Bagha (Bihar): As the world celebrates World Environment Day on Sunday, a man in West Champaran district of Bihar has vowed to remain a bachelor for life and take care of his 35,000 kids- the trees planted by him to keep the environment clean.

“Currently I am taking care of 35,000 children, but I want to father one lakh children,” said 30-year-old Gajendra Yadav who is an environmentalist and resides in Pipra village of West Champaran.

 “I for the first time heard about global warming on radio five years back and thus decided to do something to conserve the nature,” Yadav said while sharing about his inspiration. “For the same reason I decided not to marry and pledged to remain single my entire life,” he added.

To support the cause, he first planted some trees on his little owned piece of land. Till now he has planted at least 35000 trees surrounding his home district.

The villagers also support his drive by taking care of the trees planted by him as he supervises them.

People from far off areas invite him to plant the trees as they feel that the trees planted by him never die. During meetings he always appeals to people to plant more trees to save mother-nature.

He has inspired several people to plant more trees. His brothers Ravindra Yadav and Chanda Yadav believe that their brother is part of a noble cause.

Bagha’s Sub Divisional Magistrate Rajeev Kumar Singh has also assured him of all sorts of help. District’s MLA Prabhat Singh has also come forward to support Gajendra Yadav.

Software to assess environment pollution

Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board has developed new software to assess the pollution created by industries in the state.

The software has been named Narmada XJN i.e. Extended Green Nod and the facility will be handed over to the people on Sunday by the state government during a public function.

The software will help monitor pollution created by industries in the state. It will also act as a barometer for the government to finally approve the upcoming industrial projects in the state.

India hosts 2011 World Environment Day

India will host this year's World Environment Day on Sunday and the government has announced that the country will continue to play a very important role in defining the terms of environmental debate at the global level.

Each year a different country is chosen as the principal venue for the global celebration of World Environment Day which falls on June 5 and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has selected India as the global host of this year's programme.

The theme of this year’s celebration is "Forests: Nature at Your Service", which highlights the crucial environmental and economic roles played by the forests, particularly in India.

"The message is largely to the international community that India is willing and determined to play and is playing a very important role in defining the terms of environmental debate," Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in his message to the world on the occasion.

JPN/Bureau