Gadkari promises to plant 125 Crore trees along India’s roads

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced his ambitious plan to plant 125 crore trees, or 1 tree per person along state & national highways in the next 5 years. 

This would mean that the govt will have to plant approximately 6,85,000 trees every single day (the countdown has already begun). That seems quite unrealistic doesn’t it?

Even if the government somehow manages to pull it off, you should know that India has an extremely low tree per person ratio for a growing economy that is as large (area-wise) as ours. In 2015, there were 3500 Crore trees in India, or 28 trees per person (only).

Also, we cannot ignore the rate at which we have been cutting trees in the last 4 years (surely very high!) and the fact that global agencies are constantly questioning our methodology and accusing our govt of grossly overstating estimates, the situation may be much worse than we think.

Our take: 

We’re going to have to plant a lot more trees (than we cut) if we want to create enough carbon sinks that can help us slow down the impacts of climate change, which are already being felt with the temperature records breaking year after year. 

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