Celebrate ‘Vrikshabandhan’ With Us On Rakhee Say These Children

Celebrate ‘Vrikshabandhan’ With Us On Rakhee Say These Children

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Hema, from Delhi’s Pahar Ganj has fought to save a banyan tree from being felled illegally last week and her message this year too, is clear. Lets promise to protect our trees every year, just like we promise to look out for our siblings. Trees give us life. We need them, she says.

One year after they protested against tree felling planned in Sarojini Nagar and six other government colonies in New Delhi by doing a “Chipko’’ or hugging trees to save them, a group of school going children returned to tie a Rakhee to the ‘Pilkhan’ tree that survived and still stands in the debri of a demolition drive.

School children form a circle around a “Pilkhan’’ tree in New Delhi. They had saved it from being felled in a demolition drive last year.
School children form a circle around a “Pilkhan’’ tree in New Delhi. They had saved it from being felled in a demolition drive last year.
Image Courtesy: Bhavreen Kandhari
Given Delhi’s’ toxic air levels it is difficult to believe that large scale demolition of well built flats and massacre of thousands of trees is considered  development. So this year again we celebrate “Vrikshabandhan” and tie Rakhees to trees who are our saviours. Hope the government can hear us and save trees today tomorrow and forever. 
Asheer,  Student, 15 
Every year, just as sisters tie Rakhees to brothers who in turn promise to protect them we will celebrate Vrikshabandhan and pledge to protect trees because trees give us life.
Hema, Student
School children tying a Rakhees to protect a tree
School children tying a Rakhees to protect a tree
Image: Bhavreen Kandhari
A bond for ‘life’, Vrikshabandhan
A bond for ‘life’, Vrikshabandhan

For the last two years children have been greatly influenced by the citizen protests around the chopping of trees in Nauroji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and other GPRA colonies. Amongst the primary sufferers of air pollution they joined the protest movements by tying threads around trees and asking the government to protect the trees which in turn protect them.
Bhavreen Khandari, Environmental Activist

With her ‘’ School Strike For Climate Change ‘’ campaign, sixteen year old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has inspired young people from around the world to speak up for their right to a healthy planet. Her calling is echoed by these children in the capital whose unique message to protect the city’s green cover has already helped save trees around the city.

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