When you plant a tree, you are not only planting a sapling but also hoping for the best. We have learned the hard way that trees are critical to our survival. We began by deforesting the earth to make room for more buildings. Later, when we saw the environment deteriorating, we were introduced to “afforestation,” a simple process of planting more trees for a better future.
Trees are essentially human and other living organisms’ livestock. They have unconditionally provided us with food, oxygen, and a variety of other necessities for human survival, such as shelter, medicines, tools, and so on.
Despite their rich values and importance, trees are still not properly cared for. They are cut down, eradicating all forms of life in the surrounding area.
However, the relevance and importance of planting trees have only grown with each passing day. More trees must be planted as a collective effort by all of humanity to save our ailing planet.
As a result, we have our global Tree Plantation Day, which is observed on March 21st all over the world. The purpose of observing the said day is to make people aware of the importance of planting trees and to assist them in doing so. Planting saplings to invest in the future is a common practice on tree plantation days.
Deforestation has resulted in devastating floods and landslides. The significance of “tree plantation” can also be emphasized for forest conservation and wildlife protection. Wild animals are facing a scarcity of inhabitable forest areas as lands are cleared for farming and industrial purposes.
Because urban areas lack trees, they suffer from severe problems such as smog and polluted air. The “Tree Plantation” becomes a long-term solution to such problems. Vehicle exhaust, wood and coal combustion, factories and industries all emit hazardous pollutants and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The Indian government is allocating funds through the Compensatory afforestation fund management and planning account (CAMPA) to carry out such massive “tree plantation” campaigns in both urban and rural areas. State governments are also taking extensive measures to improve forest and tree coverage. The Maharashtra government entered the coveted Limca Book of Records by conducting a massive “tree plantation” with the help of citizens and various Non-Governmental Organizations, planting 2.82 crore trees in a single day.
Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in India are taking proactive steps to encourage ordinary people to participate in “tree plantation” programmes and to raise awareness about the importance of tree plantation in combating climate change. Green Yatra, a Maharashtra-based organisation founded by Mr Pradeep Tripathi, has launched a programme called ‘Go Green Kids,’ which provides free saplings to schools in both rural and urban areas of the state.
Our planet’s ecological system is a shared responsibility of all citizens. The “importance of tree plantation” is becoming more apparent as we observe the deterioration of the forests and the ecosystem. The Indian government and various non-governmental organisations are working to raise awareness about climate change and other environmental issues. Massive “tree plantation” programmes must be implemented to address the current ecological issues.