An exponential increase in plantations, agricultural land, and dams has led to widespread deforestation in India, resulting in more farming pests, disruption of rainfall patterns, rising temperatures, and decreased air quality.
What we’re doing to help
With the help of the Greening Tamil Nadu project, launched in 2011, in collaboration with the Japanese Government and India’s Department of Forestry, we have helped farmers and schoolchildren plant 1.3 million trees over the past 25 years, through:
- Creating forest fields: Trees use CO2 to build their trunks, branches, roots, and leaves; they are natural carbon absorbers. One acre of new forest can sequester approximately 2.5 tons of carbon annually. VOICE Trust is working with motivated local governments and farmers to establish dedicated forrest fields and combat greenhouse gas emissions. Fifteen townships in Tamil Nadu have joined in on the effort to plant thousands of trees in dedicated spaces. Our united goal is to ensure a healthy and sustainable environment for future generations.
- Tree planting in schools: Educating school children about the ways in which trees improve the environment has both immediate and long-term impacts. VOICE Trust conducts regular workshops in local schools to instill an appreciation of the environment in the next generation while providing kids with the knowledge necessary to both successfully plant new trees and understand the positive impacts of their actions. In these workshops, VOICE Trust staff teach school children how to properly nurture tree saplings, and to calculate the carbon absorption of mature trees.
- Focused Tree Planting Events: VOICE Trust has participated in several large-scale events wherein communities work together to plant hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of trees in a single day. These “Million Trees in a Day” events take place throughout India and the world, bringing large groups of people together to promote climate awareness while taking tangible steps to improve the local and global environment.
- Distributing trees to promote economic recovery after a disaster: When the Gaja Cyclone uprooted 90% of the trees in its path, we were there to distribute coconut sapling to help farmers regrow their plantations.
VOICE Trust is proud to have helped committed farmers and communities replenish their land. We are committed to creating a healthier climate, protecting biodiversity, and supporting reforestation efforts in and around Tamil Nadu.