What do we do when someone comes in our way? Given the choice and the ability we would push them aside; basic human tendency. And when this someone is an apparently inanimate object, we just clear the route, chop it off and move on without remorse. Precisely what happened to a few trees at Khade Bazaar , the super crowded business region of our city Belagavi.
Several trees were chopped off in the Khade Bazaar region in an attempt to clear every thing that causes hindrance to traffic. More such senseless acts will follow in the coming days, all, maybe, in the name of what we call “Building ourselves a smart city”.
While it may be necessary and even unavoidable in certain cases, the sheer reckless indulgence of putting an end to these Green Saviours would definitely have serious long term consequences.
As it is, despite the decent rains, we are still not getting enough heavenly blessings to say things are as they once used to be. Several talukas are on the verge of losing the second crop due to scarcity of water and there is no guarantee that it will rain well in the coming year.
As the population and with it the vehicles continue to grow, tons of carbon dioxide will continue to be added to the environment. A large tree inhales 20.3 kgs of CO2 in a year and exhales enough oxygen for a family of four for a year. Some full grown trees with enough foliage take up far more than just this much.Thus, one can imagine the quantum of trees that would really be necessary to compensate for the torture that we are inflicting on our own planet.
When All About Belgaum posted the Khade Bazaar tree cutting issue and several such incidents, people post dislikes and agony on the social media. But when it comes to actually doing some thing about it, then people opt for convenience.
The Green Saviours team through All About Belgaum invites the residents of Belagavi to give up their so called habits of relaxing on the early Sunday and to join the effort of planting thousands of trees in and around the city. Let us do the best we can to prompt mother nature to be kinder than she presently seems to be.
To join the Green Saviours team contact 9611313919 or write to [email protected]
The team will head into its 40th successive Sunday of work on this weekend.
A little time well spent on as many Sundays as possible would transform lives for us and generations to follow.
Can’t we do more than just Complain???