How many of you have planted a sapling?
Inspite of knowing the benefits of trees and the current condition of the pollution level “Why are we so ignorant?”
Isn’t it our duty to look after our planet ? What makes us so selfish to only think about ourselves and jeopardize our future generation’s basic needs?
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”― Warren Buffett
You don’t need to own a humongous lawn in order to plant a sapling. We all have balconies and some of us are even blessed with a small lawn or garden. We can easily keep small pots of flowers or plants like aloe vera. This can never be a bad idea. In fact there are many indoor plants like Lavender and Pothos that can survive under the right conditions. These plants may make you feel less stressed. According to a famous NASA study 1989 these plants have the ability to even reduce indoor air pollutants.
Basil is one of the herbs that can be grown in the kitchen, basil leaves can be pretty useful in the kitchen. The Aluminium plant is another plant that can be kept in the kitchen without much care. Money plants can be grown in water bottles or glass jar using plain tap water without any chemical or fertilizer. If all of us pledge to plant one sapling per head then we will be doing a bit for the environment.
There are many public planting campaigns which are organised in order to plant saplings near school buildings, public gardens and open spaces. Personal contribution to such campaigns is a must because together we can make a difference. The residential complex and apartments can make use of the terrace they possess by unanimously coming forward to contribute for pots and saplings and place sapling pots all around the walls of the terrace boundary. Just think about the number of plants that will grow if all the buildings will implement this.
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”― Kahlil Gebran
The aesthetic beauty of plants, their bright flowers, their autumn leaves and their spring scent relives us in many ways. Many famous poets and writers have written about the beauty of plants and have admitted that trees have mesmerized them enough to help release stress.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”― William Shakespeare
India celebrates Van Mahotsav, an annual one week tree planting festival to raise awareness among masses about the importance of the trees, their conservation and keeping. It was initiated in the year 1950 by K. M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Agriculture and Food to create awareness and keenness in the minds of people for the conservation of forests.
Immediate reporting shall be done in case you see trees being cut down. In most of the cases public apathy is the root cause of cutting down trees.
‘Protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wildlife. The State shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country’ Article 48A, The Constitution Of India
So this Van Mahotsav let’s pledge to perform our duty as a citizen of India and plant one sapling and safeguard it.
I have planted my sapling, have you ?
“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.”― Wangari Maathai