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How these Kota Millennials are Making the Earth Greener with their NGO: Vriksha Foundation

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As per the Reports India is among the top three most polluted countries in the world and also out of 15 most polluted cities 14 exist in India.
According to the United Nations annual report 2018 on the environment, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate of 7 million hectares of forest being destroyed every year, an area roughly equal to the size of Portugal. Like every other student in India Manish and Shekhar two undergraduate engineering students from Rajasthan were unaware of the intense condition of pollution in India and were working on a tech-product in their college. After building their product they pitched in several competitions and finally got selected in SSEP(Rajasthan Government Initiative) and got a chance to visit Silicon Valley to learn about the startup ecosystem of Silicon Valley(USA).
                                                             
After reaching Silicon Valley they got to know about the problem of pollution and they saw that even companies like Google and Facebook were also working on different bio-tech products. They also interacted with biotech students of UC Berkely and Stanford University and learned about ongoing researches in the field of biology, agriculture, and forestry. They saw the advanced measures being taken to preserve the environment for the future generation. When they came back to India they realized India lacked those preservations & plantation techniques and very minimal research were being done in those fields. They did a lot of research and learn about new technologies that could be employed in the field of foresty and plantation like drone plantation, seed bombing, desert plantation, etc. Manish and Shekhar left their startups and established an NGO named Vriksha Foundation with lots of difficulties without having any prior knowledge of how it would work and what it would do.
They just had a vision of a green planet having at least one tree per person by 2030.
Vriksha Foundation
With time their team started to expand with environmental enthusiasts coming on board and now counts up to 180+ volunteers along with 12 core members.
Vriksha Foundation
As every building needs a strong foundation, Vriksha foundation had its pillars through Pawan Tiwari, Nitin Gupta and Sidharth Vijay who joined their hands and formed a strong base. Moving towards this mission they were supported by an environmentalist who was part of the a team that fought for the Mukundra Hills Forest, Mr. Tarumeet Singh Bedi. Recently they completed many plantation drives in schools, hospitals, orphanages agencies. They planted 527 saplings in the memory of all 527 martyrs of Kargil War on 26 July 2019 in the military camp at Kota. They have also started an initiative named GO GREEN and did plantation across all the petrol pump offices in Kota.
Vriksha Foundation
Recently they proposed a plan to make our future generation feel responsible for saving our environment. They have designed a program that would bring all the school students up to class 5 together to plant trees and students senior to them would take care of those planted saplings.
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Vriksha Foundation has also proposed a Greenathon Project with an objective to support youth-led new emerging solutions to global sustainable development challenges.
Vriksha Foundation
Young people are the engines of innovation who are ready to contribute to solutions for a healthy environment, safe climate, and a thriving clean economy. The goal of Greenathon is to unlock the natural innovative tendencies of youth to foster a generation of climate and development leaders that are collaborative implementers of green solutions.
Vriksha Foundation
Greenathon is an event open to all citizens. People may submit their idea for a solution that positively impacts the future of sustainable energy, water and sanitation, and green city development. As an author, I truly support Vriksha Foundation in its mission towards Greener Earth. Also, as a responsible Indian if you looking forward to supporting them, get in touch with the Vriksha Foundation team on their social handles. So, you remain aware of their initiatives around you!  Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn

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