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Join this green wave

City organisations gear up to conduct tree plantations in and around Mumbai to make the most of the monsoon

entertainment Updated: Jun 11, 2011 15:47 IST
Sneha Mahale

The rains are here. And while most Mumbaikars are either worrying about walking on flooded roads or rejoicing the drop in temperatures, a few hope to make the most of this season and help increase the city's green cover. And they are asking everyone else to help out by planting a sapling or two.

Sapling Project Come June 19, and The Sapling Project returns for yet another plantation drive. “With the monsoon here, it makes sense to use this time to plant saplings, as they don’t need much nurturing for the next four months,” says Satish Vijaykumar of The Sapling Project. This time around, the drive takes place in three cities, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune simultaneously.

Local volunteers will stand at designated spots from Shivaji Park to Borivli in Mumbai and approach people with saplings distributed free of cost. Those who want to buy saplings to plant on a later date can to do so for R 20.

“Neem and Ashoka saplings are ideal for our climate and soil. But this time, we are also distributing mango and jackfruit saplings, as we hope that people will take better care of these varieties,” says Vijaykumar. The volunteers will also take down the name and mobile number of all people taking saplings to track the them later. When and where: The drive begins on June 19 at 9 am.

Details of the distribution spots and timings will be available on the website, www.thesaplingproject.com Grow-trees This unique initiative offers individuals and companies worldwide the facility of growing a tree on community and public lands for the price of a conventional greeting card (R 50 a tree). There are triple benefits: you can greet someone on their birthday, anniversary or any special occasion; offset carbon emissions from daily activities; and gift flowers, fruit, fodder and fuel to communities and living creatures.

This project that kicked off a year ago has already seen over 112,000 trees planted already. The project is currently on at Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Kumbhalgarh Sactuary in Rajasthan, Kotra village in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat, the district of Chikkaballapura in Karnataka, near the town of Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh and in the creeks of the holy Dwarka and Harshad temples in Gujarat. And with the monsoon here, the project will see more trees planted at new areas around the country.

Where: Log on to www.grow-trees.com.

Environment Life
If you are someone who wants to do something beyond partying on a Saturday night, then this is your best bet. Environment Life is organising plantation drives every Saturday night in July, from 10 pm to 1 am.

“We know that people have Sundays off, so they are okay with spending time helping out,” says Dharmesh Barai of Environment Life. The group, wgich is an eclectic mix of professionals and college students, works to prevent the cutting down of existing trees, planting new trees and nurturing them.

Their aim is to have at least one tree is planted by each resident of Mumbai, to make it one of the greenest and most environmentally-friendly cities in the world.

This time’s drive will include plantations at Byculla and Matunga. The cost of handling planting of a new tree and its nurturing is approximately R 750 per tree. And you can make voluntary donations in terms of funding equipments, seeds and saplings.

Barai says, “We conduct recces and identify areas where you can plant trees. We then approach the local ward officers and get all necessary permissions to plant them.” At the end, volunteers are given T-shirts as souvenirs.

When and where: Email ev.life@yahoo.com or call 97732 74296.