Tarumitra, meaning "Friends of Trees" in Hindi and Sanskrit, is a student movement to protect and promote a healthy environment on Earth. Started by students in Patna, India in 1988, the movement has spread into hundreds of high schools and colleges all over India. It has over 2,00,000 members in over 800 high schools and colleges. Tarumitra has also had several full time volunteers from abroad.

Tarumitra Aims :

  • To spread ecological sensitivity
  • To equip its members with skills in handling local environmental problems
  • To organise campaigns for the preservation of bio-diversity
  • To promote a spirituality and a world view that is earth friendly

Activities :

  • Through its environmental wing Taru Mitra, VJC conducted campaigns against cutting of trees before Holi and use of crackers before Diwali.
  • Rallies were organized on the occasions of World Health Day, Earth Day, Environmental Day, Ozone Day, Water day etc.
  • Students of 10 schools in Varanasi are members of the Taru Mitra eco clubs, which have regular meetings.
  • VJC also organized painting, poetry and essay competitions on environmental issues in various schools.
  • On the eve of Raksha Bandhan, the feast of Rakhi, tying of the love cord between sisters and brothers, the students of various schools tied beautiful large size Rakhis to trees and plants and took resolution to protect trees as their own brothers and sisters. The event was covered by various T.V. Channels.

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