Green India Initiative

PROJECT SHYAMALI

Green India Initiative Programme of Aim India Foundation is designed to "develop without destruction".

As one of the fastest-growing economies of the world and home to the second-largest human population, India is chasing an ambitious development agenda. It stands at a crossroads today and has the unique opportunity to champion a new way forward. It can work toward building a future where nature contributes to economic development and improves the lives of its people, while also allowing thousands of unique wildlife species to survive in harmony with humans.

Project SHYAMALI Vision :

To inspire people to plant trees, develop a culture of care towards the environment and make them realize their inevitable dependence on nature.

Project SHYAMALI Mission :

The project mission is to increase the green cover of in order to reverse desertification, reduce soil erosion, restore self-sufficiency, recreate sustainability and counteract climate change.

Project SHYAMALI inclusive social strategy involves people from every sector of society working together towards their shared environmental security and wellbeing. Through education and mass people participation, SHYAMALI has broken social divides and successfully involved businesses, NGOs, students, self-help groups, government agencies, farmers and villagers in this grassroots movement. Social mobilization strategy of Aim India Foundation is designed to rekindle hope, proactively and environmental responsibility, and bring about self-sufficiency that is in harmony with the ecosystem.

Be it compensatory forestation by engineering, cement, pharma and other sectors with a large carbon footprint, or commitment of Central and state governments to increase the green cover, tree planting is here to stay. Creating, recreating or protecting forest lands where new trees are constantly growing in place of old ones, creates a "sink" of carbon, thus sequestering the carbon footprint to a large extent. Consider this, for instance; the mangrove forests of Sundarbans, West Bengal, store around 4.15 crore tones of carbon dioxide in an area of about 2,118 sq km. Research also shows that with the mangroves under threat, this carbon sequestering is fast decreasing.

Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) trap the sun's heat and keep the Earth warm. When GHGs in the atmosphere (mainly carbon dioxide), increase to levels that upset the natural equilibrium, the atmosphere absorbs and holds more heat. The resultant rise in the Earth's temperatures causes extreme weather conditions directly affecting economies, biosecurity and health. By century's end, global temperatures will rise an additional 3-10 degree F (1.6-5.5 degree C). There has been an increase of 35-60% in CO2 emissions over the last 150 years. The main reasons are: The burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) & The conversion of forestlands to other uses (80% of the original forest cover on Earth has been cleared, fragmented or degraded).