What makes our planet so different from the rest?
It’s the only one tinged in green thanks to our rich forests which is home to thousands of species of plants and animals.
But now, because of us humans, the life in these green trees are cut down at a rapid rate, where this tropical deforestation has become the 2nd biggest contributor to climate change, and the pollution it occurs have affected over 100 million people, that is comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV.
13 million hectares of forest have been converted for other uses or destroyed. Even at this very moment, while you’re reading this, almost 3 hectares have been cleared.
Up to 28,000 species can go extinct in the next quarter century due to deforestation, and by the year 2030, we might only have 10% of Rainforests left and it can all disappear in a hundred years.
But as human, isn’t it all our responsibility to think if it is right to torture our own nature that protects us and keeps us alive?
As a move to respond to this sensitive subject, The Rotaract Club of IIT initiated the project WePlant, following the motive that “One tree can make a forest”.
But often we can see that most people are unaware of the importance of trees and how each
individual can contribute to this big picture of saving nature. Hence, as the first phase of the project WePlant we Planned an awareness campaign internationally to pass this message around a vast community and to develop an urge in them to show acts of kindness to this nature, where you freely breath in.
Through this campaign, we were able to convince that planting one small plant by one person will collectively be a huge impact to preserve this planet from dying.
We also created a mobile application which will track your location and will allow you to submit a button once you have planted a tree. Then it shows a new plant growing up on the map right on your location. Likewise, it allows you to view other plants that were planted on the map. Our goal is to fill this the whole world map with this greenery.
Environmental conservation is never a one time commitment. It needs to continue for generations. Hence, our plan is not to end this in the short term. This will continue as a long-term project, thriving to save our mother plant and proudly fulfilling the purpose of organizations like Rotaract.