The Tree of Life
From Ancient Vedas (5000 yrs.), to Ancient manuscripts of Knowledge, stored in various forms round the world- Trees were revered, as God’s Gift to this World, NOT ONLY, for the purification of the air we breathe, through Photosynthesis; the ‘Sink Action’ of Trees- absorbing heat, CO2, reducing air pollutants, absorbed thru root systems- toxic gases below ground, filtration of surface water run offs, down Tap Root systems and ‘Hydraulic Lift’- pulling back up, thru Tap Roots, from deep underground, water stored during Monsoons, to feed subsurface carpet of roots( hence we experience Natures’ coolness in a Tree Grove).
(Tree Saplings, staked and cared for, Lumpini Park, Bangkok)
Most Important of God’s Gift – Nature’s Sounds.
Sights, sounds and smell is vital for our soul and inner wellbeing and health. Absorbed by our Consciousness, without realising. Hear soft music/ nature’ sounds in an ICU room? Imagine a World without Trees and God’s Gifts- like Easter Island- a Polynesian island in the southwest Pacific Ocean, part of Chile. Negative effect of biotic pressure by Citizens.
Wikipedia – Deforested the island, in the process of creating and transporting their 887, Monumental Statues ‘MOAI’ (1100- 1680 AD). Disappearance of the island’s Trees seems to coincide with decline of RAPA NUI Civilization @ 18 Century. No wood, no new fishing vessels- no fish. Birds over harvested. People malnutrition- exposed ribs and no nesting place. Cannibalism. Self defence? Living in dugouts / caves to avoid being eaten by each other. Peak population @ 15000 in year 1800 AD, declined to 2000-3000 in year 1722 AD, European arrivals.
These are Concepts, Ideas and Solutions, that even a 4-year-old child can understand.
When the Mother of a 4-year-old Son- connects – Asthma of her son and the relief- Vacuum of Street/ subsoil water, of Pollutants by Green Trees cover. The mother generates an unstoppable disruptive force for change. From Village elders, to Lawmakers, to Sanctioning and Regulatory Authorities throughout India- demanding for Clean, Natural Air/ water for her son. As a fundamental right.
When the sick and the Old make the connection- between Nature’s Sounds and their inner Wellbeing. There is a parallel force for change, moving at the speed of the Internet. This is a ‘ made in India ’. Ancient Concepts and Solutions, relevant in the Modern World, for the well being of every child and Adult on this planet.
Welcome to Real World Practices. By local Municipality, Mumbai.
(Ram Mandir Temple, Pavement. S.V. Road, Borivli-w, Mumbai)
Neither the Tree Authority nor their outsourced Tree ‘pruning’ Contractors, have any Educational Qualifications, specific to Tree Maintenance, pruning and practices.It is like a pass class, MBBS, confidently doing brain surgery, on a loved one.No transparency on funds allocation and projects undertaken for scientific Tree maintenance and nurture, for years. RTI’ came back with vague replies.
So the next time, you see an old healthy tree being needlessly hacked. Please do not walk away. Stop. Ask questions of the Tree cutters. Why cut? Ask to be shown, the Municipal specific Tree permit and job order, as most mature trees are numbered. Take a photo with your phone, of the Tree, being cut with workers. Dial 100, giving location. If old trees go into shock, they may not recover- we lose.
Twitter and ‘social media’ the offence. Then maybe, just maybe, We, you and I , together can stop the rape of our precious Trees. Hacked for Commercial value- being sold as a cheap ‘free’, alternative to coal. In demand by Crematoriums, Brick Kilns, Open Blast furnaces, etc. At the cost of the Health of every Citizen of Mumbai, for generations to come.
(Divine Homes, next to Mary Immaculate School, Borivli-w, Mumbai.)
Maharashtra Preservation of Trees Act 1975- penalty for chopping includes a minimum fine of Rs. 1000 and a maximum of Rs. 5000 WITH imprisonment from a week to a year.I have never seen anyone actually charged- fined AND put in prison! Have you?
(Divine Homes, opp. St Francis School playground, Borivli-w, Mumbai.)
‘Plantation Drives’ are mostly a ‘photo ops’ event. A Copper Pod Tree/ Red Mayflower (Peltophorum Pterocarpum) sapling, with sustained care and pruning, takes approx. 5 years to first bloom and a further 5 years to self-sustaining maturity. Hence the chances of the Tree cover being ’renewed’ are very slim. If our existing old trees, with no proper care and nurture, are brutally hacked. That’s it. We get a landscape like ’Easter Island’.
Mumbai will have one of the World’s dirtiest Air (present no.1- Delhi at 153 micrograms per cubic meter – WHO Survey 2013). Invisible PM2.5 (Particulate matter particles <2.5 micrometers & called ‘fine’ particles), that embed forever in our Lung sacs and trigger Asthma & COPD attacks, respiratory diseases and Cardiovascular diseases- heart attacks, strokes. (www.epa.gov/airnow ).
Mumbai’ Citizens will turn seriously sick. A shocking event, rape of our trees, repeated all over India, over and over again. Without remorse.
A 35 year old Copper pod Tree with a healthy 12” dia , 30’ long vertical branch- hacked! Without proper reason !
(Pavement of Mary Apartments)
(I.C. Colony, Rd. 03, Mount Poinsur)
(Borivli west, Mumbai- 400103)
The answer is to give, less importance to ‘grow more’ and more importance to saving, nurturing our existing Tree cover and a dynamic Environment. All over India.
It entails our Municipalities, Law and Order Organisations and Sponsors being more proactive, protecting and actively promoting, a clean, green, Vibrant Environment and Commerce.
The Swiss Government passed it’s first ever Plant Bill of Rights. Plants have moral and legal Protection. (www.viewzone.com/plants).
(Clean and Environmentally friendly street Hawkers, Bangkok)
It entails Corporates (Banks, Private Firms, etc), as part of CSR, adopt areas in their Sales / Catchment areas of operation, to protect and Nurture existing Tree Cover and actively innovate and promote, for a Clean and Green, Eco Friendly Environment. Lord Buddha sat under the ‘Bodhi’ (Pepul tree). Enlightenment? Blessings- Tree releases Oxygen at night- sleep healthy, sleep well.
It entails Schools, Colleges and Educational Institutions, adding a Vedic Course study, on Plant and Tree Systems, Environmental Laws and Trees Protection and Maintenance methods. Sir Dr. Jagdish Chandra Bose, his invention of the ‘Crescograph’, electrically measuring, the nervous system of plants, plant Physiology and that plants and trees suffer pain, respond to caring and have an almost psychological response to human interaction. The Vedic belief ‘in the Unity of all things in Nature’.
As well as, Off-beat fun things, in sustaining projects to enrich and bring a smile to the Neighborhood, as part of Social Awareness and Responsibility, helping Citizens to a richer, fuller & healthier lives.
It entails planning and implementing, green, cost effective, alternate modes of city commute. Less pressure and pollution on our existing transportation systems- Roads, rail, bus and vehicular Traffic.
ELU (Existing Land Use Plans), uploaded by local Municipalities, for alternate transportation systems.
We as Indians, need to stop being passive, but active campaigners for an Environment in partnership with Nature, to give us Citizens – green and healthy Trees, clean Beaches, Vibrant Mangroves and Forests, clean renewable water bodies, interlaced with a Transparent, Vibrant, law abiding, self governing Economy. We are one Nation, one Environment – let’s not squander God’s gifts to mankind.