its contribution in our life is something that one can’t overlook, we may not be directly aware about it but surely we can’t forget that our very existence on this planet is possible only due to presence of all the elements of nature. Being an Indian I can proudly say that our culture has always kept us revolving around nature and taught us ways to worship its goodness. In college we never had any dedicated club for nature conservation but through NSS/NCC/Scouts programme many initiatives were undertaken to do some nature worships. I feel our academics barely focus on seriously understanding and solving problems of nature. The education system should make our generation more conscious and alert about nature conservation. The materialistic world may get us momentary benefits and happiness but in the long term we need to know that we shall continue to keep our planet sustainable and habitable for come many generations. There’s no point finding out whether Mars can support human settlement when we are not able to save our own planet.

Kishan Mangueshkar, Shiroda

Every element of nature is an integral part of our life on earth. We all symbiotically live with all and that’s the ultimate truth. Our existence on this planet would have been impossible without trees and plants, and we all shall be conscious about it and respect this fact. In school and college, I actively took part in plantation drives and it gave me a lot of happiness that I am helping the planet. I am a person who wants to improve things for everyone that I meet. That includes insects, elephants and even beneficial bacterial. I recognise that I am just a part of the planet’s inhabitants, and if I can minimise my footprint, I will. Our education system should imbibe a sense of responsibility towards nature in the minds of our upcoming generations. We need to know that we are all only the caretakers and not the owners of this planet. Nobody will take anything with them, therefore let’s use it wisely and hand it over to next generation as pristine as can be.

Reuban Mascarenhas, Colva

We do not have a club exclusively for such a purpose. However, the administration does it best to make the indoors as well as the outdoors lushly green. That being said it’s a bit disappointing that there’s an absence or minimal student involvement in this venture. I’m strongly of the opinion that we could achieve beyond ordinary heights if the faculty and student could be more involved, thereby optimising the youth force, this will in turn create awareness and interest in preserving, sustaining and maybe even improving our existing ecosystem.

Anish V Pai, VM Salgaocar College of Law, Panaji