CHANDIGARH: Haryana government has announced that it will provide a special "tree pension" to those who will take care of old trees - 75 years and above. CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced this on June 5 on the occasion of World Environment Day. This is under the Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme
CM Khattar stated that the main aim of the pension scheme is to honour those trees which are 75 years and above and have served humanity throughout their life by producing oxygen, reducing pollution, providing shade and so on. Such trees will be identified throughout the state and these will be looked after by involving local people in this scheme.
He further informed that the amount of this special tree pension would increase every year.
Across the world, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day. Over the years humans have abused the environment without even thinking about it for a split second. As a result, global warming has become a reality now, seas and oceans around us have become much warmer resulting in frequent, massive, life-threatening cyclones, icebergs are melting and rivers are drying up mostly because dams and development projects have been constructed mindlessly. In the race for development and comfort, humans forgot about the need to strike the right balance between environment protection and development. Humans forgot that life without an environment is impossible. The dams without water in the rivers would mean nothing.
"Global food production patterns would be fundamentally altered by climate change, causing food insecurity because of small shifts in seasonality and water availability," the World Water Development report released by the United Nations in 2020 said. The report had further stated that land currently used for "wheat cultivation in India, for example, would get more precipitation between 2020 and 2060, under present trends in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions".