AniruddhaFoundation-Tree-PlantationTree Plantation

Tree plantation simply means planting trees, planting different varieties of tree saplings and nurturing them properly.

Today, the mankind faces a big peril of rising temperature and changing climate as a result of ever increasing concretisation, deforestation, unwarranted cutting of trees and wild fires induced reduction in forest cover. The alarm bells are continuously ringing as the survival of mankind itself is in danger due to the deterioration of the environment as well as the increasing imbalance in the atmospheric conditions. But for various reasons the problem is being neglected and on the other hand no one has an effective plan to minimize this problem. Keeping this in mind as well as based on the social responsibility, ‘Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation’ and its sister organization ‘Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management’ have taken up a joint project of conducting tree plantation drives.

Dr.Aniruddha Joshi’s (Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu) concept of tree plantations:

Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, while delivering a special discourse on the topic ‘Ram-Rajya’ on 6th of May, 2010 at Shree Harigurugram in Bandra had said that issues like deforestation, soil erosion, desert encroachment etc. can definitely and efficiently be tackled by planting some specific trees and shrubs in big numbers. He gave detailed information on how to do the tree plantations, kind of places for tree plantations.

‘Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation’ provides training to the volunteers on this subject at ‘Aniruddha’s Insititute of Gramin Vikas’ at Govidyapeetham in Kothimbe, Karjat.

Tree plantation drives are organised by various Upasana Centres of Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation. Sometimes the local municipal authorities provide the vacant land for the plantations on both sides of highways or on the hills and slopes, they also provide help by providing good quality of seeds. At other times, the volunteers themselves check for available land for the plantations and buy the seeds and saplings and plant the trees in groups.

Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu has also guided the shraddhavans on doing tree plantation on a personal level too.  They are helping in their own way by planting Tulsi and an additional five plants (Curry Leaves, Mogra, Rose, Ginger and Jhipri (Polyscias cumingiana)) in their home windows or balconies. Moreover practices of gifting flowering plant saplings during the haldi-kumkum or birthday celebrations are also being promoted.

Sadguru Bapu has urged shraddhavans to plant trees like Neem and if possible even Banyan, Peepal, Mango etc as well as small shrubs around their houses, buildings and bunglows.

Importance of tree plantation-

Tree plantation not only enhances the natural beauty of the surroundings but also helps in bringing down global temperatures and helps in balancing the environment. The trees absorb the harmful gases from the atmosphere like Nitrogen Oxide, Sulphur dioxide, Ammonia etc. and increase the supply of Oxygen. A man takes in approximately 3 cylinders equivalent of Oxygen from the atmosphere in one day through respiration. One tree on an average gives out 260 pounds of Oxygen by weight in one year and that too free of cost. Similarly, fully grown trees in one acre of land give Oxygen enough for 18 humans for an year. This shows how extraordinarily important the tree plantation is for the mankind. With this motivation, ‘Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation’ and ‘Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management’, under the guidance of Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu have jointly taken up the project to plant and nurture trees in large numbers.

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