Pune, January 2015 : “Smritivan” can be translated to its literal meaning as “Forest of memory”. We all have some really special people in our lives, be it family, friends or even ideals. Many reasons can do us apart from these people, be it circumstances, distances or even death. Though the aloofness of physical being of someone, we always cherish their existence in our minds through our memories. These memories, both sweet and sour, give us a warm feeling of being with our loved ones in an abstract way. TERRE has developed, in association with Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate change, a way to carry this idea a step further by embodying the existence of our dear ones in form of a tree! At Smritivan, each citizen can plant a tree in memory of their beloved family, friends and/or heroes or any incidence, moment or celebration.
The inaugural ceremony was on 30th of January 2015 at the hands of honorable minister of ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate change, Mr. Prakash Javdekar. He highlighted the significance of development of cities in harmony with nature. Thus the activity of tree plantation is extremely important and essential. The hills of city are barren at present and unclean too. People must carry a sense of responsibility towards city’s natural heritage. Through such campaigns as TERRE’s, local people get opportunity to associate with such initiatives. Honorable minister also underlined the duty by saying that our children should proudly thank us for the state of environment as we render it to them. This can happen only if we conserve and beautify the nature.
The barren and stark hills of the cities await for their latent heroes who come together actively and liven them. Smritivan is such an initiative that brings together such heroes by not just promoting tree plantation but in fact enlivening each hero’s inspiration and love. In her introductory speech, TERRE’s president, Dr. Vinitaa Apte, explained how this activity will be coordinated by TERRE. TERRE will be the caretaker of these plants after the participants plant them. It will look after providing of water and fertilizers (organic) to these plants. Each plant will bear proud name of the person in whose memory that plant has been planted.
This new manner of conducting plantation drive will definitely succeed as it owns participation and support of politicians, NGOs, students and more importantly, each common man, as rightly pointed out by Mr. Rajendra Shende, TERRE Chairman. He said, that this plantation drive is unique because of such diverse participation.
Readers can participate and thus plant a tree in memory of loved ones by registering on TERRE website.