What are we talking about?
The Coronavirus pandemic has ensured that nature has seen its best days while there is no end to suffering for mankind. There is no better time of introspection than this year, and especially with the monsoons nearing, perhaps most apt moment. The logical recourse comes as a recurring recurrence of nature-friendly approach in our ancient civilizations. According to Banwari, an author on the Indian approach to the environment, in his book, Panchavati, “The village has many things – it is not significant only because of its human population. It is significant because of its water, because of its animals and because of its trees. According to tradition, that village will be a full entity only when there are certain categories of forest or trees in and around the village. This is called shrivan, the forest of prosperity.”
Rising up to the call of the hour.
Palghar is the 36th district of the Maharashtra state with total population is around 29,90,116. The district has a total of 8 talukas, Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Vikramgad, Palghar, Dahanu and Wada. Local resources in terms of water, soil and plant biodiversity dictate the livelihoods of most tribal population, which lives depending upon the forests.
Bhavyata Foundation has partnered with Keshav Shrusti Gram Vikas Yojana to plant 1200 mango trees in the Wada block and 2500 bamboo plantations Vikramgad block of Palghar district. This area is home to scheduled tribes that are far secluded from the rungs of civilization. The forest cover and its various resources are their only means of livelihood. Without a steady source of income, these people’s lives are filled with unimaginable poverty and scarcity.
We have identified 140 families in this region who desperately need our help. With around 30 trees(mango/bamboo) allotted per family, it shall be just enough for them to lead a dignified life without having to despair about income generation. These trees will start to produce yields just four years from planting.
Not only will these trees help provide a sustainable livelihood, but also increase the receding forest cover in the area, decrease ecological footprint and improving soil quality.
But how will 30 trees help a family survive an entire lifetime?
The trees in consideration are Kesar Mango trees with an average yield of 200-500 mangoes per year, per tree. This means the revenue from each tree will be anywhere between INR 8000-10000 per year. With each family taking care of 30 trees, the annual income that the family shall generate shall be anywhere between INR 240000 – 300000. Besides the economical benefit, one native mango tree fixes 0.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the air; 1200 trees will stand to fix 240 tonnes of carbon dioxide in its lifetime.
India’s average per person carbon footprint is 2 tonnes annually. Eminent scientists say it will take just five bamboo plants a year annually, to make an Indian carbon-neutral, because each of them absorbs about 400 kg of CO2 a year.
On an average, a family planting bamboo would have earned Rs 63,000 an acre in the third year going up to Rs 210,000 an acre in the fifth. With 30 such bamboo saplings for a family, shall ensure livelihoods for them.
With the lockdown slowly lifting and the global economy pumping pollution, community initiatives for afforestation and livelihoods are the dire need of the hour.
How can we contribute to this?
The cost of planting one mango tree is INR 100 and a bamboo shoot is Rs. 17
You can sponsor any number of trees.
30 mango trees = INR 3000
30 bamboo shoots = INR 500
Adopting 30 trees shall mean you will provide a livelihood to an entire family for the rest of their lives and also will contribute to fixing annually 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the air. A wisely and timely support can take this campaign to a livelihood revolution. Let’s contribute and take that one step towards a better tomorrow for humankind.
Donations are tax-exempt under Section 80G. Community Support, as well as CSR Funding, are welcome as well.