2 Aug 2019, New Delhi
Delhi-NCR region has become highly populated with a fast-shrinking green cover and increasing air pollution. More than 200 volunteers, concerned with the alarming situation, took matters into their own hands. They conducted a massive seed-ball plantation drive, dispersing more than one lakh seed balls in Delhi’s forest areas.
People from different backgrounds and age groups, from school students to elders, came together. They spread out in various groups and spent more than six hours planting one lakh seed balls in the challenging terrain and wilderness of the Rajokri / Ghitorni forest area of the national capital.
Brahmachari Nijamrita Chaitanya of MAM Delhi said, “Seed balls are a mixture of soil, compost and plant seeds. They are an easy and sustainable way to cultivate plants and a step towards conserving the natural ecosystem. With the Monsoon set in, these planted seed balls will ultimately mature into trees, resulting in increased green cover in Delhi-NCR, providing much-needed oxygen, improving air quality and climate, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. This massive plantation drive organized by the followers of Mata Amritanandamayi created awareness among the residents of these cities about the importance of forests and the value of preserving and planting trees.”
The AYUDH Delhi volunteers organized seed ball workshops across various schools and organizations in Delhi-NCR over the past one month. They included Air India, Amrita Vidyalayam, Deep Public School, Alpine Convent School and Ankur School. Each group had taken the challenge of making a specified number of seed balls to contribute to the mission of greening Delhi.
As a member organization of the United Nations’ Trillion Trees Campaign, Mata Amritanandamayi Math is in the mission of planting of more than a million trees globally.