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Trees Integral Part Of Us, yes our Lives are closely connected with trees and its resources.
Watch this video: The City at War Over Its Trees
Trees An Integral Part us Tree’s Role In Global Warming
Every year we celebrate the environment day on June 5th with a lot of fervor and activities. Our media, print and visual, put forward a lot of stuff in this connection about the coming peril, the alarming global warming. It was good that many could take some kind of precaution towards it.
Every year we celebrate the environment day on June 5th with a lot of fervor and activities. Our media, print and visual, put forward a lot of stuff in this connection about the coming peril, the alarming global warming.
It was good that many could take some kind of precaution towards it.
If the present lifestyle continues, no doubt we will be caught up in this peril. It is upsetting to note that cars, air-crafts, air conditioners, bulbs, etc… and the way of life that causes global warming.
If we go on at this rate, the level of heat increases and it will definitely be a great threat to the earth’s species as well as humans.
Trees an integral part of us – Tree planting and Climate change
Another report says that “the world has just 10 years to reverse surging greenhouse gas emissions or risk runaway climate change that could make any parts of the planet uninhabitable.” This is a great warning from the scientific world.
They conclude that unless mankind rapidly stabilizes greenhouse gas emissions and start reducing them, it will have little chance of keeping global warming within manageable limits.
The result could be great destruction. The present alarming high rate of oil addiction is yet another a great threat.
It is high time that we think seriously for a Great New Deal, that we must start the action needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before we end up in disaster.
Trees are an integral part of the human race. The benefits we receive from a tree are many. It has been estimated that a palm tree is useful to man in more than 250 ways.
It is also estimated that an ordinary tree inhales approximately 14,000 liters of carbon dioxide, and exhales double the quantity of oxygen for human consumption and survival.
Sad to say, these days even the civic authorities are cutting down trees in the name of development. But unfortunately, many do not know the consequences of their negligent activities. The massacre of trees means putting an ax to the very existence of the human race.
Watch This Video – The Massive Tree Removal With Huge Machines
No doubt, the continuous felling of trees will cause irreparable damage to the already perishing flora and fauna of our country.
The need of the hour is to carefully plan and plant more and more saplings in and around our dwelling place.
Check out this wonderful video below – A different celebration with Trees
A government school teacher celebrating her birthday with her school children by distributing tree sapling to each student.
A wonderful lesson to emulate by one and all.
Also, we need to seriously think about curtailing the felling of trees by implementing strict rules by the administration.
The truth is that it is more profitable to leave a tree standing than fell it.
A recent study says that “There is a direct loss of over Rupees fifty thousand per year for each tree that is cut or removed from its place. It is also estimated that one tree yields oxygen worth thirty thousand rupees.
If we cut trees at the current alarming rate, (Watch the video: The Australian Tree Cutter at the bottom of this knol) soon we will need to install oxygen manufacturing units in every corner of the nations, especially in the urban area which would cost a very high price that no government can afford.
Trees are an integral part of the human race. The benefits we receive from a tree are many. Click To Tweet
Trees absorb water from the ground, and then through transpiration, transmit this water to air as water vapor. Thus, they help maintain the atmospheric equilibrium.
The study says another rupees ten thousand will be spent per tree on the other miscellaneous functions a tree performs preventing soil erosion, providing shade, food, fruit and of course, fuel (provided by the dead branches and manure made of decomposed leaves).
In short, the cost of replacing a single felled tree proves expensive indeed!
Just calculate the price of several thousand of trees removed from the earth every day all over the world. There is no doubt that this is a serious issue.
Trees Are An Integral Part of Us: What the Religious Texts Say:
Let us have a look at the religious texts in this connection, what it has to say on this:
Trees Are An Integral Part of Us What Hindu Scriptures Says
In the Bhagwad Gita Krishna says that our world is like a banyan tree that has different branches. These branches are where different species of humans and animals exist. It says, “A tree’s leaves, flowers, fruits, shades, roots, skin wood, pulp even the charcoal, everything, it gives to humans for their use.
In short, whatever they have they give it to others and they live a selfless life. How precious and satisfied are their lives”.
