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India gets greener with planting initiatives: World Environment Day

Despite the havoc that COVID-19 has wrecked upon the country and the world, several “green” initiatives taken on the World Environment Day... #WorldEnvironmentDayobserved

Bhopal: Despite the havoc that COVID-19 has wrecked upon the country and the world, several “green” initiatives planned for World Environment Day 2020 will leave a positive mark.

On the World Environment Day, United States-based reforestation non-profit organisation One Tree Planted (OTP), in association with social enterprise Sustainable Green Initiative (SGI), started its planting drive across India. A total of 500,000 fruit trees will be planted in several parts of India this monsoon season.

In the coming two years, these trees will sequester 2500 tonnes of carbon, and will provide fruits and fodder to the villagers. Depending on the geography, the saplings will include Guava, Lemon, Pomegranate, Gooseberry, Jackfruit and Mango.

“These are tough times but we need to keep working towards a better, cleaner, safer future,” said Matt Hill, Founder, One Tree Planted, adding how there was a direct connection between our physical and mental health, and greenery.

Raj Mohan, Founder, Sustainable Green Initiative, said, “We will help maintain these saplings for a period of one year to ensure maximum survival rate and encourage the villagers to adopt organic fertilisers and pesticides for the same.”

One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Its reforestation projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife.

Each project focus is different, and many have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. By focusing on collaborative sustainability from the ground up, they hope to make a lasting and positive difference for the planet.

Sustainable Green Initiative (SGI) was set up as a social enterprise in 2013 with the objective of planting mostly fruit trees to fight hunger, poverty, and climate change.

SGI distributes, plants, and maintains fruit tree saplings for one-three years in community lands, homesteads of marginal farmers, government schools and campuses, orphanages, old-age homes etc.

SGI’s planting activities address seven of the 17 SDGs set by the UN. The organization has planted more than 15,00,000 trees since its inception in eight states across India.

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