‘Save Trees to Save Earth’ – this should be the principle that every human being living on this planet should live by. It is a well-known fact that our survival depends on trees because they give us the most needed tool for survival, Oxygen. Now more than ever, we all know the importance of oxygen and trees as we are facing the effects of climate change.

Deforestation has begun to show the negative effects of fewer trees for social, economic, and industrial purposes. If we plant even a single tree, that means that we’re contributing to healing the Earth and sustaining life on it.

We, the Rotaract Club of IIT, initiated the project We Plant to remind everyone of the value of trees. The project’s key objectives were to develop the sea, the economy, cover the land, and boost our country’s green life.

In phase one of this project, we were able to improve the awareness by involving the youth of our society in a virtual planting challenge, where the members of the clubs and many other youngsters sent images of themselves planting a tree in their garden.

We aimed to save our country’s precious lagoons as the project’s second phase. We accomplished this by planting 1,500 mangrove trees, which will benefit not only the lagoons but also aquaculture and the people who live nearby.

With the permission and assistance of the owners, phase three was carried out to plant coconut trees, banana trees, and other commercially valuable plants on bare lands that had not been used for a long time. We wanted to maintain and generate income for the landowners and many families involved in the coconut plucking business throughout this phase.

As for the fourth phase of this project, we aim to plant seagrass in the ocean, which is mainly focused on protecting marine life, which also purifies the water and saves the ocean.

However, we know that planting trees should never end with one single project. Hence, this project will continue as a long-term project, which will thrive to heal our planet and save it for more generations to come.

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility” – Wendell Berry

Written By – Hashini Kodithuwakku