This year marks the 77th Independence Day of India. As the nation stands tall as a growing economic powerhouse, showcasing remarkable advancements in agriculture, space technology, manufacturing, and establishing world-class educational institutions, India is also now taking a firm stand in combating the defining issue of our times, Climate Change.
Being a peninsular country, India is surrounded by water on three sides. Due to its geographic location, India will bear serious consequences across all aspects of life because of rising temperatures and sea levels. To overcome this daunting challenge, India can turn to the values that fueled our freedom struggle namely, unity, resolve and collective action.
Unity – India’s Climate Action Plan
India’s climate action plan is a call for all of us to be united in combating climate change. India has set ambitious goals to increase its forest cover from the current 25% to an impressive 33% and to restore 26 million hectares of land by the year 2030. Meeting this goal requires a coordinated effort across all levels.
All of us can take small steps towards this goal, whether it is avoiding single-use plastic, using public transport or even planting trees. We all need to pool our resources and knowledge to create a sustainable future for all.
Resolve – Individual Efforts
Having a strong resolve played a key role in helping us win independence. This spirit can be seen in so many eco-warriors in our country.
Jadav “Molai” Payeng, a Padma Shri awardee, also regarded as the ‘Forest Man of India’ transformed Majuli Island in Assam by single-handedly planting a sprawling forest on barren wasteland over 35 years. His remarkable efforts earned him the prestigious Padma Shri award.
Another remarkable individual who has made significant contributions in reforestation efforts is Padma Shri Saalumarada Thimmakka. She holds the endearing title of the ‘Mother of Tree’. She is a 112-year-old environmentalist from Karnataka, who has planted over 8000 trees with the help of her husband. Unable to have children, she found solace in planting trees. Her work garnered global recognition, including the Padma Shri and BBC’s list of influential women, showcasing her dedication to nature and environmentalism. Through her endeavours, she has not only reforested land but also ignited a wave of inspiration, compelling numerous individuals to follow her example.
Collective Action – Working Together
When faced with a gigantic task, there needs to be collective action to create a larger impact. There are various things each of us can participate in to overcome this crisis. One such way is planting trees. Each tree planted represents a direct investment in the well-being of our planet. Trees play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide, purifying the air, and supporting a healthy biodiversity.
Plant Trees Easily with Grow-Trees
At Grow-Trees, we have developed numerous tree plantation projects in an effort to increase India’s green cover. We have also made it easy for everyone to be part of this change through our online tree plantation platform. You will also receive an eTreeCertificate® for the trees you plant. And what’s better, through our Greet with Trees® initiative, you can plant and dedicate the trees for your friends and family with a personalised message.
This Indian Independence Day, plant trees online with Grow-Trees, share an eTreeCertificate® with your friends and family to inspire them, and let’s win this battle.
Along with pledging the national anthem on the 15th of August, let’s sing along to Grow-Trees’ green anthem.