For a greener Bangalore

“The merits gained by planting trees for the benefit of others last forever.”
-Buddha

The quote may be a couple of centuries old but is pretty timeless, really. And nobody can dispute the fact – in the face of climate change being experienced across the globe – that planting more trees to save the environment is assuming life or death proportions for our fragile planet. And so it was that after reading this post on Rajanet Yegneswaran Charitable Trust, I decided to call Mrs. Janet, the trustee, over to our lane to plant some trees.

True to her trust’s goals, she quickly lapped up the opportunity going so far as to ask me what kind of trees that I would like. Me, I had no hesitation asking her for 4 ‘Akasha Mallige’s’ that Deepa has written about 2 days ago besides other trees.

So here are some pics from ‘Operation Planting Trees’.

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Here’s the ‘Akasha Mallige’ that I’m particularly looking forward to give special care and attention.
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To give the sapling a better chance at survival, we decided to give it some protection by wrapping it with branches of a thorny bush.
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If there’s one activity that children are totally enthu about, its to plant trees! They will go to any lengths or depths, er, mostly knee deep to dig in, shovel out, pat down, clear out and dunk water! Look at these kids in the following pic and others that Mrs. Janet sent across:
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The trust is looking for corporates to sponsor tree guards. Please contact the indefatigable Mrs. Janet on 98-454-49703 should you or others you know wish to help out.

6 Comments so far

  1. anita (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

    this is awesome ravi – it made my day! kudos to you for taking the initiative and acting on it! i do hope more people do it for their lanes, roads and localities. and janet really deserves support for the work she’s doing. it’s also a great idea to get the kids involved!


  2. Lokesh (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Good Job Ravi. Guess I could use this info as well.


  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    awesome and then some more!!!


  4. Pisipati Sriram (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 10:04 am

    The efforts by green enthusiasts and even orinary people for a Greener Bangalore deserve all praise.

    Their interest and enthusiasm should serve as an example to people in other cities and towns. Though climate plays a crucial role in raising plants and maintaining them, the important fact is locals must have green consciousness and an eye and mind to appreciate greenery in all its beauty. And a basic awareness of the invaluable contribution of plant life to the very survival of life on the planet earth.

    Support by civic bodies particularly garden/horticulture depts in municipalities and corporations is equally important in helping and guiding those interested in having green belts.

    May I quote one instance from my peronal experience. We used to maintain a small stretch of green belt in front of our 75-yr old house in Vijayawada in late 80s. We used to clean the ground, raise different flower-bearing plants by watering, maintaining and nurturing them, including a beautiful hedge with curbstones. For nearly ten to 15 years we maintained it till we moved out of the city. Many times, the drainage dept used to dig the beautiful stretch, even though there was no necessity. Residents in the area who cannot raise their finger against small killy shops abutting compound walls and vehicles parked indiscriminately on roads, tea shops virtually on streets, used to complain against the greenery, sayig that it was traffic hurdle. How I don’t know even today. That we had to convince municipal authorities that greenery supports life and in no way is a traffic obstruction is a different matter. The municipal commissioner himself appreciated such greening efforts, first of its kind in the area, Suryaraopet, where our house is located. Today with many hospitals, tea shops, scrap dealers who do business on roads, the whole area stinks – with remnants of gree belt remaining intact.

    A once beautiful, eue-pleasing green stretch is reduced to a rubble patch with people keeping vehicles, urinating and throwing litter everywhere and anywhere. The whole area stinks and the once neat area presents a sick look.

    Hence the need to educate illiterate and semi-educated people and officials in municipal and town administration. So long as people remain illiterates, it is difficult to achieve green goals, if not impossible.

    What can you expect from people who spit on plants, throw cigarett and panparag cartons, pluck leaves and flowers?

    Nothing but drastic green laws and their implementation and vigorous awareness programmes are the need of the hour.


  5. Ravi (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    Thanks all for your reading & comments! Please pass the word around – the Trust / Mrs. Janet need your encouragement & support!


  6. Murali (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    I was shocked on Monday morning when i saw 2 trees chopped down in Cunningham Road near Hotel Eden Park. Just to place an Advertisement board, they have chopped 2 trees on the road side. I like some organization to take action on these people. They have done this on last sunday night



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