- Embarks on mission to create rainforests in Telangana
- Introduces 'Heartfulness Green' an extension of the successful 'Green Kanha' Initiative with a target to plant, adopt and nurture over 10 Million trees across all its facilities and surroundings in the country
- Welcomes Employees of Google India for a tree planting session on World Environment Day 2018
Hyderabad, June 4th, 2018: Spurred by the success of Green Kanha, a successful initiative of shaping the microclimate of hundreds of acres of Kanha Shantivanam in Hyderabad, home to the global Headquarters of Heartfulness Institute ( www.heartfulness.org ) and its surroundings, Heartfulness Institute has kickstarted 3 major initiatives to continue its efforts of preservation, enrichment and sustenance of the ecosystems.As part of the initiatives Heartfulness Institute has:
- Earmarked 25 acres of land to create a mini-rainforest in Telangana
- Commits to 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.
Making Rainforest a Reality
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Kamlesh D Patel ( daaji.org ), Global Guide of Heartfulness said, "Green Kanha is a result of extraordinary efforts to recharge the dry and barren ecosystem into a flourishing green environment. It is now home to over 1.5 lakh trees, including indigenous and several of the IUCN red listed species amongst those being nurtured here. This has helped create a positive microclimate in and around Heartfulness region. This transformation encouraged us to do more and we have now embarked on the next mission. Testing the resilience of the rainforest species is an imperative in the current scenario of global climatic change and we are confident that the efforts and methods employed will create a new paradigm."
Over 300 species of tropical rainforest trees will be planted in the week these will 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 of ' Rainforest Conservation of India' published by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. Ramakantha says, "to begin with we will be developing 8-10 acres of land. The entire area 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; however, we are taking all necessary steps and we are guided by the power of Heartfulness to make this into a reality"
10 Million Trees Across the nation
'Heartfulness Green', a green initiative an extension of the Green Kanha initiative was 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.
Commenting on the occasion Mr. Ram Vithanala from Google India said "It's a pleasure to be associated with Heartfulness Institute for the last two years and I'm really happy the way the trees planted have been taken care off. We will be looking forward for the event, Dr. Ramakantha said,” Google teams have been participating in the growth of Green Kanha over the last 3 years and have helped spread of the message of green while at the same time understanding the subtleties of tree planting"
Green Kanha Initiative ( http://kanha.sahajmarg.org/green-kanha/ )
Kanha Shantivanam is an important centre of the Mission, situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the State of Telangana. The campus is being developed as a resplendent Green Space, hosting a wide variety of herbs, shrubs, and trees as part of the Green Kanha Initiative. More than 150,000 trees have already been planted and 1000 plus trees translocated from various regions. It is a continuous endeavor of the mission to increase this plantation manifold. Some of the species under threat include plants that are considered sacred and are of immense benefit to human beings and the environment. Under the Green Kanha Initiative, the emphasis is given to such ecologically, economically and socio-culturally important native tree species. Also, with a vision of Kanha Shantivanam playing the role of an ex-situ conservation centre, rare and threatened plant species are being collected from far and wide places within India, due diligence given to the positive ecological role that they could play in the decades and probably centuries to come.
Heartfulness is a system of Raja Yoga meditation founded at the turn of the 20th century. A century later, Heartfulness has been embraced globally by people of all walks of life, including civil society, government departments, schools, colleges, and the corporate world. Discover more at www.heartfulness.org. In over 130 countries and supported by thousands of certified volunteer trainers, over a million people are practicing Heartfulness. This number continues to grow globally through hundreds of Heartfulness Centers worldwide.