Bringing up trees

I was just reading a report in the paper about how celebrities in India have started adopting animals in the zoo and contribute towards their upkeep and maintenance. Following this even others have started showing interest in such a scheme. This brings in revenue to the zoo no doubt, but also gives a sense of participation to others. The sponsors of the animals get free passes to visit the zoo, they can name the animals or its offspring. Such attractive schemes make people feel they can also participate in some good cause. Above all it inculcates a sense of bonding in areas where we may think we have no role to play.

Then there is also a scheme where people can adopt trees in reserves and forests. This is another novel idea and now people have started thinking of doing such good acts especially when there is a family function, a birthday or an anniversary. What a fine thought it is to extend our sense of belonging to include Mother Nature in our life. These out of the box acts send positive signals to all members of the family that it is time to take ownership of the world around us rather than expecting governments and NGOs to do these kinds of things. We too as individuals can contribute to many such causes, there is no dearth of schemes only we need to have a heart that beats for other living beings in this planet. In the schools I visit in Kenya for tree planting, children are encouraged to adopt the trees, give them names and treat them as a family member. Only this will help us raise a generation of kids who feel for other species. The kids are excited and feel they are doing an important contribution. This should be encouraged.


The United Nations has declared this decade from 2011 to 2020 as United Nations decade on Bio diversity.  More specifically May 22nd is observed as International Day for Biological Diversity. We have to do our bit in preserving all life forms or in the least desist from harming or disturbing the life forms around us. We need diverse forms if we have to escape from climate changes and other such disturbances. So let us spare a thought to all the living forms on this day.

Published by Vaishali Shah

Vaishali Shah is the founder owner of Shrivedant Foundation in Kenya. She is an entrepreneur, writer, thinker, an avid reader, an activist, a social bug and a devotee who wants to do different things and do things differently. She has got few degrees like Masters in Commerce, Masters in International Business and Diploma in Web Technologies and many other certificate courses. She thinks that true knowledge and experience is gained from the real life, from our ancient scriptures, our elders and achievers of the society who actually can contribute to our overall growth on a large scale and can uplift our soul to a different level. She is associated with quite a few non-profit organisations in Kenya which are determined to bring awareness of ancient vedic lifestyle and the benefits to implement them into our lives. She also promotes vegetarianism through a club called Kenya Vegetarian Club to help locals to turn and remain vegetarian.

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