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How a Group of Transgender Persons Adopted Trees to Save Them from the Axe in Mumbai

Four transgender persons from Mumbai have set an example for every citizen in the country by their act of kindness towards the fauna of the city.

These transgender persons, who earn their daily bread by begging at the traffic signal in Malad West, came forward to adopt median plants to save them from getting chopped under the citizen initiative Adopt a Plant.

Image for representation only. Source: By Christopher J. Fynn, via Wikimedia Commons

For the Metro-III corridor, thousands of ornamental plants lining the medians between Dahisar and Andheri are to be uprooted. Aware citizens have come forward to save the plants from the axe and have started the initiative Adopt a Plant that is calling out to Mumbaikars to adopt these plants and take them to their housing societies.

According to a report by Mid Day, the initiative has seen a great response and residents from all over the city have adopted the plants. People from areas like Dombivli, Ghatkopar and Wadala too have come forward.


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“Worrel Gonsalves and Jatin Belani, volunteers associated with the initiative found four transgender persons who make a living by begging at the traffic signal helping other members of the initiative dig out the plants, and later adopting a few of them,” environmentalist Dr Subhajit Mukherjee told Mid Day.

He also informed that around 10-15 transgender persons from different areas, including Dadar and Chembur, have adopted over 200 median plants from between Kandivli and Malad.

Under the Adopt a Plant initiative, over 1000 citizens have adopted over 5,000 plants in the last 15 days. The group of citizens has now launched another campaign titled Each One Teach One to Plant One, under which the volunteers will visit housing societies to encourage them to plant trees and inform them about transplantation and adoption.

Featured image credit: Mid Day

To know more about the Adopt a Plant initiative, visit here.

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