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Puroshottam Das Gupta: An Auto rickshaw driver who is making the India Greener

Purushottam with other members celebrated the World Environmental Week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees

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Deforestation in India. Image Source: www.tree-nation.com
  • An increase in the living standards of people has resulted in the Ozone hole
  • Purushottam named the mission as ‘Sadbhavana- Hara Bhara Bharat’
  • Purushottam with other members celebrated the Environmental week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees

With the increase in global warming,the only hope of mankind seems to be trees that can restore balance. The increase in population, lots of trees are cut on a daily basis. This deforestation can lead to several disasters. The need of the hour is to grow trees and adopt afforestation.

Trees provide us with many benefits like they reduce noise pollution, the bind the soil together so as to prevent soil erosions, they lower the temperature by causing rainfall, they reduce the possibility of flood and storm runoff. They are also known as carbon sinks as they accumulate carbon in themselves by growing.

Deforestation in India. Image Source: www.tree-nation.com
Deforestation in India. Image Source: www.tree-nation.com

An increase in the living standards of people has resulted in the Ozone hole. Extra use of refrigerators, ACs are responsible for producing Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which are responsible in depleting Ozone layer. Depleting of Ozone layer will cause skin cancers, colour blindness and other problems which we will regret later.

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It is our responsibility to save trees to save ourselves. One such initiative is taken by Purushottam Das Gupta. Purushottam felt sad when the trees on the streets were cut down to plant new trees and the news ones are not given the proper care.

Puroshottam is an Auto Rickshaw driver in Thane, Mumbai. Purushottam with his family decided to plant new trees and take care of the existing trees. With this mission, he started carrying a 15 litre. Bottle to provide water to the trees. When his own efforts were not sufficient, he called the other Auto Rickshaw Drivers and urged them to join him in this mission. Purushottam named the mission as ‘Sadbhavana- Hara Bhara Bharat’.

Puroshottam Das Gupta planting tree along with group members. Image Source: TheBetterIndia
Puroshottam Das Gupta planting a tree along with group members. Image Source: TheBetterIndia

Today he has around 50 members in his group whose name he has written in the register. Puroshottam Das urged the members to celebrate their special days by planting trees. He celebrated his anniversary in March by planting two trees.

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Purushottam with other members celebrated the World Environmental Week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees. Now they have their Whatsapp group in which they post about the tree planting calendar.

Puroshottam is an example for all of us. Instead of cribbing about pollution, one has to take a stand on his own.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter: @writetoaparna99

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  • Aparna Gupta

    He is an inspiration for all of us. We should also plant trees instead of cribbing about the pollution and rise in global warming.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    If an ordinary rickshaw driver can do so much for the environment, we educated people can surely do much more

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is a great initiative. Everyone should learn from him and should understand the importance of tree so that our future generation can have a better life.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Indeed Laudable……hats off to this man Puroshottam Das Gupta . We need more people like him who can serve to the Mother Nature. This is high time to serve Mother Nature.

  • Aparna Gupta

    He is an inspiration for all of us. We should also plant trees instead of cribbing about the pollution and rise in global warming.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    If an ordinary rickshaw driver can do so much for the environment, we educated people can surely do much more

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is a great initiative. Everyone should learn from him and should understand the importance of tree so that our future generation can have a better life.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Indeed Laudable……hats off to this man Puroshottam Das Gupta . We need more people like him who can serve to the Mother Nature. This is high time to serve Mother Nature.

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Jadav Molai Peyang: Forest Man of India

Jadav Molai Peyang, 'Forest Man of India' single-handedly plants 1360 acre of forest on a barren sandbar.

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Jadav Peyang, Forest Man of India. Wikimedia Commons.

There are many international organizations that have been working to save our planet from many harms of deforestation but there is one Indian man who, single-handedly, gave rise to the forest in 1360 acre land and converted it into the man-made forest in India and that man is Jadav Molai Peyang.
Jadav Peyang’s story was first discovered by journalist Jitu Kalita when he was stalking the vultures on the other end of Arun Sapori, an over 1,000-hectare riverine island on the Brahmaputra when he saw the forested area and found Peyang’s story there.
The forest man has planted over 1500-saplings since 1980 which has grown into the famous, Molai Kathoni, the forest famously named after his maker. Peyang had started this initiative as a teenager who started planting bamboo in the woodland after he had witnessed deaths of several snakes at the shore when water had resided from the area after a flood. Following that horrifying scenario, he sought the advice from the village elders who asked him to grow a forest as only the forest can save the lives of birds and animals. Since then, Peyang’s Molai Forest has developed its own ecosystem as deer, rabbits, rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, birds, insects have inhabited the forest which consists of trees such as Bamboo, valcol, Arjun, Pride of India, silk trees, cotton trees, to name a few. But it was a herd of 100 elephants that brought the attention of Assam’s forest department on Peyang in 2008. The elephants pay a yearly visit to his forest and give birth to their calves in the comfort there.
But the journey of creating a barren sandbar in the middle of the river Brahmaputra of Assam into the thriving forest that it is today wasn’t easy.
In the initial stages, he found planting trees extremely difficult and time-consuming but now as he gets the seeds from the trees, the forest seems to live on itself.
The forest man was the first part of the 5-year project launched by the Assam Forestry Division in Aruna Chapori in 1980 with an aim to reforest two hundred hectares of land. Peyang enrolled for the job and started planting trees for the project though, the project was finished in five years, Peyang had stayed and spread his own project bigger than Central Park, NYC (842.6 acres). Since his first project, he has been invited to several environmental conferences, conferred many honors among which is Padam Shri, the highest civilian award and ‘Forest Man of India’ by JNU along with the recent honor bestowed on Jitu Kalita and Jadav Peyang by Taiwan Government for their efforts.
The forest man’s story is full of inspiration and compassion as he keeps providing shelter to various insects and animals while his family, which consists of two sons, a daughter, and his wife subsides on the income provided by their livestock, there is a lot to learn from him. He had braved several threats and all he has to say to them, ‘Kill me first, before you kill my forest,’ but his ideas for the world remains unknown among the several honors.

