ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Major Activity

Ten Minutes to Earth

Ten Minutes to Earth is a novel, unique and innovative programme conceptualized and initiated by the Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri. Pawan Chamling during 2009 in which the 25th day of June (10.30 AM to 10.40 AM)  is observed by every citizen of the State as an annual ritual by dedicating ten minutes of their time in plantation, protection and conservation of the mother earth.

The then Governor of Sikkim, Shri. Balmiki Prasad Singh terming the ‘programme as ‘innovative’, has  said - "Ten Minutes to Earth is in the highest traditions of the Indian civilization values. It is a people’s programme where every Sikkimese participate on the same day and at the same time. Through this programme, Sikkim is lighting a lamp for restoration of ecology and may this lamp guide other States of India and world".

The state-wide massive plantation drive is coordinated by the Department of Forests, Environment & Widlife Management, Government of Sikkim. The department provides free seedlings through  distribution booths set up at every forest check posts and several other prime locations. 

 

No. of seedlings planted during Ten Minutes to Earth Programme on 25th of June (2009 to 2017) new

 

 

  Year Districts Year-wise Total
Phase East West North South
1 2009 203740 186039 60465 160450 610694
2 2010 185000 115586 54104 117341 472031
3 2011 64277 21895 9224 18472 113868
4 2012 54255 17305 7541 8232 87333
5 2013 54115 10775 14105 5365 84360
6 2014 50110 6721 2009 6000 64840
7 2015 46169 10094 18340 4416 79019
8 2016 65000 6628 4560 16590 92778
9 2017 3638 1412 12284 3900 21234
  Distrcit-wise Total 726304 376455 182632 340766 1626157

 Figure Source: Territorial Circle, FEWMD, GoS