In the Padmapuranam, another Hindu Scripture, we read, “The one who plants a tree by the wayside is a blessed man. He receives the blessings from heaven as long as it bears flowers, leaves, and fruits”.
The tree was part and parcel of the human race from the very beginning.
It was so closely connected with human beings. Trees not only connected with human beings but the animal kingdom too depends on trees.
Trees Are An Integral Part of Us What Quran Says
The Quran also has numerous passages that describe the lush gardens and trees in heaven, highlighting their value not only in this world but their significance in the hereafter. There are several sayings from the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that relate the importance of trees and plants in Islam.
Planting trees is regarded as an act of charity (sadaqa) and the planter receives blessings from all those who benefit from it:
Allah’s Messenger said, “There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.”
Trees Are An Integral Part of Us What The Bible Says
In the Book of Genesis (the first book of the Bible) after the creation of man, Lord God said,
“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”. (Genesis 1:28-29).
“He planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:8-9).
Famous Personalities on Trees:
Poet Kabir wrote “Trees live a sacrificial life; soul body and everything they have they give to others with a sacrificial mind. They are the real munificent, they are the great benevolence. The ones who do service to such trees they receive God’s blessings”.
President Roosevelt said, “How sad will be a childless life! A nation without enough trees and greenery is also like a childless couple”.
Jawaharlal Nehru said, “Planting plants and trees and meeting its needs shows a nation’s welfare and wealthiness”.
Goutam Buddha said, “Trees are the best examples of selfless service. For their existence they never demand anything from anybody, instead, they provide many good things for the welfare of the people. Even the person who puts his ax on its bottom, it gives him shadow till its fall.
The Australian Tree Cutter – A YouTube Video
Watch this video: “The Tree cutter from Australia”.
Let the people who mercilessly cut the trees take note of the great danger they are causing. Here is a horrifying video that narrates how mercilessly the innocent trees are being killed in machine speed.
The Pumpkin Mourned a Death
She thus allowed it to remain where it was and since the family was not interested in cutting it down they almost forgot about it.
Days passed by, Chittamma fell sick and died.
It so happened that while we were all assembled near her death-bed, sad and morose, that pumpkin, in full view of her, broke itself off the creeper and rolled down from the thatched roof on to the ground below.
The fall almost to the minute coincided with her death.
Later, this pumpkin was used for her own post-death ceremonies on the suggestion of my friend’s father who felt that probably the pumpkin was being kept for this very special occasion.
Chittamma’s death and the coincidental death of the pumpkin still remain a mystery to me.
Death of Trees An experience of a Reader
“The mother of a friend of mine, (lovingly I call her ‘Chittamma’—mother’s younger sister) had planted a pumpkin creeper near their ancestral house compound at Valanjavattom near Thiruvalla (Kerala) that had a portion with a thatched roof.
Apart from this creeper many other plants and trees were growing in the same compound.
Chittamma was the one who lovingly took care of these plants and other small trees.
Every time, especially when the annual vacation or other holidays came, we all gathered together and played cricket and other games in their vast compound.
On such occasions, I used to notice her special care and love towards the plants and trees growing in the compound.
A pumpkin creeper had spread all over the roofing. A fairly big pumpkin had ripened.
Her husband suggested many times to cut it down for use, but she, for no apparent reason, always avoided it and used to change the topic by saying that there was no hurry and that it would be taken down when some special occasion arose.
Here is another similar incidents in response to the above incident after publishing it in a newspaper.
These incidents happened a few years back. Let me put it in his own words:
“We were living in the village in Bhagathpur district of Bihar State.
My father, grandfather, and uncle planted a mango sapling, a guava sapling, and an apple sapling respectively in our family courtyard. Other trees and plants were also growing in the same compound.
They have given all the necessary care to grow these plants; my mother also actively helped them in watering these plants. It grew well and started giving fruits.
A few years later my grandfather went to Varanasi in connection with our family business.
In the year 1957, he expired at Varanasi, the same week the guava plant he planted in the village dried up.
This is not an isolated incident.
In the year 1960, my father also went to Varanasi. The day he departed the village in Bihar the mango tree he planted started withering and in a few days’ time it completely dried up.
