The three-day statewide sapling campaign initiative organized as part of the ‘Cauvery Calling Movement’ under the Isha Foundation enabled farmers to plant two lakh saplings on their farmland between June 3 and 5 to mark World Environment Day.
Farmers have planted valuable timber saplings such as teak, redwood, sandalwood, mahogany and neem that do not harm the environment. As many as 28,600 saplings have been planted on a total of 108 acres in Madurai, Dindigul, Sivaganga, Theni, Virudhunagar and Ramathanapuram districts, according to a press release.
The Cauvery Calling Movement team studied the soil and water quality of farmland and recommended the planting of these soil-friendly saplings.
Over a hundred people took part in a three kilometer rally from Race Course Road in Madurai carrying banners to raise awareness of potential soil destruction and its prevention through the ‘Save Soil Movement’, another movement launched by the Isha Foundation. District Forest Officer Gurusami reported the gathering.
The movement urges all nations to require a minimum of 3% to 6% organic content in agricultural soils, the absence of which would lead to food shortages, large-scale displacement of people, civil unrest and intensified climate change. in the world. President of Women’s Entrepreneurship Rajakumari Jeevagan and others were present.
Former Director of Education R Swaminathan, Secretary of Gandhi Museum K .R. Nandha Rao and environmentalists distributed around 3,000 free saplings to the public at the Gandhi Memorial Museum.
Various saplings of ‘marutham’, ‘vaagai’, ‘poovarasu’, ‘mantharai’, etc., were also distributed to people in their homes in Anna Nagar, Teppakulam, Munichalai Road and other places.
HCL engineers, members of “Kalanjiam”, a women’s self-help group operating under the DHAN Foundation, planted 50 saplings in the “sacred grove” of Madurai Kamaraj University campus.
More than 100 students from classes VI to IX attended a one-day educational camp at DHAN’s central office in the city. The students showed their talents by participating in drawing, singing, dancing, essay and eloquence competitions organized under the theme “Iyarkaiodu Inaindhu Vaazhvom”. Prizes were distributed to all participants.