The Birds Club International (BCI), an organisation founded by noted filmmaker Jayaraj, is offering support for schools, colleges and common people to create raingroves or mini forests on the campuses or public spaces all over Kerala. The initiative, being implemented in cooperation with the Social Forestry wing of the Kerala Forest Department, has been named ‘Mazhathuruthu.’
According to the organisers of the project, afforestation is imperative to secure the future of coming generations. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that the health of human beings and that of the environment are closely related. To an extent, the project would also help tackle issues related to climate change, they added.
The project was launched at a function where attendees adhered to all COVID-19 protocols. Students and the general public can take part in the afforestation initiative, which recognizes that creating a mini-forest would be more beneficial to nature than planting a single tree.
Students and others having a genuine interest in growing a mini forest on their house premises or public areas can seek the guidance of BCI.
The state-level inauguration of the project was carried out by BCI founder Jayaraj at Excelsior English School, Kottayam. In Pathanamthitta, the initiative was launched by state coordinator Dr Abhilash R at Ullannur. Meanwhile, Palakkad zone coordinator Kavya H Das inaugurated Mazhathuruthu at Appeppuram Anganwady, Ottapalam.