Posts Tagged ‘planting trees’

India’s New Program of Planting and Employment is a Win/Win

photo: Ben Earwicker Garrison Photography, Boise, ID

photo: Ben Earwicker
Garrison Photography, Boise, ID

India’s Prime Minsiter, Narendra Modi, has launched an initiative to combat unemployment AND environmental issues in one shot. The government will be hiring jobless youth to plant trees along the entire National Highways network. Millions of trees are in the plan, providing more than simple roadside beauty, but a density of greenery (some suggest is wishful thinking and mathematically impossible) that would be forest-like. In light of the intense impact the Indian nation has had on the environment, this is a large step in the right direction. In some versions of the plan, fruit trees are the model, so local communities suffering from food scarcity can also reap the crops.

The plan is aiming quite high, and it doesn’t stop there. It was announced along with grand schemes to clean two of the major river systems and other waterways, and developing systems to better capture rainwater–more than 60% of which is lost and washed to the oceans while locals clamor for potable drinking water, water for hygienic use, and agricultural/irrigation water to increase food yield.

While some suggest these are political promises, if the nation can put some action behind them, even falling short of these lofty goals would still be progress. Here’s hoping India takes these bold steps toward viable environmental solutions that also address underemployment, and that many nations will take notice and follow suit.

Click a Button, Plant a Tree

We might be filled with best intentions of getting out on our weekends or early mornings before school or work to make the world a better place…but then that darn snooze button calls with its siren song, or vacation plans get scrapped when projects get behind schedule, or a million other reasons keep us stuck in our day-to-day patterns. While there is no substitute for being immersed in service, rubbing elbow-to-sweaty-elbow with locals in a community we visit, seeing the fruits of our labor as the sun begins to set…it is not always feasible to spend the hours helping that we wish we could. Don’t let that stop you.

The travel agency Africa Point LTD as well as Capital FM, East African Wildlife Society, and other partners are planting 10,000 trees on Mount Kenya in an initiative based on social media. Their efforts will begin to address the crisis left by the mountain’s rapidly receding glacier. You can take part in the Save Mount Kenya project, and with a click of a button on your computer, initiate the planting of an actual tree on the African mountain.

save mt. Kenya campaign
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