March 14, Chandigarh:During Press Conference in Chandigarh Press Club Sector 27 Shubhendu Sharma, Founder of ‘Afforestt’ Said unveiling of ‘Guru Nanak Sacred Forests project’ and the ‘Breathing Punjab’ initiative . The press meet was addressed by a distinguished panel of environment lovers & experts from across India. Those who participated in the press meet included Shubhendu Sharma, Founder of ‘Afforestt’, who left a cushy job at Toyota, Japan, to follow his passion of creating urban jungles across India, Charan Singh, EcoSikh Forest Creator from Mumbai, Supreet Kaur, EcoSikh, President (India), Ravneet Singh, EcoSikh Project Manager (South Asia), Gaurav Gurjar, Jungle Tree Expert, Afforestt from Jodhpur, Manjula Sularia, Director, Prasanchetas Foundation, Chandigarh, Harpreet Kaur Bagga, EcoSikh Board Member (Ludhiana) and Ibadat Singh, VP (Ops), Datawind. EcoSikh’s first ever ‘Guru Nanak Sacred Forest’ in Bathinda at village Gill Patti to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. In a 3-day workshop organised by EcoSikh, over 80 trainees were taught the Miyawaki Afforestation Methodolgy and also practically trained by Shubhendu Sharma by building this 100 sq meter forest where they planted 350 trees.
Unveiling the details of the Guru Nanak Sacred Forest, EcoSikh’s Forest Creator, Charan Singh from Mumbai said, “Our 1st forest with Datar Educational and Environmental Trust includes 33 different native species that were planted by the world famous Miyawaki Japanese method and it is also the 1st Miyawaki forest in Punjab. EcoSikh will surpass the target of 1 million trees before the upcoming 550th gurpurab.”“I strongly believe that every EcoSikh can create one Guru Nanak Sacred Forest.” Added Charan Singh. Shubhendu Sharma who has planted 132 forests in 16 different countries explained, “We are happy to collaborate with EcoSikh to create sacred forests in the state of Punjab. The Miyawaki Afforestation Methodology of developing mini jungles is a very effective way to bring back Punjab’s lost forest cover. This is the most effective and natural way with which one can plant over 550 trees in 200 sq meters of space.
This is needed in North India as according to the 2018 World Air Quality Report, six cities of Punjab namely Mandi Gobindgarh, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Khanna and five cities of Haryana namely Gurugram, Faridabad, Jind, Rohtak and Punchkula have featured in the list of most polluted cities of the World. Among Punjab cities, Mandi Gobindgarh ranks at the top at 26th position followed by Amritsar at 57, Jalandhar at 82 and Ludhiana at 95 position.