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    Do your bit for  your city with #SaplingChallenge

    This had been a rather different summer for Bengaluru. The city, known for its cool weather, recorded a scorching 39.2 degree celsius, and was hotter than Chennai and Delhi on some days.
    In this direction, city-based NGO SayTrees has launched a Facebook campaign called #SaplingChallenge, on the lines of the famous Ice Bucket Challenge. They aim to restore the city’s depleting green cover, and that, we all know, can turn around our environment for better. Last year, they had carried out a plantation drive involving corporates.
    Here, you are supposed to pledge to plant a sapling, donate `300 on the NGO’s website, and nominate five Facebook friends to do the same. The NGO’s volunteers will look after your sapling for an entire year. These saplings will then be planted on June 5, on the occasion of World Environment Day, at a BBMP-protected area in Kalyan Nagar. They have sourced 18 types of saplings, including jackfruit, jamun, mango, neem, honge (Indian beech), and some mahoganies.
    The donor must be present at the venue to plant his or her sapling. Durgesh Agrahari, ex-banker who is now in-charge of partnerships and projects at the NGO, tells us, “We want people to experience the joy of planting a sapling with their own hands. We will provide gardening tools, manure, and strong sticks to support the delicate plants. This might encourage them to plant saplings in their localities as well.”
    The campaign has clocked more than 465 pledges so far. And the NGO has already starting prepping the venue for the plantation drive by cleaning it up, and digging pits.
    Details: saytrees.org
    — Barkha Kumari

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