By Muslim Mirror
Guwahati, March 21, 2022: Green Earth, a tree plantation project conceptualised by HaFSA Foundation, a trust working in the rural areas of Barak Valley, was launched on Sunday at Al Firdaus Kasim Mufti Kabargah at Rajghat in Cachar District of Assam. Green Earth project aims at plantation of perennial flowering trees and Triphola plants in community land such as school and college compounds, cemeteries, places of community prayer and so on.
The Green Earth is only one of the many projects on which HaFSA Foundation is working at the moment. Some of the projects include promotion of reading habits among people, helping budding writers in the publication and sale of their books, encouraging research and study in the culture and history of the region etc.
The Green Earth tree plantation project launch was preceded by a conclave on the theme “Perennial tree plantation in community land: challenges and opportunities.” Speaking as the keynote speaker on the occasion, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) said, “Plants give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil, and give life to the flora and fauna of the world. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. It’s time to re-learn the utility of trees in our life.” While appreciating the noble initiative of HaFSA Foundation, Hoque assured all possible support to the project besides donating 1,000 saplings to carry forward the project in a big way.
Abid Raja Majumdar, researcher and historian, stated “Trees are nature’s precious creations. Trees are here on earth a few million years before the arrival of humankind and are an extremely crucial part of the ecology and its functioning. It is impossible to imagine the existence of any life forms on the face of the earth without the trees.”
The formal launch of the project was done through the plantation of a Krishnachura sapling by Mahbubul Hoque in presence of Prof Alauddin Mondol (Assam University), Prof Sabir Ahmed Chowdhury (MC Das College), and Jalal Ahmed Majumder (Silchar Development Authority). HaFSA Foundation also signed six MoUs with different organisations for their active association with the Green Earth project. Ms Surekha Bedi, environmentalist will act as an associate of the project while Rose Nursery, Lanka and Green Nursery, Islamabad will function as professional partners of the project.