The World Environment Day was celebrated at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park on Sunday in presence of Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javdekar. The theme was "go wild for life" which encouraged people to safeguard species under threat.
The unveiling of a short film “Living with leopards" made by Naturalist Sheren Shreshta for 'Mumbaikars for SGNP' initiative of the park that was started by the former SGNP Director Sunil Limaye and Biologist Dr Vidya Athreya got appreciated by many. There was a street play based on the theme World Environment Day by school children, which also received a good response.
Union Minister Prakash Javedkar addressed the gathering which comprised of volunteers, NGOs , media persons. In his speech he appreciated the efforts of all those involved in the making of the short film. He stated that we must make an attempt to change human-wildlife conflict to human-wildlife harmony. He shared the information with the people about the work carried out for conservation of endangered species like vultures.
While discouraging people from the use of wildlife articles so as to demolish animal trade, he set an example by burning confiscated animals article which included rat snake skin 15, cobra snake skin 25, sea horse skeleton.