This is a project report on Tree Plantation campaign carried out during the month of October 2015. The project campaign name is “Tree Plantation” implemented by YOUTH SERVICES FOR PEACE in Pandukeshwar Village of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand with the Villagers and school students. The place from where tree seedlings were obtained is Karyalye Upwan Sanrakshak Nanda Devi Rastriye Park Joshimath. The tree planting campaign was carried by the team members of YSP staff, Students of Rajkiya Inter collage and with our Honourable YSP President Mrs. Sapan K.C.
The tree planting Campaign held on 3rd October 2015 in a Pandukeshwar Village of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand where a total no. of 15 saplings were planted with Villagers and school students.
DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:
Working towards the noble cause, the team of YOUTH SERVICES FOR PEACE organised a Tree Plantation Drive on 3rd October 2015 to aware the Youth of our society about the necessity of Saving the Trees. The campaign was conducted in Pandukeshwar village of Chamoli district with an honourable YSP president Mrs. Sapan K.C. from 10 am to 2pm.
The campaign was started with a small interaction with the Villagers and students, explaining why and for what motive we were there. We taught them the importance of tree plantation and how to help and nurture their growth. After the interaction we took students outside to plant a tree. There was a smile on everyone’s face as their hands dug the soil from ground to plant the saplings. Students enjoyed it very much and showed eager to do much more.There were also many villagers who planted the saplings and enjoyed it. This activity is done in a playful manner was meant to be an important lesson for those young minds. Since they are the future of India, they have to know the importance of environment and Tress for sustainable living. Along with the activity, knowledge about Green environment was also shared. The Villagers also took part enthusiastically.
The various varieties of trees planted are of following category i.e. some flowering, some fruit bearing like Deodar, Surai, Cheed etc. depending on weather conditions and soil moisture.
Approx 15 trees were planted. We know that the no. is small enough, but we ensure that it’s only a beginning. We are not going to end this campaign till we do not achieve our goal.
Prior to each plantation activity, students were briefed about the significance of native trees, how to plant them and their after care. Students were made aware about the benefits, uses and feature of tree that is going to be planted.
YSP President Mrs. Sapan k.c. said that we are in Delhi that doesn’t mean we can’t protect trees planted by us. She teaches students and volunteer about the importance to preserve them. She assured all help to the villagers if they will carry out the plantation programme in future. She hopes that, the Students will take care of these trees and plant many more in the upcoming year.
Planting one tree means gifting a few more breaths free from toxic to our loved ones. The Tree Plantation Campaign dedicates the urgent need to save these precious trees. If we once lost it, we can never get it back by money. Our tree plantation program works toward communicating this very idea to the masses.
Using a distinct socio- cultural tools, like poster exhibitions, lectures, Banners, we aware the masses on scientific, social, cultural and spiritual importance of trees. And then we train them in the art of planting and caring for trees.
Our campaign is a response to the Challenges against Climate Change. We strongly encourage the planting of indigenous trees and plants that are appropriate to the local environment.
Trees are important, necessary and valuable to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. Our need for trees is more than ever. We identified this problem and thereby, decided to conduct a plantation drive each year. Our event served the dual purpose of education and entertainment for the villagers and students besides also contributing to the welfare of nature.
As we said earlier that we are not going to stop here. We will continue our work to save precious trees.
THE RESPONSE WE GET:
A good number of people were interested in tree planting as a way to restore and improve the environment since they are aware of the negative impacts of environmental destruction through loss of trees and vegetation cover. People came forward with us for a good deed towards Mother Nature and mankind. They also planted trees under supervision of their teachers and members of our organisation.
CURRENT SITUATION OF FOREST COVER
According to the Hindustan Times, India may have lost close to 10.6 million hectares in just 14 years, from 1999 to 2013. India has lost original forests 70 times Delhi’s area in just 14 years.
It has been clear that, if the de-forestation takes place in the same pace, then our country will lose the rest forest trees and the wildlife shortly. There would not be any forest left out for our future generations. This implies that there will be accute short of Oxygen or Oxygen with im-purites which will anyhow lead to "Short life" for the human beings in future. India is losing its forests and harming the natural habitats of the animals. The national forest policy of India, 1952 aimed at bringing one third of the landmass of the country under forest cover. India’s forest cover has decreased by 367 sq km in the last two years with the maximum amount of forest cover disappearing from the northeast states and Andhra Pradesh. According to the Forest Survey of India (FSI) report 2011 a total of 867 sq km was lost in 12 states and union territories (mainly the northeast).
NEED FOR ACTION:
It is a matter of real concern that we are killing the best source of clean air available to us free of cost, without realising its impacts.
Global warming is another burning issue and it is the result of excess greenhouse gases, created by burning fossil fuels and destroying tropical rainforests. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas and trees make great filters of carbon dioxide. Benefits of trees range from goods and services linked with water supplies, stabilization of soils, purifying the air we breathe, sustaining biodiversity, tourism, providing genetic resources and natural medicines. Therefore, social forestry should be undertaken on a large scale in rural landscape as well as urban milieu. It is time to reverse these trends and restore the balance of the ecosystem.