A few years later my uncle also died at Varanasi, and the apple plant he planted in the village also died the same week”.
These incidents may be amazing and unbelievable to many of you. But no doubt there is some mystery behind the death of these plants and trees.
This type of strange reactions of plants and trees need a little rethinking.
Maybe they are also capable of sorrow and happiness. Sometimes science may not recognize this as fact.
There are many references in literature that plants too have feelings.
But this is not convincing as poets and writers have a world of their own, where birds and animals’ talk and smile etc.
The incident which I witnessed may not be enough for a scientific theory. But I firmly believe that many such instances and their statistical analysis might yield some positive results.
At the same time, it is more difficult to arrive at a scientific conclusion if our observations are added with emotions and presumptions are drawn with a biased mind.
It would not be out of place to say that plants are at a very low level of consciousness when compared to animals.
Pain, pleasure, longing, love, hatred, kindness, contentment and sympathy are the feelings of higher forms of life.
Association of higher feelings with a lower level of consciousness sometimes may not appear convincing.
Tree Suicide: A YouTube Video:
Though human beings are trying to eliminate these innocent beings in high speed for their personal interest, the trees love them and extend their limitless service to human beings till their death.
Yet another interesting fact is that there are some trees that take the extreme steps of suicide.
It is believed and established that even some animals commit suicide.
“Springbock” animals in the Southern African forests kill themselves.
This they do for the existence of their coming generations.
Scientists too say that they do this for their new generations’ welfare. ‘Spring Bock’ animals are from the deer family, they join in a group and suddenly jump into the water and die.
Humans commit suicide because of frustrations, love failure, financial instability and even due to dreadful diseases, etc.., but these animals, when their number increases they die for the welfare of their coming generations.
They are paving the way for their younger ones, this is the scientific community found on these animals’ mass death.
There are some cases noted that even trees commit suicide. Robin B Foster, from the University of Chicago Press (the chief of biology department in Chicago University) in his ten years of research, found out that even some trees suicide.
A tree named “Rackygaaliya vercikkolor” kills itself a year after its flowering.
These trees are mostly found in the island of Baaro Colorado’.
In the year 1970 eighteen trees flowered the first time and they produced fruits and later suicide.
In the year 1974, for study purposes, he marked 430 trees out of which 80 flowered and produced fruits and later died. Robin B Foster says they do this for the existence of its generations.
The Pumpkin story and other death of the trees mentioned in the above incidents show that they have feelings like human beings.
Joan Klostermann-Ketels in her recently released book “PersonaliTrees” (eight-year labor of love) says “Trees are sentient beings”, and each tree in this book stopped me in my tracks. They took my breath away. They have stories to share. All we have to do is be present.”
“Let the Human Spirit Awaken in the Presence of Trees Have you ever taken a walk, looked at a tree and had it look back at you?
You just had an encounter with a “PersonaliTree”. Sometimes you can feel its stare following you until you are safely out of its visual grasp. You wonder about its history, its memory, what formed the image that touched you so much you couldn’t take your eyes off it.
Every tree has a face, a story, and a personality! One needs only to take a walk in the woods to see beauty, contortion, loveliness and hardship in the form of trunks and branches and marvel at each unique design, formed by nature’s fury and grace.”
Check out these slides: via ISSUU
Instead of being present to feel their feelings we often destroy them for our selfish interests.
But there are many exceptions to this, there are a good number of people especially in India give much importance and respect to these silent servants (service providers).
A majority of them in the Hindu religion give respect to nature and especially to the trees.
Trees have a major role in their daily worship services.
In Hindu mythologies trees have been a prominent place and have given deep and sacred meanings.
Though it may look strange to some these type of respect is deeply associated with faith.
Ancient sacred writings reveal that tree worship was an age-old practice in the Hindu religion.
Aryans worshiped all kinds of plants and trees, this practice continues to be part and parcel of Hindu worship services till today.
Trees Integral Part Of Us – A list of trees and plants worshiped by sacred Hindus
Banyan trees or the Peepal trees
Image by Dona Omanoff from Pixabay
(Its botanical name is Ficus religiosa or Ficus benghalensis, is one of the important trees worshiped and featured in Hindu mythology.
