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What started as a seed of an idea of planting trees by young monks called Go Green Go Organic, with the blessings of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, is today a region’s response to the challenges of Climate change. Green Himalayas who shared the core mandate to preserve the fragile Himalayan environment joined hands and has supported them over the last nine years. This is increasingly becoming a movement in Ladakh as more and more communities join what can only be called the “organic green revolution”. The 10 phases of plantation have been driven across eastern ends of Ladakh, mainly in the areas of in Durbuk, Tangtse, Tharuk, Shachukul, Phulak, Yerath, Merak, Kargyam, Lalok, Maan, Phobrang, Agyam Nubra, Skurbuchan and Mugleb. These have incrementally grown with support from local communities, local administrative council, forest departments, Goba (panchayat), DIHAR and monastics from the region. So far over 3,50,000 saplings of willows, sea buckthorn, tamarisk, poplar have been planted. Green Himalayas, and the communities it works with, feel privileged to be part of something that is bigger than themselves. The project aims to show that inspired and empowered local action supported by persistent global support can change the way we deal with climate change. Climate change and related issues can be managed sustainably in the most hostile terrains that suffer severe weather conditions and have almost no infrastructure.
The community of Chushul has been busy over the last few months to prepare the ground zero for the 1lakh 50 thousand trees to be planted. They have marked out the plots, fenced them to deter grazing animals, dug holes at specific distances for the health of the trees and the irrigation channels and much more. With the support of Go Green Go Organics, LAHDC and Green Himalayas has been a constant partner in encouragement and giving support of solidarity in tools, management and infrastructure to the hyer-local initiative of combating climate change. There have been mapping exercises carried out of the plantation sites using drones which will allow the live updates of the trees planted on the 5th of June and beyond.
Powered by TreeTies, Green Himalayas has increasingly been exploring the use of technology to monitor the life of the planted sapling. The intent is to use technology to build the relationship between the local custodian community and the support groups across the nation, while bridging the gap across the distances.
The tech edge also allows the creation of circles of collaborations between all stakeholders. From knowledge partners like DRDO to Vimana Technologies that operate the mapping and API (Application Programming Interface).This allows the building of trust and keeping checks and balances in place to achieve scale-from the life and growth status of the trees to the financial outlays.
We see ourselves as a part of a national coalition platform powered by TreeTies with a singular goal of a greener and cooler earth. To work in collaboration with all stakeholders – Social, Ecological, Technical, Governments and Industries towards the singular SDG 2030 Agenda of addressing climate change actions to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.