Meet the green crusaders of India

A lot has been said about the rising pollution levels, deforestation, and climate change. A lot of solutions too have been successfully introduced – giving incentives to hybrid/electric car manufacturers, refining environmental regulations and sewage management to name a few.

For these solutions to work, we need cooperation from all members of the society – the central and the state governments, the industrial units and the citizens. But is there something an individual can do to single-handedly make a difference? Can something be done to preserve our environment without expecting participation, government aid or donations? The answer is YES! Meet the GREEN CRUSADERS of India –

Shubhendu Sharma | Trees planted – 3,88,800 and counting

This green crusader quit his high-paying engineering job at Toyota to become a full-time forest maker! While at Toyota, Shubhendu had the opportunity to assist Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist and a plant ecology expert. He then invested a year researching ways in which the Miyawaki model can be used in India. Today, his company Afforestt specializes in creating natural urban forests. So far he has created 108 forests across 37 cities in India, USA and Europe.

Jadav Payeng | Trees planted – 550 hectre of forest and still expanding

The Forest Man of India - Jadav Payeng
The Forest Man of India – Jadav Payeng

Fondly known as the “Forest Man of India”, Padma Shri Jadav Payeng has single-handedly created a thriving 550 hectre forest from a sandbar near the Brahmaputra River. What started with planting bamboo trees in 1979 has now become a forest that is home to rhinoceros, rabbits, tigers, elephants, deer and a large variety of plants. Join his Plant for Planet Project –

Dr. Anil and Pamela Malhotra | Trees planted – 300 acres of wildlife sanctuary 

SAI - Save Animals Initiative by Dr. Anil and Pamela Malhotra
SAI – Save Animals Initiative by green crusaders Dr. Anil and Pamela Malhotra

NRI couple, Dr. Anil and Pamela, returned to India to work towards the conservation of the Indian wildlife and the environment. What started as a project spread over 55 acres in Kodagu is now India’s only private wildlife sanctuary that is now home to the Bengal tiger, sambhar, Asian elephants, snakes, fishes and over 300 species of birds. Help them raise funds by planning a stay at SAI (Save Animals Initiative) sanctuary –

Saalumarada Thimmakka | Trees planted – 384 Banyan trees worth Rs. 1.5 million

Saalumarada Thimmakka - Mother to 384 Banyan Trees
Saalumarada Thimmakka – Mother to 384 Banyan Trees

A mother to her 384 Banyan trees, this 105-year-old green crusader has planted and tended to rows of banyan trees over 8 decades. Today, these trees have created a cool, shady canopy stretching four kilometres along SH94 from Hulikal to Kuduru village.