With increasing levels of carbon dioxide and pollutant gases like Nitrogen oxides, Ozone, and Carbon monoxide, the need for trees have become nearly exponential.
In order to tackle climate change and improve the environment, more than a million Indians planted 220 million trees on August 9, 2019, in Uttar Pradesh. The trees include 16 fruit species and have the potential to increase forest cover in the state.
The planting was done in 1,430,381 places including 60,000 villages and 83,000 sites in forest range.
People from different age groups joined hands to support the initiative including students, lawmakers, officials who planted dozens of species of saplings along roads, rail tracks and in forest lands.
When asked about the initiative, Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath said: “We set the target of 220 million because UP is home to 220 million people”.
A spokesperson government Awanish Awasthi mentioned that the whole process was online where the pits were geo-tagged and the saplings carried a QR code so that they can keep a record of the number of saplings planted and their location.
Another concern is the survival of the planted saplings. Usually, 60% of the saplings survive with the rest of them failing to sustain due to lack of water.
This is the 2nd huge tree-planting campaign in UP. Prior to this, 50 million saplings were planted in a day in July 2016.
This is a big step towards creating a better environment by the people in Uttar Pradesh. We could build a healthy environment if such campaigns take place in other states as well.