Samridhi Nain. Samridhi is a student of Philosophy (Hons.) from University of Delhi.

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Question Mark over Airtel Delhi Half Marathon amidst Rising Pollution Levels; Will the Event Shift to a New Window?

The Indian Medical Association had called for cancellation of the event a few days ago

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Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is an annual half marathon foot-race held in New Delhi, India (representative image) Pixabay

New Delhi, November 10, 2017 : The alarming levels of pollution in the national capital has forced the organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to consider shifting the event to a new window.

“There is a possibility to shift this event to a new window… we may organize the event earlier or later. We have the option of the alternative window. We will discuss with our stakeholders and see which will the best window for the event,” said Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of the Procam International, the organizers of the event, here on Thursday.

A few days ago, Airtel, who have been one of the prime sponsors of the event for the last nine years, also threatened to pull out of the annual event citing pollution levels in the city but however, came out in support of the organizers on Thursday.

“As always, we will continue to support the event. It is great to see the fantastic response to the call for registration for Airtel Delhi Half Marathon,” said Ravi Negi, CEO of Bharti Airtel, Delhi NCR.

Singh also asserted the foreign athletes have gone back satisfied with the conditions in previous editions of the event.

“All foreign participants are aware of the situation and will participate. Last year, Rio Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the event in almost similar conditions and returned without complains,” he said.

“You cannot cancel an international event so easily. Athletes are preparing since last many months and there is no question of cancelling the event.”

The Indian Medical Association had called for cancellation of the event a few days ago but Singh said the event will go on as planned.

“They have issued a warning and they are right. It is a concern but we still have 10 days to go and air quality might improve,” he said.

“To reduce the pollutants, roads will be sprayed and treated with salt water and all vehicles will be off roads 12 hours prior to the event, and hopefully improved air conditions will bring better running experience for the participants.” (IANS)

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Delhi Smog: Odd-Even Car Rule May Return; Consider Cloud Seeding to curb Pollution : HC

The court said that though stubble-burning was the "visible villain", authorities should address the "other elephants in the room" such as dust generated by road and construction activity as well as vehicular and industrial pollution.

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Issuing a slew of direction as immediate measures to control pollution in Delhi-NCR, the court banned felling of trees, ordered sprinkling of water on roads to control dust. Pixabay

New Delhi, November 9, 2017 : The Delhi High Court on Thursday said there was an “emergency situation” vis-a-vis pollution in Delhi-NCR region and asked the Delhi government to consider vehicular odd-even scheme and cloud seeding to induce artificial rain.

The court also asked the Centre to hold meetings with Delhi and National Capital Region authorities to bring in short-term measures to control pollution immediately and to submit a report to it on November 16, the next date of hearing.

Issuing a slew of direction as immediate measures to control pollution in Delhi-NCR, the court banned felling of trees, ordered sprinkling of water on roads to control dust and strict enforcement of construction code to ensure that the air was not polluted.

A Division Bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also directed the Chief Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Control to call an emergency meeting with his counterparts in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and pollution control agencies within three days to discuss ways to curb pollution.

The bench said the Chief Secretaries will also consider the feasibility of cloud seeding to bring down air pollution. This, the bench said, was not a very expensive process and Bengaluru had adopted it.

The court asked the Delhi government to consider bringing back the odd-even scheme — under which vehicles of odd and even registration numbers, with exceptions, ply on roads on designated days — to control traffic congestion and unclog the capital.

But the court questioned the government move to increase parking rates by four times.

“If somebody has to go to a hospital or buy important items, he ends up paying four times more for the parking,” the bench said.

The court said that though stubble-burning was the “visible villain”, authorities should address the “other elephants in the room” such as dust generated by road and construction activity as well as vehicular and industrial pollution.

“London has faced this kind of air pollution. They term it as pea soup fog, which is a killer fog. This is a deadly mixture of construction and vehicular dust and other factors,” the bench said.

The court also directed the Delhi government to conduct a survey of all hospitals in the national capital on availability of oxygen to deal with emergency situations with regard to vulnerability of children and senior citizens.

It told the Delhi government to strictly regulate the entry of trucks into the city.

The court was hearing a suo motu case it initiated in 2015 to control air pollution in the national capital. (IANS)