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 Igniting Minds Supporting The All Assam Plantation Drive 

Date of Publish - Saturday, 12th October 2019

Igniting Minds has partnered with the student community of Assam for the ‘Hara Hai Toh Bhara Hai Green India Challenge’ being launched at educational campuses across Assam today and call upon all stakeholders to join the All Assam Plantation Drive. The brainchild of two final year students of Jorhat Engineering College, the drive has mobilized thousands of students across Assam to plant lakhs of saplings within the next two weeks.

“The mobilization of students is integral to climate action. Around the world, we are seeing massive protests by students under the Extinction Rebellion and Fridays For Future movements. In Assam, Igniting Minds are proud to support impactful grassroots climate action by the student community,” Rituraj Phukan, Associate Editor of Igniting Minds and COO of Walk For Water said, adding that “the united student community is the indication that we can still solve the climate crisis.”

“At a time when Amazon is half burnt, polar ice caps are melting, deforestation is at its peak with an unprecedented loss of biodiversity, there has to be something we can do. With numerous environmental challenges cropping up all over the planet, it’s high time we take things seriously,” said Harshajyoti Pathak, co-Founder of the All Assam Plantation Drive.

The Forest Man of India, Padmashri Jadav Payeng, a Patron for Igniting Minds, had planted the first sapling in Assam during the simultaneous launch of the ‘Hara Hai Toh Bhara Hai Green India Challenge’ last year to commemorate the passing of Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The movement has since received the support of millions including several celebrities from the sports, film, civil society and political arenas taking up the #HaraHaiTohBharaHai #GreenIndiaChallenge to plant and nurture at least three saplings.

In a message, the Padmashri Jadav Payeng welcomed the All Assam Plantation Drive and called upon the student community to ensure that the plants are nurtured and looked after. “We must make India green and healthy again and the involvement of the student community gives me great happiness and hope for the future,” he said.

“Today will mark the initialization of a never-ending trend where a whole state will come together to save nature and our collective future. Our aim is to plant lakhs of trees all over the state in the next two weeks, gathering volunteers all over the state, turning educational institutions into central hubs,” said Rohit Deka, co-Founder of the first-ever student-led mass plantation initiative in Assam. “We also aim to mobilize the student community in the entire northeast and across India for climate action,” he added.

Igniting Minds, in collaboration with the APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation and Walk For Water will be providing registered participants with the ‘Dr. APJ Vanamali Badge of Honour.’ In order to facilitate the process, participants are required to sign-up for the Green India Challenge on the Igniting Minds website and complete the registration by uploading three images of saplings planted. The social media challenge involves using these images to challenge at least three friends to join and plant three saplings, using the



on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Author :
M.Karunakar Reddy


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