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Around the nation for a green cause

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 30, 2012
First Published: 19:18 IST(30/10/2012) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(31/10/2012)

Two youngsters, four months, 28 cities, seven union territories and one mission — plant trees. Mumbai-based Hari Chakyar, 26, and Anthony Karbhari, 24, have started a one of its kind project called Project 35 Trees — a whimsical plan to paint India green. The aim of the effort is to educate the country’s youth about making it a greener place. Their last stop was Delhi.

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Started this month, the project travels along with the duo all across the country and spreads the message through screening of documentaries, sapling plantation and discussions. “I started planting trees about three years ago. Some of them are taller than me today and I feel like a proud daddy,” says Chakyar, who works as a content writer with an advertising firm and is on a sabbatical for the project.

The project is crowd funded and they manage accommodation at places of friends or their friends. “We wanted to do something that no one has done. I know the idea is a bit crazy, but this is for a cause and we don’t mind travelling so much for it,” says Karbhari, a filmmaker by profession. He is also shooting the sessions across various cities and plans to make a documentary at the end of it.

So how about the support from their families? “Well, my parents are quite supportive; Hari’s family was a little unsure in the beginning, but now, they are all cool with the idea,” says Karbhari.

The two have travelled to Mumbai, Daman, Silvassa, Surat, Indore, Kota, Agra, and are going to Amritsar next. “We have been going to various colleges and are talking to students.” The two operate through their Facebook page: Facebook.com/35trees.


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