Besides an avid gardener, I am a social activist too. I volunteer for a non-government-organization, EcoWatch, working for the protection and preservation of natural environment. We are a small group of lawyers, engineers, students and other professionals. Our slogan is: Save Nature, Save Future.
Since 2009, we have been involved in The Billion Tree Campaign by United Nations Environment Program. The objective of this campaign is to encourage the planting of indigenous trees and trees that are suitable to local conditions. By the end of 2009, a total of 7.4 billion trees had been planted in 170 countries under this initiative. China, being the top contributor, planted 2.8 billion trees followed by India (2.1 billion trees) and Ethiopia (1.4 billion trees).
The Year 2010 has been declared as International Year of Biodiversity. Along with efforts to raise awareness and importance of biodiversity in our ecology, UNEP promises to strengthen its The Billion Tree Campaign further by involving people, communities, businesses, industry, civil society organizations and governments in efforts to increase the number of trees on earth.
Either you are a gardener, a student, an activist or a concerned citizen, take initiative – plant a tree and take care of it. You can enrol yourself in The Billion Tree Campaign and register your tree with UNEP to keep the counter rolling.
By planting trees, you would not only do your duty as an inhabitant of this planet but would also contribute to providing breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soils and a healthy climate to human beings… and of course, a healthy, nice tree in your home, lawn or office is a thing of beauty.