“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” - Lucy Larcom
Students from six schools, renowned tree experts, data sheets, flooded lanes and counting/describing tree species is what summed up the pilot of ‘Tree Revival Campaign’ that we jointly organized with Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation at the Stanislaus premises, Bandra on the 12th of July, 2013 from 9.30 to 11.30 am.
The tree experts, who included the likes of Dr.Latoo, Rishi Agarwal, Katie Bagli, Renee Vyas and Hemanth Tripathi gave us an insight into the trees of our city and about how the students held the key to creating a greener future for the city.
The overall aim of the campaign was to make the students and ALMs aware of the trees in their locality and to identify the potential tree plantation sites within city limits for the future. As Dr. Latoo justifiably said, “We wouldn't care or protect something that we don’t know about”.
The programme began with Sonal Alvares from Ekonnect introducing the campaign, the approach and its objectives. Next, Rishi Agarwal, environmentalist and Fellow at ORF spoke about the the importance of not just planting trees, but also of taking care of the existing ones that are present in the city. Our very own, Devyani Singh from GreenLine gave the students instructions regarding how to go around and identify the trees and fill out the datasheets, thus making the student's participation a crucial part of the campaign.
Students were grouped as per their schools, then assigned a tree expert along with a volunteer and allocated different roads in and around the area for a ‘tree walk’, where they counted the number of trees and learnt about the varied tree species that they shared space with. On their return, students shared their experience with the audience about what they saw, learnt and what they will be taking back with them.
Concluding the programme, Fr Savio Silveira gave the vote of thanks and appreciated the fact that despite the rough weather, most of the participants and all the invitees turned up for the event in support of the trees, which clearly gave out the message that there are people who still cared.