The second step is to find out how many of the fallen trees can be salvaged, and replanted. Wherever possible, we will try and restore the trees. In case of trees which are gone for good, we need to look at planting new saplings. In the backdrop of certain trees being more susceptible to falling during the monsoon – and the once-in-a-lifetime event like the high velocity winds from Cyclone Vardah— we need to reassess what kind of trees to plant in our city, given its soil condition, proximity to coast and elevation. The need of the hour is for all those who are passionate about greening Chennai on a sustainable basis to come together. We need experts to advise us on what to plant in our public spaces.