ONE TREE REVOLUTION by Dr. Usha Desai
Updated: Nov 28, 2019
The more the trees, the cleaner the air would be. But the prevailing trend is to cut down trees in the name of development. The act of cutting trees is tantamount to the act of butchering the environment. Deforestation has been taking place on a large scale in our country. It has been one of the chief causative factors for the worse climate change on earth, which has already affected the human population. At the same time, fire is consuming thousands of hectares of forest area, reducing everything to mere ashes posing danger to tribes and wildlife. Thinning forests have a very bad impact on on the quantity of rains leading to water shortage and extra flush of summer heat.
Recognizing the same, countries across the globe have been launching various programmes to protect and preserve forests and natural habitats and also encourage planting trees.
To save our planet earth from becoming dry and barren, we should plant trees. Planting trees in our neighbourhood really are one of the best things we can do for the local environment in particular and for the planet in general. It is no secret that trees help maintain a healthy environment. One may be surprised by all the benefits that planting trees can provide. Besides producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air, trees have many other social, economic and environmental benefits. Forestation prevents soil erosion and preserve soil fertility. Trees are like the the lungs of our planet. They provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. Forestation also helps reduce ozone levels. It keeps the climate cool and comforting.
There is no life for human beings without trees. Trees not only make us feel better, but also help improve our mental and physical health.
Taking all these benefits into account, we have decided to inspire our people to plant a tree each. It should be a passion for every individual to plant a tree in his/her surroundings or in the area earmarked for that. We have our own plans to have the planted tree nurtured for a couple of years after planting: either the planter should take care of it or meet the expenses of caretaking by some appointed caretaker. The ultimate thing is that we should grow forests with plenty to save our Mother Earth.
Anyway, We do not want to restrict our ‘One Tree Revolution” to one particular date as celebration day. Rather than initiating the forestation activity in a mass or on a specific day, we shall motivate every individual to plant at least one tree and take care of it. When everyone plants a tree each, it would collectively contribute to the success of forestation. This is a continuous process. We will also request the public to dedicate one per cent of their land for forestation.