The Earth has been sustaining life for more than 3 billion years and the evolved form of human life has been around for almost 2,00,000 years.
So would you thank the planet for being our home since time immemorial?
A 7-year-old girl has travelled all the way to India from New Jersey, US, to do so in a unique way.
Isha Blokhra had recently learnt about the perils of global warming and significance of trees towards tackling the situation. Around the same time, Isha’s father’s birthday was approaching and upon asking what he wished to do on his special day, he left it to the little one to decide.
The fact that the Earth needed more trees for its own and our survival must have persisted in Isha’s growing mind.
“On your birthday, you are actually celebrating living one more year on planet Earth. So what can we do to thank the planet? Let’s grow a tree. My teachers told me that one tree gives oxygen to six people for life,” Isha had told her father, Raakesh.
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And the entire family decided to celebrate life on Earth and came up with a plan of planting a tree for each year that they had missed doing so, with a total being 750 trees.
They had headed to India to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Isha’s grandparents in June and decided on flagging off their plantation drive from here.
Getting in touch with all their friends and family members in the country for help, the family ended up connecting to singer Daler Mehndi through Facebook, whose Green Drive initiative has planted over 800,000 trees in the Delhi-NCR region since 1998.
Coupling with Daler Mehndi Green Drive, more people tagged along for the drive, including the singer himself, who planted 250 trees in Delhi last month.
The green drive has been named the IDO drive or the Isha Daler Oxygenate Drive.
With more children like Isha across the world becoming conscious towards the environment at such a tiny age, we know that there is hope.