The climate changes rapidly on our planet due to our interfering with the laws of nature. As a result of that in December 2015 the Paris Climate Conference was held where India had announced its plan to make India green again. This plan would involve massive reforestation in India having a set plan of increasing the forest area to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by the year of 2030.
India is the world’s third largest generator of carbon emissions, but according to the India Prime Minister Narendra Modi “the protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith”.
The reforestation plan was initiated in 2016, in the state of Uttar Pradesh’s where nearly 1 million participants planted 50 million trees in 24 hours thus setting the Guinness World Record of Reforestation. India is investing $6.2 billion in the reforestation process making India greener and raising the awareness of the importance of this project.
In 2017, a new reforestation project was set up in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh which involved 1.5 million volunteers who managed to plant more than 66 million tree saplings in just 12 hours along the Narmada River. The planning was done by the government which members chose 24 districts of the Narmada river basin as planting sites in order to elevate the saplings’ chances of survival.
The volunteers were so successful that in the period of 7 am to 7 pm had planted 66.3 million saplings. The state’s chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan described this event as an “historic day”. The volunteers were not only young people, but as well as seniors and children and in joined efforts all of them planted over 20 different species of trees. The chief minister reported that they have decided to plant on a catchment area as Narmada banks would not be able to accommodate so many trees.
The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, congratulated this state in India and reported this was a real step against the global warming and climate change. Here it what the government officials tweeted: “By planting trees we are not only serving Madhya Pradesh but the world at large.”
In an official press release, the public was informed of the great success of the reforestation of the people of Madhya Pradesh who planted 66.3 million saplings in a day. The chief minster thanked the volunteers for their efforts believing that they are not futile as in this way they helped in saving and protecting the environment and contributing to climate change initiatives.
This project was followed by other states in India as well like the Kerala sate where more than 10 million trees were planted in 24 hours. The Maharashtra reforestation campaign involved planting 40 million trees. Both leaders of these states consider this project as a great move of their government as the presence of trees will improve the air quality which is very important because 6 of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India. In addition to this, the project for greener India will help reverse the damaging effects of climate change.
The condition of the trees is being monitored even after the actual reforestation. The trees are being checked if they thrive properly and if not a needed assistance is offered like proper watering and maintenance.
Although there is massive reforestation going on in India the cutting of the woods still continues in other parts of the world thus endangering the ecosystems of our planet. These woods have been cut off to produce more farmland for a higher crop production, and because of that almost 15 billion trees are being cut off every year which in turn contributes to the climate change.
As per the findings of the UN, deforestation and forest degradation make up 17% of the world’s carbon emissions. Hence, we need to do our best in order to restore the green areas of our planet, and because of that each one of us should plant a tree so that we have a better air and life on our planet.