8 Amazing Afforestation Efforts That Are Saving Our Earth By Turning It Green
There is no denying the fact that development is the need of the hour but we also need to keep a check on the deforestation that is taking place at a huge scale in the name of development. We should remind ourselves that we are not alone on this planet Earth and other species also have equal right on the resources of the planet. The deforestation has caused extinction of many species of animals, birds, etc, while some of them are on the verge of going extinct.
However, the good thing is that there are some people who are leaving no stone unturned in making this planet suitable for all living beings by planting trees and increasing the forest area.
1Piplantri – Afforestation while honoring girl child
Piplantri village which is situated in the Indian state of Rajasthan is making news for all the good reasons. Just like the other parts of the country, female feticide was pretty common here as well but then the former village head, Shyam Sunder Paliwal brought a revolutionary change in the village. Shyam who lost his daughter a few years back started a campaign in 2006-07 in which he convinced the people of village that if a girl is born in their house, then 111 trees will be planted by the parents, family and the relatives.
Source of Income as well:
Shyam made them understand that these trees will take care of the expenses of education and wedding of their daughter once she becomes a major (above 18 yrs of age). He started many other schemes as well and eventually it has resulted in planting of 3 lakh trees of mango, amla (Indian gooseberry, neem (Indian lilac) and sheesham (North Indian rosewood). In order to save these trees from insects and termites, 2.5 million plants of aloe vera were also planted which are now a great source of income of many families of the village.
2Story of a Brazilian photojournalist who revived the Brazilian forest:
It was 1994 when the Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado decided to return to his homeland to find some peace as he was quite disturbed after covering the after-effects of the genocides in Rwanda. However, he got the shock of his lifetime when he returned home as the lush forests had turned into barren land.
His wife gave a wonderful idea:
When Salgado was in a state of shock and utter disbelief, his wife Leila came up with a wonderful idea of replanting the forest. At first, it sounded impossible as it was not a small piece of land but then they both decided to work on it and the land which was used to be barren at one time is now transformed into a 1,754-acre forest.