After the success of Green Kanha Heartfulness Institute has kickstarted 3 major initiatives to continue its efforts of preservation, enrichment and sustenance of the ecosystems. It is the step for shaping a new reality for the green future.
As part of the initiatives Heartfulness Institute has marked 25 acres of land to create a mini-rainforest in Telangana, planting, adoption and nurturing 10 Million Trees over one year as part of Heartfulness Green initiative across all its centres in India, Associates with Google employees to plant 300 trees in Kanha Shantivanam as part of its efforts to involve the community and spread awareness about the importance of growing trees and spreading the green message on 5th and 6th June 2018 as part of World Environment Day initiative.
Kamlesh Patel global guide of Heartfulness said they put extraordinary efforts in the Green Kanha to recharge the dry and barren ecosystem into a flourishing green environment. The place is now home to over 1.5 lakh trees, species and helped create a positive microclimate in and around Heartfulness region. The transformation encouraged them on to their next mission testing the resilience of the rainforest species is an imperative in the current scenario of global climatic change.
As part of the project over 300 species of typical rainforest trees will be planted in the week which include several rare, endemic and threatened species like Artocarpus Lakoocha, Artocarpus Hirsutus, Diospyros condoliana among the emergent species, Vateria indica, Garcinia dalbotis from the top canopy, Persia macrantha, Oroxylum indicum from middle canopy, Baliospermum montanum from understorey and Barleria strigose and others from the ground cover.
These valuable seedlings and saplings have been procured from MS Swaminathan Research Foundation- Wayanad, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala, Shivaji University-Kolhapur, Foundation for Revitalisation of Rural Health Traditions, Bengaluru, Forest Department of Karnataka and Grameena Krishi Vijnana Kendra, Bengaluru.
Heartfulness Trainer and one of the editors ‘Rainforest Conservation of India’ published by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. Ramakantha says,”We will be developing 8-10 acres of land needs to be prepared to receive the rainforest tree species. Special rain-guns that continuously spray water from 50/100 feet will be installed in this area to keep the area moist and all other measures will be taken to create a microclimate for conducive for the growth of some of the delicate species. This is a very arduous task not attempted before in an unconnected ecosystem far away from a rainforest.”
‘Heartfulness Green’ is an extension of the Green Kanha initiative launched across all Heartfulness Institutes facilities in the country to mark the World Environment Day. This initiative includes plantation of trees in the respective facilities, adopting of roads, lakes, villages towards increasing the green cover. As part of this year’s commitment the Institute will plant 10 million trees across its centres.
For the third time in a row, Google India Team from Hyderabad will be participating in a tree plantation drive at Kanha Shantivanam, the global headquarters of Heartfulness Institute. Google India employees will participate in the drive on 5th and 6th June and will be involved in planting of the saplings from preparing the pits, putting in the nourishment needed, lowering the plants into the pits, watering and covering the pits.