This project will provide 1,000 saplings for the Green Rhinos to plant in the Sundarbans, a large tidal mangrove forest in West Bengal, India. The Green Rhinos are youth nature leaders trained and empowered by ASED Kolkatato and they are playing their role in addressing the pressing issue of environmental degradation in Sundarbans, a World Heritage Site.
The Sundarbans is one of the world's largest mangrove forests and also one of its most biologically productive natural ecosystems. However, due to global warming, logging, shrimp farming, encroaching cities, and other harmful activities, the Sundarbans are in severe danger. Erosion, deforestation, and loss of indigenous species are all becoming serious threats to the region. Restoration efforts are still possible, but funds and labor needed to restore this vital ecosystem are in short supply.
The 1000 saplings planted by this project will help restore indigenous species, pull CO2 from the atmosphere,and provide habitat for indigenous wildlife. Additionally, this program will enable dozens of Sundarbans students to preserve their local environment, and will unite the community in working towards a sustainable future. The Green Rhinos in the Sundarbans have identified the project to plant 1000 saplings. Each sapling costs only $0.75 USD, so every donation counts!
The saplings planted by the Green Rhinos will ensure a more stable natural environment in the Sundarbans by restoring deforested areas to their natural state. The project itself will inspire a new generation of leaders in India's environmental struggle who will impact countless others, spreading awareness and inspiring action in the Sundarbans and beyond.
Article in Ashoka India