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Ludhiana, one of the world’s most polluted cities, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) – is attempting to break an environmental record, for the most tree saplings planted in an hour, as Ludhiana Earth Hour (8am-9am) on July 20. The idea has been conceived by Sambhav an environment organisation working to improve the city’s green cover along with VMAD (V Making a Difference) a youth leadership training organization. Check out the Facebook link to the event page!
Since last month, aggressive arrangements are being made to dig one lakh pits in advance to speed up the work between 8 and 9 am on July 20, when thousands of hands will be planting trees for one hour. Thousands of trees are being sent across various schools, colleges, power stations and other sections of societies, social service communities, and religious institutions, industrial and commercial units who will be participating in beating the previous Guinness Record of over 40,200 trees in one hour. The youth teams including hundreds of volunteers are maintaining records of saplings being delivered and creating a massive database.
Shubam Soi, a Sambhav representative who is in contact with Guinness official has been making arrangements of recording the whole of the process of planting as an evidence for the Guinness. Sambhav has divided the city into 14 zones with number of spots to be coordinated, with hundreds of trained volunteers as spot heads to take care of the recording process and plantation process during the active one hour of Ludhiana Earth Hour event.
Leading personalities of Ludhiana; Padham Bhushan, Dr. Sardara Singh Johl, Padham Shree Poet, Dr. Surjit Pattar, Industrialist and EcoSikh Punjab Convener, Ranjodh Singh, stars from Punjabi film industry like Gurpreet Ghugi, Rana Ranbir and Sardar Sohi are playing influential roles for the success of the novel event. The event has also received huge support from Ludhiana’s hot favourite food outlet Hot Breads and Indian Master Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor.
Said Jaswant Zafar, the spokesman of the hosting organisation, Sambhav Foundation, “the project not only aspires to plant record trees but also insight Ludhianvis to love and protect beautiful nature and environment.” He added, “With the uneven progress in the Ludhiana industry, the city has also bagged the top polluted city tag in India. This event wishes to fill the Ludhianvis with sense of responsibility and togetherness to unite for a noble cause.” Regarding the preparations about the event Zafar explains that there is a target of joining of 20,000 hands for plantation at open public spaces. One thousand NCC Cadets and six thousand students are already involved. Most of the local schools have allocated saplings to the students to have them plant in their neighbourhood. Checkout Zafar’s Radio Interview at SBS radio, Australia.
Project Coordinator and Director of VMAD, Baljit Kaur said, “this is not a single handed event, the District administration, Municipal Corporation, Forest Department, Police Department, Schools and Colleges have been immensely contributing. Our youth have welcomed all the challenges with best possible solutions, so far with the collective effort we have enrolled hundred NGOs and residential blocks that are striving hard in making it a successful public participatory event.”
Watch this special video training session by Forest Department for Earth Hour.
EcoSikh Punjab Convener and leading industrialist of Ludhiana, Ranjodh Singh has given five saplings to each of his 400 employees. Says Ranjodh, “we have motivated our employees to plant and nurture their saplings. The best ones would be rewarded and honoured next year.”
As per the latest reports to EcoSikh Ludhianvis have already signed and pledged more than 1,20,000 trees to be planted on 20th July. Special support is being provided by DC, Rajat Agarwal, Mayor HS Golwaria, Municipal Corporation Commissioner and DFO of Ludhiana.
EcoSikh, welcomes this public participatory and a record making plantation drive in Ludhiana, to plant 100,000 trees in one hour by the citizens and local organisations. Endorsing this unique event, EcoSikh India Project Manager, Ravneet Singh said, “It is a matter of immense pride that this month long effort has brought huge enthusiasm and engagement by the Ludhiana citizens and the administration. We congratulate the hosting organisations and residents of Ludhiana who are toiling hard for the history making earth hour. Ludhiana, which is known as one of the top polluted cities of the world, is setting a newest pathway of environmental reform for all the other top listed polluted cities to follow, for nature conservation and deal with climate change effects.”