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21 July, 2018; Ludhiana: Washington based EcoSikh held its second Punjab state level volunteer induction and training in Ludhiana. The focus of this gathering was to create a massive plan to plant 550 trees at various locations to mark 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in 2019. The organization is targeting to reach 1 million trees by the end of next year.
The meeting took place at Sarabha Nagar Gurdwara in which these volunteers were trained by EcoSikh team and Dr. Balwinder Singh Lakhewali, a renowned environmental scientist. EcoSikh has appealed to the Sikh community globally to plant trees 550 trees each at 1820 locations under the global campaign of 550 Rukh Guru De Naam.
Over 100 individuals and representatives of organisations from Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Kapurthala, Moga, Bathinda, Rajpura, Pathankot, Barnala, Kotkapura and Hoshiarpur had gathered for the 3-hour training session and the launch of hand book, Shreni Anusar Rukhaan Di Vyontbandi, written by the renowned environmentalist, Dr. Balwinder Singh Lakhewali. Dr. Lakhewali elaborated on the selection of trees and how to maintain them.
EcoSikh Global President, Dr. Rajwant Singh sent his congratulatory video message and extended his best wishes to the volunteers of Punjab.
EcoSikh President India, Supreet Kaur thanked all the nature lovers of Punjab who are working hard to extend the legacy of Guru Nanak in protecting and serving the earth. “It’s high time that we come together to make a gift of 1 million trees for our Guru Nanak on His 550thGurupurab. It is the best way to celebrate His love for nature and protect our Mother Earth.”
EcoSikh South Asia Project Manager, Ravneet Singh shared his experiences on how to utilize government schemes and get plants, and daily labour for free to execute plantation and maintenance of trees in the villages through MANREGA and other government schemes. Said Ravneet Singh, “The entire planet and especially Punjab is under environmental crises. Our forest cover is less than 4% and the very basic solution is plantation. Guru Nanak has laid a clear cut path for us to protect nature, we just need to join hands and make the earth live-able again.”