Bringing the green cover back in Bangalore

 The Trust plants trees for free to anyone who offers a place for planting and is willing to look after the sapling that has been planted. The Trust has planted 11,650 saplings in Bangalore so far. They cover a distance of 25 kms from the city centre. Whenever trees are planted on the roadside, the BBMP provides the Trust with tree guards.

Also, the Trust has carried out joint programmes in Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli ranges of the BBMP Forest Dept. They have more than 2000 requests for planting on the roadside and are awaiting supply of bamboo tree guards from BBMP.

Meanwhile, the Trust also runs run by volunteers. Volunteers look for places for planting, help in office work, and design and update their web site. It is the volunteers who pitch in for the sapling planting programmes.

A group of environment conscious youth have come forward to pitch in for watering the saplings which has enabled the Trust to plant on the median of JP Nagar Ring Road starting from Bannerghatta road junction and have reached Illyas Nagar. They not only pay for the water tankers, but are present every Sunday morning to water the plants themselves. They are eager that this work continues and reaches Mysore Road. 

Vidya, a group of youngsters from Gunjur, have undertaken to water the saplings which have been planted by the organisation on all the roads going out from their village.

The Trust’s main constraint is the lack of proper transport for ferrying the saplings, treeguards, tools and labour, when it comes to planting saplings in the distant corners of Bangalore.

Janet Yegneswaran offers the following tips to make the city a greener place:

nInstead of crying over trees being cut in Bangalore, which is, unfortunately a necessity for a developing city, look out for places where it can be planted, watered and nurtured by the public. It could be schools, colleges, hospitals, residential layouts or footpaths.
nWhen you spot a place, (it need not be on the main roads), contact people around for watering them. Tell them the saplings will be planted free, inform us and we will do the rest. If like-minded  people come together for this mission of planting trees, the green cover of Bangalore can be brought back.

nDo not wait for Earth Day, Environment Day etc., to plant trees, because time’s running out. The best time to plant trees was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. It is about time we came out of conducting awareness campaigns, to save our environment.

nIf you find trees being harmed for no reason like concreting up to the base, choking and debarking to kill trees, chopping only to make room for signboards or window displays, remember you have a right to question. It is your future that is threatened!

You can contact Janet Yegneswaran at ph: 9845449703 or log on to  or for details

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Sea ice controls world’s weather

Frozen sea water. Unlike the mighty ice sheets and glaciers that rest on the bedrock of Greenland and Antarctica, sea ice forms and melts on the surface of the ocean. The amount of sea ice waxes and wanes with the seasons. It forms in the winter and melts in the summer.

Where is it found?

In the deep south and the far north. The freezing conditions of a polar winter are harsh enough to freeze seawater on a large scale. Sea ice in the Arctic gets most attention because it covers the North Pole and much of the Arctic Ocean for miles around, even in the summer. Antarctic sea ice, along the continent’s coast, tends to melt in the southern summer.

The Guardian

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