"Nothing but trees" …

This quote by Robert Liparulo is in itself self-explanatory, calling the attention of people to the pivotal role trees play, and their indispensable contribution towards sustenance of life on Earth. However, today we live in times where globally trees are bearing the brunt of human ignorance and greed. Revival of trees is our important chance to restore the health of the planet.

Revealing the important linkage which tree plantation holds in overall nature conservation context, His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji often states, “The traditional act of planting and worshipping trees rooted in Indian culture, beheld the psycho- scientific approach of our seers who proposed such acts to maintain and strengthen the bond of care, protection and harmony between human and nature. They knew that what is worshipped will not be plundered, thus maintaining the environmental balance”. Upholding the fact, Sanrakshan Van Mahotsav initiative celebrated annually during rainy season across the country, is an effort to revive the same bond of mutualism between man and nature for the overall protection and conservation of nature.

Under the same banner, this year, MEMR Chandigarh Chapter sensitized and engaged Chandigarh Public Associations and signatories of MEMR People’s Convention for Steering Chandigarh towards being a model of Environmentally Responsible Society in India, in a special tree plantation spree. Though in itself a very green city, this special drive aimed at generating a sense of responsibility amongst locals towards environment as well as pro-actively engaging them in maintaining and enriching green spaces of the city.

During the preparatory phase of the spree, the dedicated team of DJJS Nature Conservators, youth disciples of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji surveyed the city to identify areas and parks, which demanded revival or enrichment of green areas. Based on this need analysis in the following days rigorous tree plantation drive was undertaken across sectors namely 37, 38, 44, 47 etc. 

The drive was unique in the fact that though it was planned by DJJS Chandigarh, it was realised by the pro-active engagement of Public Association members of MEMR Chandigarh Chapter in their respective sectors.

City Mayor, Mr. Arun Sood, an eminent signatory to MEMR People’s Convention himself took out special time to participate and ward off his responsibility towards greening the city.

In addition to tree plantation events, thousands of residents were sensitized towards their environmental responsibility through nukkad nataks, lectures, and one-on-one counselling and specially designed handouts.

Young My Earth My Responsibility nature conservators motivated several towards tree plantation. MEMR Chandigarh chapter was launched in December 2015 with the aim of steering Chandigarh towards being a model of environmentally responsible society in India. Since then the reach of the campaign is increasing day by day. Through various initiatives like street play, tree plantation, workshops and consultation, MEMR nature conservators are working on rebuilding human-nature relationship and empowering stakeholders to shoulder their environmental responsibility.

. Talking about the scientific view on tree plantation, he explained that people of areas with low forest cover are more prone to lungs and skin-related diseases. He stressed on observing at least one day of the month as tree plantation day, talking about how trees absorb the poisonous carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide fresh oxygen.

Young My Earth My Responsibility nature conservators motivated several towards tree plantation. MEMR Chandigarh chapter was launch in December 2015 with the aim of steering Chandigarh towards being a model of environmentally responsible society in India. Since then the reach of the campaign is increasing day by day. Through various initiatives like street play, tree plantation, workshops and consultation, MEMR nature conservators are working on rebuilding human-nature relationship and empowering stakeholders to shoulder their environmental responsibility.

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