Forest day is celebrated in India every year. The celebration is completed by 7 days, started from 1st July to 7th July every year. Forest Day also known as Van-Mahotsav [वन – महोत्सव]. It was started in 1950 by Kulpati Dr. K M Munshi. This is celebrated by planting trees or saplings in homes, offices, schools and colleges. Novel promotions like free circulation of trees are also taken up by various organizations and volunteers.
The purpose of this celebration is to spread the awareness among the public for the importance of trees in our day to day life and importance for all the living hoods. As on today the percentage of tree on Indian Territory is only 23.81 as against set target of 33 % by year 2020. This target is set by Indian Govt.
Planting of trees also serves other purposes like providing alternative fuel options, food for cattle, helps in soil conservation and more than anything offers a natural aesthetic beauty. Planting of trees also helps to avoid soil erosion which may cause floods. Also, planting trees can be extremely effective in slowing down global warming and trees also help in reducing pollution as they make the air cleaner. July is the onset of the monsoon season in India – a time when tree planting is most likely to be effectiveDense of trees means clean environment, good climatic condition. Good weather condition, good agricultural growth as well as good prosperity for all.ChipkoAndolan [चिपकोआंदोलन] of Shri SundarLalBahugunha is one of the mission to prevent the trees from cutting and destroying.
Ministry of Environment and Forest also encourages for dense tree plantation in India