Peepal tree is also known as “Pilaeshwar Maharaj” (King Pilaeshwar). It also symbolizes the trinity god The Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. It also denotes life and fertility, this is one of the reasons why childless couples take initiative in worshiping this tree.
According to the custom, this tree should not be cut, and it grows like a giant tree.
The Great Banyan Tree in Indian Botanical Gardens, Howrah, Kolkata.
Some travel books state that this tree withstood two great cyclonic attacks in 1884 and 1886. It looks not like a single tree but as a small forest.
Yet another god, Dakshinamurthy, who is worshiped as the “ultimate guru”, is depicted under a banyan tree. He represents god Shiva who is believed to be the destroyer of ignorance and incarnation of knowledge.
It’s a sacred tree in the Hindu religion and is worshiped in Chaitra masa (the first month of the Hindu Calendar)
It has symbolic importance in Buddhism too. According to the legend, it is believed that the founder of Buddhism ‘Lord Buddha’ was born under this tree, and it is planted in every Buddhist monastery.
Medicinal Value of Plants Flowers And Trees
It is very interesting to note that many plants, trees, and flowers have a high value of medicinal properties which we often ignore or neglect.
Watch the below-given video which talks much about a few such plants flowers and trees.
Ashoka tree is one such tree it has a number of medicinal values, and our ancient poets and writers made mention of this beautiful tree in their works.
Its flowers, fruits, bark are used for healing different diseases. Especially its bark’s cooling and soothing effect are good for the human body.
It is mainly used in Ayurvedic medicines, it improves complexion, relieves thirst and burning sensation, expels worms, and reduces swelling in the body.
It also purifies the blood, reduces pain, stops bleeding, and gives an energizing effect. This is mainly used for the treatment of excessive bleeding and uterus related ailments.
Clitoria ternatea flower or Butterfly-pea
This is a common flower found in many parts of India. In Malayalam, it is known as Shankupushpam. It has many medicinal properties in relation to female ailments, the video gives a vivid picture.
Here are a few home remedies:
Take the bark of this tree 2 tholas, Milk ½ seers, water ½ seers. Boil them together in low flame till only milk is left out, filter it and give regularly to keep control of the menstrual flow, it maintains a normal level.
Powder this tree’s flowers, mix it with water and take, it is very effective for diarrhea with blood discharge.
Ayurvedic books suggest: continuous use of Ashokaarishta (a liquid medicine prepared by using the parts of this tree) is very useful and effective for curing many diseases of women.
Take a ½ ounce of this tonic, mix it with an equal quantity of water, and continually use it after meals.
It will stop excessive bleeding in women, reduce leucorrhoea, and relieve headaches.
It is proved and reported that the continuous use of this medicine completely cured leucorrhoea.
Bael Tree, This tree is closely connected with god Shiva. It is treated as yet another sacred tree.
It is said that Lord Shiva is pleased by offerings of leaves from the Bael Tree, especially on the day of Shivaratri festival. Planting this tree around the houses and temples are equally considered as worshiping god Shiva.
In fact, offering this tree leaves is a compulsory ritual of Shiva worship.
Its botanical name is Aegle marmelos. It is also used for medicinal purposes.
Every part of this tree is very useful for different ailments like diarrhea, intestinal problems, amoebic dysentery, irritable bowel, etc. and is also used for different Ayurvedic formulations.
Henna Tree (Plant)
This is another plant/tree—some grow like trees— which got a prominent place in Hindu and Muslim marriages.
Henna is commonly known as Mehndi in Hindi and other languages, it’s a fascinating gift of nature and is an essential item in Hindu marriage ceremonies.
These plants generally grow in hedges and a paste prepared from its leaves is used for applying on hands and feet especially on marriage ceremonies and other Hindu festivals.
The Muslim community also uses this to decorate brides. These days it is a fashion among even the western countries. More on this can be read at this knol. Mehndi the Fascinating Gift of Nature.
Anybody knows about this wonderful gift of nature will claim unanimously that it makes any woman beautiful and beautiful one doubly beautiful. It knows no age barriers, no complexion differences, and no regional, caste or creed changes.
