Hyderabad: The ‘Green India Challenge’ of planting trees is edging towards the three crore sapling mark, said founder of Igniting Minds M Karunakar Reddy, who launched the tree planting challenge under the ‘Hara Hai Tho Bhara Hai’ umbrella on Wednesday.
Among those to join the tree planting drive is Union Minister for Forests, Environment, and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar.
The sapling that took the tree plantation drive to the one crore mark was planted by IT, Industries and MA&UD Minister K T Rama Rao some time ago, the two crore mark was reached with TRS Rajya Sabha MP, J Santosh Kumar, who is also the patron of the challenge, planting a sapling recently.
The ‘Green India Challenge’ turned into a people’s movement from its humble beginning a little over a year ago. The concept behind the challenge is that each person plants three saplings and takes care of them for three years which should then be able to survive on their own supplying over their lifetime, the oxygen required for one human being’s average life span, Karunakar Reddy said.
Among those who planted trees under the ‘Green Indian Challenge’ have been Padmasri Vanajeevi Ramaiah, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, BJP working president JP Nadda, movie actors Chiranjeevi, and Nagarujna, sportspersons such as Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, P Gopichand, Kidambi Srikant, PV Sindhu, Sania Mirza, and Dutee Chand. The recent invite from Santosh Kumar gave a further fillip to the tree planting drive, Karunakar Reddy said and expressed the hope that the ‘Green India Challenge’ would reach the 10 crore trees planted mark soon.