Gurugram: Children and senior citizens converged on 74th Independence Day to plant saplings in Gurugram. The initiative was taken by M3M Foundation with an objective to instill awareness about the significance of sustainability amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was part of the Vriksh Arpan programme – a pledge to plant one million trees.
The plantation drive commenced in the morning. The saplings were primarily flowers and herbal plants such as Basil, Giloy, Curry Leaves, Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha, Lemongrass, Ginger, Garlic, Mint, Coriander, Mango, Guava, Lemon, Pomegranate among others.
“As India celebrates the 74th Independence Day amid the Covid-19 crisis, adoption of sustainability will play a pivotal role in making our country habitable for the future generation. Senior citizens are our role models for leading a harmonious co-existence with nature whereas these children are the leaders of tomorrow who will spearhead the sustainability revolution in India. The initiative is our small effort to give back to the Indian soil that has nurtured us over decades. It underscores our commitment to realise the vision of sustainable development in India,” said Dr Payal Kanodia, Trustee, M3M Foundation.
A resident of M3M Golf Estate and a participant said, “Trees ensure greenery and bring a lot of benefits to us. We must embrace greenery to prepare India for the future.”
A senior citizen, another resident of M3M Golf Estate and a participant said, “The older generation used to live in harmony with nature. The present time has made us realise its significance to go back to our roots and bring a positive change in society.”