Women- the most sophisticated of them-go all traditional with rich, red mehndi on their hands and feet.
This plant grows in hedges and its natural color known as mehndi green, when ground and applied on hand it turns a warm red color.
Any Indian festival, marriage or any auspicious occasion is incomplete without mehndi giving its final touch.
This fascinating beauty and captivating warmth have been existing in nature ever since man can
However, its use as a beauty aid started only in the first century.
This is yet another tree to which the Hindus give high respect.
Its leaves, fruit, and trunk have significant roles in Hindu religious and social ceremonies.
The Hindu devotees hang its leaves at their doorposts during the time of most of their festivals.
It is believed that hanging leaves at the entrance of houses, shops, and other business establishments bring good fortune.
Its importance is mentioned in the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and puranaas.
Mango fruit symbolizes love and fertility. In almost all Hindu religious ceremonies a pot filled with water and topped with fresh leaves of mango trees and a coconut is considered as an important item in the pooja services.
The pot symbolizes Mother Earth, Water the life-giver, the coconut the divine consciousness and the mango leaves denotes life. In short, the complete set of the pot is called “Poornakumbha” it represents goddess Lakshmi who stands for good luck or fortune.
Mango blossoms are used on Basant Panchami day in the worship of Goddess Saraswati.
The tree is also sacred to the Buddhists because it is believed that Lord Buddha performed during his lifetime the instantaneous creation of a large mango tree from the seed at a place called Shravasti
The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is an integral part of Kerala’s history, lifestyle, and economy.
Its fruit the “coconut” is widely used in Kerala cuisine like aviyal (see this link for the author PV’s knolAVIYAL: KERALA’S OWN CURRY aviyal cuisine) coconut chutney, fish moilee and many other varieties of curries.
Tender coconut’s milk is used for making Kerala’s famous Appam (a kind of dosa) and Kozhikkari—Chicken curry used mainly on Christmas and Easter festivals.
In fact, coconuts are widely used in Kerala’s cuisine.
Tender coconut’s juice is a famous drink in hot summer season and its tender insider meat is eaten raw.
This is yet another tree in which Hindu households give a special place in their life.
The name of this tree is originated from the Sanskrit word “Kalpa Virksha” which means ‘the tree which meets every need of a person in his life’.
It is one of the most useful trees in the southern states of India, especially in the state of Kerala. The word Kera means coconut that is to say Kerala the land of coconut.
People use its wood for making houses and bridges. Its whole leaves are used for making thatched roofs.
Its strips of leaves are used for making baskets, hats, mats and other beautiful craft items that are an attraction to the visiting tourists in Kerala.
Its husk is used to manufacture coir and is woven into ropes and doormats and other furnishing materials.
The shells of the coconuts are carved into different shapes and make craft items that are an attraction to foreign tourists.
The farmers of this tree make a kind of sweet drink called ‘toddy’ or tuba from the sap of the tree’s blossoms. Its sap is also used for making sugar, vinegar, and other beverages.
In Kerala, every household plants this tree at their courtyard.
It is a very common sight to see houses surrounded by these trees.
One cannot find a single house without this tree.
“Plant a coconut plant and water it for five years, then reap coconut for life” This is a common saying among the people of Kerala.
This is true in a sense, that it gives its fruits for years without requiring much manure or water.
Once it starts giving fruits, not much service is needed and it produces coconuts for years.
A well-tended coconut tree produces at least a minimum of 50 to 100 coconuts a year.
Solid dried coconut meat is commonly known as “kopra” is used for producing coconut oil.
This oil is so delicious and Kerala households use it for cooking foods. It is also used for manufacturing soaps. and other beauty products.
The coconut is an important item in Hindu ceremonial functions and worship (Pooja) services.
Breaking of coconut in the initial stage of any function is considered as very auspicious.
Coconut is also offered in temples during worship services.
It is also believed that this fruit represents the Hindu god Shiva and the three buttons like a mark at the side of the coconut is symbolized god Shiva’s eyes (trinathra- 3 eyes).
Golden Shower Tree (G S T) (Cassia Fistula)
This is a flowering tree in the family of “Fabacea”. Konna Maram or Kanikkonna in Malayalam is an important tree in the Hindu religious festival called Vishu. Vishu is celebrated as the Malayalam New Year mainly in the central and northern parts of Kerala.
