TREE PLANTATION DRIVES
The significance of tree plantation has been stressed upon time and again. It is disappointing how we have become so habituated to technology that we fail to notice the harmful impact it is having on our environment. The threat to human survival is being neglected in the midst of the urban jungle which is increasing at an alarming rate. Factors like urbanisation, deforestation, overpopulation and pollution have repeatedly raised concerns regarding environmental damage. All these factors contribute to the loss of trees.
Trees contribute in combating climate change by controlling temperatures and conserving water. They absorb pollutants found in the air like nitrogen oxides, ammonia, carbon dioxide, ozone, and filter the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. They help prevent soil erosion, provide oxygen and support the wildlife.
By considering these factors, ‘Shree Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak’ has been actively playing a part in planting as well as conserving trees since 2004. Under this devotional service, different kinds of seeds are distributed between the volunteers who sow these and nurture them.
At a discourse on ‘Ramrajya’ held on 6 May 2010, Dr Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi had stated, ‘by planting specific trees and plants on a large scale, the issues such as deforestation, soil erosion, the encroachment of deserts can, with certainty and efficiency, be overcome’. He also imparted in-depth information on how and where the tree plantation activity can be carried out.
Moreover, Dr Aniruddha Joshi has asked his shraddhavan friends to contribute to the tree plantation initiative by planting at least the Tulsi (holy basil),the curry leaf plant, rose, jasmine, ginger and zipri in their windows or balconies.He also encourages the planting of the neem tree, the banyan tree, mango tree, sacred fig plant and many more.
Subsequently, the organisation established the ‘Aniruddha’s Institute of Gram Vikas (AIGV)’ at Govidyapeetham in Kothimbe, Karjat for training keen volunteers on agricultural subjects.
On 30 November 2017, Dr Aniruddha Joshi had presented one of his initiatives to his shraddhavan friends while addressing them at Shree Harigurugram. At the time, he had imparted information about Shree Vanadurga Yojna which emphasises on the importance of tree plantation.
According to this program, the seeds of regular fruits like custard apples and chikoos are big and do not decay soon. Thus, these seeds can be sowed in the soil instead of discarding them. They can be made into small seed-balls and can be planted in the soil found while travelling to picnics, or at vacant spots, or alongside the road by sprinkling some water on them. Even if two out of ten seeds sprout, the tree plantation effort would be considered an absolute success.