The morning of August 26 was warm, sunny and bright - a perfect herald for the tree plantation which the students of Year one of the Diploma Programme enthusiastically partook in. Upon their arrival at the site, the organizers of the activity, Iamgurgaon, an NGO that seeks to effect the transformation of Gurgaon into a sustainable millennium city, explained to the students the significance of planting trees and ways in which they can contribute to restoring green cover in Gurgaon. Iamgurgaon maintains that every person should plant a minimum of six trees in their lifetime to contribute to the well-being and protection of the environment.
A city should have approximately 15% of green forest cover, but in Gurgaon there is a meager 3.59%. Through the collaborative efforts of the government, citizens, corporates and schools, Iamgurgaon aims to restore fresh air, open spaces and clean environment in Gurgaon. To contribute to this cause, each student planted a sapling. The students intend to nurture these saplings and see to it that they grow into robust trees-the lungs of their city.
Contributing to the fight of guarding the planet from an imminent doom was a fulfilling experience for everyone. “The tree-plantation drive today brought a sense of profound satisfaction. It was a delight to work with friends, and at the same time learn how we can make a difference,” said Manasvi Kalra. Another student, Ria Malhotra, truly summed up the initiative- “It was a fulfilling experience to give back to the Earth and ensure a better future for us all. I only wish we had more time and we could plant more saplings. I look forward to coming back and taking care of these saplings.”