This festival is also known as the harvest festival of Kerala which is celebrated every year on April 14th.
In this festival, this tree’s flowers are a major object in the vishukkani or kanikaanal ceremony which is the main celebration.
According to the belief and system of Keralites, in this festival at this auspicious occasion of kani kaanal (first Sight) would be lucky for the whole year.
Its flower has very ritual importance in this ceremony, and it is placed in a prominent place in the kanikaanal materials.
GST and its flowers are depicted on twenty different Indian postal stamps. It is also featured on a 2003 Joint Canadian—Thai design for a 48 cent stamp—part of a series of featuring national emblems.
GST is widely cultivated in different parts of Kerala as an ornamental plant.
When the tree is in its full blooms its flowers are totally covered and sometimes the trunk and its leaves won’t be visible. It blooms in the spring season.
It belongs to the family Meliaceae. The Latinized name of Neem – Azadirachta indica – is derived from the Persian word: “Azadirakht” That is, Azad = Free, dirakht = Tree, i – Hind = of Indian Origin which literally means: ‘The Free Tree of India’. For a brief background, chemical investigations of neem click here Chemistry of Neem.
Neem trees’ curative and protective powers are noteworthy.
It has an important religious aspect too in the Hindu religion.
According to the tradition of myths, it is believed that Indra—the king of Celestial—bestowed neem with its unbelievable power.
The story says, after obtaining the golden pot of ambrosia from demons he spilled the ambrosia on a neem tree making it blessed with many good qualities that can cure many diseases.
Another myth is that insects are said to be the creation of evil demons and neem trees weaken the insects and thereby protect human beings.
There are many such stories connected with neem trees and its miraculous healing power.
Ancient texts like Vedas (the basis of Ayurvedic tradition) indicates the medicinal value of neem.
Yet another ancient text written by Varahamihira (AD 505) sometimes known as ‘the encyclopedia of Indian Culture.” It had a mention of this wonderful tree.
This tree can be seen in every Indian household.
Its leaves are hanged on the entrance of the doorpost and are believed that it wards off evil spirits, and also believe that it is a passage to heaven.
In the Indian villages, the newborn babes are laid on its leaves and believe that it gives them a protective appearance.
The brides before marriage take a bath in the water-filled with these leaves. It is established that Neem trees release more oxygen than any other tree.
In short, it’s a miracle tree and can find its mention in the ancient texts.
In the northern part of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, the people use its dried and powdered tubular as a stimulating tonic.
It has a number of medicinal usages; its every part is used for this purpose.
Especially in most of Ayurvedic medicine, it is an essential item.
Oil made from this tree is used in medicines as well as in pest control and cosmetic industries.
Its leaves are an important part used in treating Chickenpox.
Yet another belief of Hindu religion, Sithala the ‘goddess of chickenpox’ lives in neem trees.
Neem tea is another drink usually used for treating headache and fever.
Its flowers are used for intestinal problems. Its barks act as an analgesic and are used to cure high
Its leaves are used for curing some skin diseases. Some even believe that this can even purify human bodies.
Other than medicinal uses it has got many other uses in India. Some parts of the country people use its twigs as a toothbrush. It is also used as a rehabilitating plant in wasteland regions. Its pulps are used for producing methane gas.
It acts as a carbohydrate and a rich base for other industrial fermentation. Its barks are used in mass tanning and dyeing in industries.
In some parts of the southern states in India, its woods are used to make furniture. In the cultivation of sugarcane, vegetable, and many other crops, its cakes are used as a fertilizer.
To face global warming many countries are constantly cultivating neem trees as a major crop.
The Worldwide Neem Foundation is playing an important role in making awareness among people about neem and its importance.
This tree can be grown in any soil like clay, dry, stony or shallow. It requires very little water and needs more sunlight. It grows from its seeds as well as from its cuttings.
This is yet another important tree the Hindus treat with much reverence.
It is popularly known as ‘the miracle tree’.
In Sanskrit it is called “Arishtha” means ‘the reliever of diseases’ this tree is a common tree in India and is also known as ‘village tree’.
