Green volunteers to plant one million trees

By Arpana Adhikari

wwfKathmandu, May 18: Hundreds of green volunteers are joining hands from Saturday in a drive to plant one million trees across the country, as a move to make the planet healthier. 

Commemorating the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti, a special campaign called, “One Million Trees Plantation” is going to be launched from Nagdaha, an ancient water body of Lalitpur city.
On this special day, around 1,000 tree saplings will be planted around the Nagdaha to preserve the ancient pond and its overall ecosystem.
The One Million Tree Plantation project is being orchestrated by the Green Touch Nepal (GTN), in association with the Lumbini World Peace Forum (LWPF).
The project is expected to conclude in five years and is expected to reinforce reforestation across the country.
Shedding lights on the project, Basu Gautam of LWPF, said launching the campaign on the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha was a symbolic, because the Buddha got enlightenment while meditating under a tree. Gautam said it was a voluntary campaign to combat climate change and global warming.
Arpana Pokharel, a green activist of GTN, said planting trees was one of the most simple and effective activities to improve the green space.
Pokharel said the idea of tree plantation had hit her mind last year when she realised that the Kathmandu Valley was completely covered by concrete jungles.
“This ancient city has a small numbers of trees which is not sufficient for the valley dwellers to live in a healthy and fresh air,” she added.
Considering this fact, she and her brother Raghav Bhandari had decided to plant a few tree saplings around the open spaces of Kathmandu, said Pokharel adding that “That time we have received overwhelming support from the people. This has further motivated us towards the drive.”

After the event, they were called by many locals of the valley to plant the trees at the public open lands.
In a collaborative effort of the GTN and LWPF, they have planted almost 1,000 tree saplings in the open spaces of Baluwatar, Kalopul, Bishalnagar, Hadigaun and Chandol areas among others and all these trees are growing beautifully, she said.
The campaigners would work together with the volunteers in order to collectively plant one million tree saplings, like blue-mimosa, Rudraksha, cherry and few others that can cut city pollution, said Pokharel.
Gautam said they hoped that the project would inspire environment lovers to reconnect with the planet and motivate youngsters to get involved in protecting the planet.
They are planning to plant nine to 12 feet long trees so that the plants can grow fast and do not die in an absence of care, said Pokharel, adding that they would, however, deploy manpower to take care of the planted trees.
She asked every individual to support the drive to make the world a better place to live in.  

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