We're all worried about the decreasing forest cover. We try and make our voices heard by taking up the issue on various social media channels. Which is why when we hear about people taking an aggressive initiative to promote tree plantation, it makes our day! The unique initiative that has caught our attention today is that of the Delhi Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC). The committee recently announced that gurudwaras in Delhi will distribute saplings as "prasad" and promote tree plantation in Sikh educational institutions (schools and colleges both) to mark the 550th birth anniversary year of Guru Nanak Dev.
Since India is the third-largest generator of carbon emissions, it is time for us to take a step in the right direction.
With this move, the management committee is aiming to plant over one lakh saplings in the city. This move is a part of the mega drive launched by the committee, the focus of which is to plant trees at all gurdwaras and Sikh educational institutions. "It is mandatory for all fresh students at nine colleges affiliated to the Delhi University, managed by the Committee, to plant 10 trees from the current academic session to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev's love for nature," said Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the committee president.
He further added, "This is for encouraging the Sikh community to protect planet earth from threats posed by climate change and global warming. With this move, around 55,000 new environmental friendly species are likely to be planted this year by fresher students who got admission in the nine colleges."
The president has also announced that the tree plantation will be treated as one of their college projects. The students will have to submit the status (along with pictures) of the trees planted by them highlighting the progress, which will be then marked and will reflect in their annual results.
The gurudwara devotees will soon start getting saplings of plants and trees that are mentioned in Gurbani (compositions by the Sikh Gurus and other writers of Guru Granth Sahib) along with other plant species that are beneficial for the ecosystem, "About two lakh saplings of fruit-bearing tree species and those that absorb air pollutants like mango, amla, jamun, gulmohar, neem and Ber will be distributed among gurdwara devotees as 'prasad' to promote environmental protection and a sustainable ecosystem in the national capital."
Now isn't that a great move? We hope that others take inspiration from this one-of-a-kind initiative.
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