If this planet is to be saved, more trees have to be planted…
Trees are friends of environment because trees protect and heal the environment in numerous ways. Trees are also friends of mankind since they purify air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen in return.
Tree roots prevent soil erosion by ensuring that valuable top soil is not washed away during monsoon. Fruit bearing trees are vitally important for some rural economies e.g. Mango orchards of Ratnagiri and Apple orchards of Himachal Pradesh.
Vagaries of summer are not felt as intensely in buildings whose compounds are shaded by trees. Aesthetically too trees give a pleasant feeling of well-being and contentment.
Plant a tree sapling, gift a tree or adopt a tree!
Organisations and groups in India’s metros conduct periodic drives during which they distribute tree saplings free of cost or at a nominal cost per sapling. Their only expectation is that the saplings would be planted, watered and looked after by you for at least 2 years after which the saplings grow on their own. Ideally saplings should be planted prior to monsoon since they do not need much care during monsoon.
Other organizations offer schemes to gift a tree, wherein for a nominal sum per tree, the donor can gift a tree on behalf of a relative or a deceased person. The organizations plant saplings on public or community lands and nurture the plants until they grow into trees. WWF’s ‘Adopt a Tree’ campaign involves planting of saplings supplied by WWF and taking care of them.
International Day of Forests is celebrated on March 21 every year. Resources section below lists out various organizations that are active in planting tree saplings.