This is part of the ‘Go Green Nanganallur campaign,’ where the children are encouraged to plant trees across the neighbourhood.
Post Vardah, the whole city lost a major chunk of the green cover. Since then many residents welfare associations have come forward with a plan to plant saplings and do their bit.
M Manickathai of Nanganallur is one of them and he wants to start a n environment campaign. With that idea, a group of environmentally conscious people of the area started a Facebook page called ‘Go Green Nanganallur.’ “The aim was to bring together people from in and around Nanganallur and work towards a plan to improve the green cover here. We received a decent response,” says Shravan Kumar, a volunteer.
They also decided to involve the kids in their activities. “We wanted the future generation to understand the process of planting trees and the benefits of doing that. In the process they also learn about afforestation and deforestation,” says Shravan. Also, since it is an initiative involving children, they plan to organise an event on this weekend in memory of Hasini. “One of the members of the group is close to the victim’s family. We decided to plant saplings at the Independence Day Park with a message written for her. Following this we will have a candle march and we will collect signatures on the petition to the Chief Minister.”
They do not have any sponsorship and have spent money from their own pocket. In their first phase of the event, children planted saplings on Third Main Road, Nanganallur. Following that, they also planted saplings in the other areas including 19th and 21st Streets.
“We are only planting native species and on the tree guard, we have written the name of the child who has planted it, the name of the tree and details about the variety. Putting the name of the child makes it his/ her responsibility to ensure that the sapling is regularly watered and taken care of,” says Shravan.