Or actually not ! Though we in India may be reeling under the onslaught of heavy rainfall today, in just a few days the rains will soon be a memory from the past, and we will be looking forward to the next monsoons to revive the parched earth of the subcontinent. Such be the fate of the Indian people, living through every year dependent on the vagaries of a perfidious monsoon since the past five thousand years.
We need rainfall, and we need better civic infrastructure for sure! We need roads with drainage and traffic systems that work in the monsoon too. Well, this post is not about rainfall or the civic system…..
During the rainy season, its the best time to be planting tree saplings, so that we may have trees in the future to green the planet for our future generations….
Schools today are encouraging their students to connect with nature. http://greenwave.cbd.int/en/home “Each one, plant one” is no doubt a good idea, however we need to be thinking out of the box to bring about a paradigm shift in our environment.
I recommend that though ordinary tree plantation is good, it might be better to go about it in an organized manner and undertake community plantation…. Check out the Miyawaki method http://bengaluru.citizenmatters.in/how-to-make-mini-forest-miyawaki-method-34867
Govts across India are supporting tree plantation, interested individuals may contact their nearest Forest Officer
Do mass tree plantation drives work? Maybe yes /Maybe No ? Its your call….. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/forests/the-logic-of-mass-tree-plantations-63861
Some responsible corporates are undertaking innovative ventures where you can sign up for a tree to be planted on your behalf…. check out http://tplgreenthumb.com/
We had the pleasure of visiting a Larsen & Toubro factory site, where the visionary management team has tried out the Miyawaki technique successfully. An enthusiastic team of engineers took it on as a hobby, and transformed the campus into a green paradise. Its easy to do, easy to maintain and the results are evident.
I will suggest and strongly recommend that interested folks who fancy having green thumbs should try to explore the Miyawaki technique at a community level.
Lets green the earth, and hope for more rainfall, regularly , rather than in deluges. And as we cannot do much about the rainfall other than pray, lets do something about the trees which we all can plant.