Neem or Margosa is a botanical cousin of Mahogany.
Though there are people who try to put their ax on the tree there is some exception to this.
A good number of people who respect and try to protect its existence. The above-given narrations about trees are a few of the examples in this category.
Here is a picture it speaks volumes, A tree is protected!
Instead of cutting down, the compound wall is built in such a way for the existence of this old tree.
Yet another Earth Day 22nd April—passed by, Tree lover
s and environmentalists did their part to promote their cause by planting tree saplings and various other connected activities.
Let us continue to do this and many other things like avoiding usage of plastic bags, instead buy and use personal care natural products, use only reusable bags, limit the use of water, like uncontrollable usage of showers, vessels, cloth washing, etc.
If we take little more care in our daily activities we can control the usage of water and thereby help the mother earth to survive.
Let us be more careful while using water in our daily life.Trees Are An Integral Part of Us, Let Us Save Them For Us As Well As To The Future Generation Click To Tweet
Limit the usage of the personal vehicle instead take a bus trip or share a vehicle, by this, one can reduce the emission of air pollution.
If each one does this there will be a tremendous cut in the environmental air pollution.
Let this be a practice in our daily life not only on such particular days but also in our everyday life.
This will definitely be a help in saving our earth from a quick ruin.
The best part of all these is each one plant a tree that will make a great difference in our environmental pollution as well as our own existence on this earth.
In the above picture, as part of a religious ceremony, Indian women plant new saplings, and their little girl keenly watching.
Forty-one years back in 1970 Gaylord Nelson a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin after seeing the 1969 massive oil spill with a much-burdened heart initiated this movement.
On April 22 that year 20 million Americans participated in that movement.
And by 1990 Earth Day went global and the people around the world are aware of it and very religiously participating every year on this day (April 22) with various activities to promote this cause.
Social websites and major search engines are promoting this year (2011) earth day in a massive way, Yahoo on one of its post (Solar Trumps Recycling: Searches on Yahoo! Indicate Green Living, Organic Trends & Freebies Define Earth Day 2011) on Thursday said that:
“This month searches on Yahoo Green for “solar energy” are up 208 percent while inquiries for “wind power” are up 1,307 percent.” Read more here at this blog post
Google group turned its homepage logo into a nature scene doodle Friday in honor of Earth Day. One of its blog (Google Celebrates Earth Day With Nature Doodle, Wind Investment)
The blog author ‘Chloe Albanesius’ said: “The image features a moving waterfall, penguins jumping on an iceberg, pandas nibbling on bamboo, and a lion curled up under a tree. Read more here at this blog post.
Yet another website already started their campaign to encourage people to join in and take ‘ Pledge an Act, Save Our Planet”
Apart from these search engines, there are many other activities are going on through print and other web media.
Many are conducting different kinds of Earth Day activities and protests in various manners. Schools, Colleges and other educational institutions too are actively involving in spreading awareness among people.Trees Are An Integral Part of Us, Let Us Save It For Our Survival! via pvariel.com Click To Tweet
The environmental activist group “Greenpeace” is already in full strength to get involved with big firms like Facebook and Apple to get reduce the use of coal by building custom data centers that are powered by as much renewable energy as possible.
In a recent campaign in this regard, they created a big network through their contacts via Facebook and other social media networks.
In short, this year’s Earth Day will definitely give a good awareness about it and will no doubt gives an impact on the new generations.
Let us all together make note of this and do whatever we can do to save our earth from the coming calamity.
The latest developments in my city – Hyderabad
The latest news on these issues is that The Times of India’s yesterdays (15th April) edition published a news item under the title “Trees get ax effect for Rosaiah’s heli-hop” the news says, “Chief Minister K Rosaiah may not have used his helipad adjacent to the Secretariat even once, but overzealous officials thought it was best that the area around it was cleared.
So, as many as 24 trees on the footpath in front of the helipad were axed late on Tuesday night, to ensure that the CM enjoys a smooth chopper ride, in case he proposed to fly out from here.
City environmentalists staged a dharna (protest march) at the spot on Wednesday and said that the felling was carried out by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) as the trees may have caused hindrance to the CM’s chopper.
