Have you lived in Pune for a while? or Do you have friends and family who have stayed here for quite some time? Do you miss the old charm of Pune?
If yes, you would know that Pune used to be a very different city than it is today. Rather, it was altogether a different place a decade ago!
Temperature was nominal, pleasant weather was usual, greenery surrounded the city at every nook and corner and finally, there was hardly any water problem. As time passed by, temperature soared and so did the water problems.
But, what happened? What changed in this city? Why did the weather change suddenly and people started facing water scarcity on regular basis?
Well, there are quite a lot of reasons for it but mainly, it can be attributed to the excessive loss of forest cover in Pune and the surrounding areas in Maharashtra.
The western ghats have been tampered with. The hills are blasted to construct residential and commercial complex. Deforestation is increasing at a deadly rate.
Don’t believe us? You can surely believe the articles published by leading newspapers of India.
The idea of planting a million trees came from New York’s success in planting them. But, again, the obvious benefits of planting trees - improved air quality, provide shade, control temperatures, hold groundwater, handle pollution levels, offset climate change, reduce stress etc - were another driving force to take this up.
While planting a million trees sounds a lot to some,
According to Independent UK, about 1.5 million people were involved in the huge plantation campaign, in which saplings were placed along the Narmada river in the state of Madhya Pradesh throughout the day.
After reading this, our goal to plant a million trees by the year end seems SO small. Isn’t it?
In a news article by Hindustan Times, Maharashtra was ranked fourth in India for maximum forest land diverted, with 40 proposals sanctioned over three years. The data was submitted by Mahesh Sharma, minister of state, Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change to the Lok Sabha last week
Not only this, a staggering 400 hectares, of forest have been wiped off the map of Maharashtra in two years (2007-2011), raising eyebrows about conservation strategies adopted by forest and environment authorities. The loss of forest cover purportedly due to human actions such as illegal tree felling, drilling into mountains, creating settlements or farming is bound to have an impact on biodiversity conservation and carbon accounting, experts said.
Do we realize the long term repercussions for this?
Some do and still ignore. Some don’t pay attention to it at all.
To name a few, deforestation can result
And, that is just a beginning of the list of repercussions!
Look at a few headlines from newspapers
Colombia’s supreme court orders government to stop Amazon deforestation
This is reality!
And, it’s time we all wake up and do something about it.
There is deforestation everywhere. We should protest and fight the Government to change rules protecting forests and natural resources but that takes a lot of time in a country like India.
If you can start a plantation drive alongside, we can save our future. All we need to do is plant as many trees wherever and whenever possible.
Plant more trees. Adopt trees. Maintain trees.
Let’s come together and start this plantation drive. After all, it is about the future of our children.
Don’t you want to provide them with a sustainable living? Or are you ok with the thought that they won’t have clean air, no forest cover and attacked by nature's fury time and again.
Remember, planting trees in your surrounding has several benefits - pure air, shade, controlled pollution and dust etc.
Gather people in your colony, office, school etc and discuss possible places to plant a tree. Join us in the mission to plant a million trees in 2018.
Anyone and everyone!
We want to plant a million trees by the end of 2018 and for that, we need support from as many people as possible including
We don’t want you to be a dormant part of this mission. We need commitment from all of you and drive to achieve this goal!
5th June 2018, on the World Environment Day.
Always select native or indigenous varities.
Some of the native trees include Ain, Amba, Badam, Chinch, Gulmohar, Jamun, Karanj, Neem, Peepal, Wad, Bamboo, Anjan, Arjun, Beheda, Bel, Bor, Sitaphal (custard apple), Fanas, Gulvel, Hirda, Kavat, Khair, Kanchan, Naral, Nilgiri, Teak, Cashew etc
Why do we say this?
Because non native plants can act as invaders in an established ecosystem. These plants have the capability to crowd out and choke native species, deprive them of light and nutrients, upset the balance of the native flora.
This campaign encourages plantation of ONLY indigenous species that are appropriate for local environment.
The objective of Planting a Million Tree is to bring community, organizations, business, industry, corporates, civil societies and government together to collectively plant at least one million trees in 2018.