The trees were identified as Gulmohar, neem, and peltophorans.”
The tree lovers raised a protest against such actions, they say, “They could have opted for trans-location if it was such a necessity. Why chop them so ruthlessly?” environmentalists questioned.”
These are some of the serious issues happening all over the world, the people who cut or fell the trees should find an alternative arrangement to raise or plant more trees.
The tree lovers should join together and form such forums to save trees from the destructive hands of these cruel people.
The people who initiate removing trees from this earth should take note that they are putting an ax on the very existence of their life. Let them plant more sapling in its place.
Planting of saplings through school and college level will make a big difference to this serious threat. Let us introduce awareness programs at school and university levels.
The tree lovers group or forums, and of course the media print and web, can play a vital role in this to promote this awareness among people.
A Call From Greenpeace India—Earth Day Give Earth A Hand
Here is an interesting video to watch on this day (World Environment Day). This is posted by Greenpeace India Organization.
They posted a note along with the video it says: “Happy world environment day! Years of neglecting our most precious resource have caused damage all around the world, and it will only get worse if the exploitation continues.”
A Music Video captured at the outset of Amazon Rain-forest.
Here is yet another video to watch and listen to.
This video gives a glimpse of the rain forest’s beauty as well as soothing music.
A good relaxation music video in the midst of serious thoughts on the subject tree.
Please enjoy the music and relax.
In short, trees can play a lot of things in a humans life and it provides innumerable benefits to the human.
Here is yet another interesting news to read in this regard:
The Guardian Newspaper Reports: Trees believed to have been extinct in Britain have been discovered at the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
The two 30-meter (98ft) Wentworth elms have been identified in the Queen’s garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse just a stone’s throw from the center of Edinburgh.
Tree experts are now looking into ways of propagating the rare specimens, which carry the botanical name Ulmus wentworthii pendula… To continue reading please click on the below link:
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12). Golden Shower Tree: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariasg/287620456/ by Maria13). Jolly Daniel, Portland, OR. USA.14). Golden Shower Tree from Kerala. by Rijin Thachanalil
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Originally published on the pages of Google’s Knol pages and later migrated to Blogger dot com pages and later to this new website. First published on Philipscom on August 24, 2011 @ 12:30
Updated on: Feb 21, 2013 @ 18:46
Updated on March 28, 2018 @ 00:21
Last updated on April 05, 2019
Given below are some of the feedback received on the original post at Google’s Knol pages:
I would like to present to You and our visitors and followers my country “Luxembourg” in Europe with a song, an anti-racism song by youth (actually a hit in my country, I love it…), watch the video and see lots of trees even in the City itself
BTW: You will listen to my mother tongue language “Luxembourgish”…
Luxembourg-City is one of the rare cities who have lots of parks and trees in the world in the City itself, but where is Luxembourg (Europe) situated: http://goo.gl/2Y3sw.
Have a nice day and best regards,
I really missed this comment, just today only i noticed. Its really a wonderful video, beautiful scenes and lovely music. Lovey country too, I am sure one day i will visit this lovely place :-)
Thanks for sharing
I posted a comment at YouTube too.
I do not know how i missed it not received any intimation from knol
June 5th (Environment Day) Is Fast Approaching
Let us re-dedicate our-self for a clean and pure
of keeping our environment clean and fresh by planting
more and more tree saplings in and around our surroundings.
This June 5th may be a different one.
Read, Think and Act. Best.. regards.
Philips & Associates.
Good initiative to remember people this ;-)
have a nice day and best regards,
Thanks a lot for the quick response
Have a good weekend.
This Knol is a Trending Knol Today
When I was updating the knol its weekly pv was 133 after an hour i found it as 304 that is 171 pvs in one hour, and now after 5 hours its showing a weekly pv of 435. Indeed its today’s trending knol.
Happy news on this Happy Earth Day.
Thanks to all my visitors, and co-authors.
Best regards. Phil
Congrats to see that this knol is getting popular. It deserves it ;-)
Have a nice day and best regards,
Thanks a lot.
I was about to shoot a Pvt mail to you since you posted this let me speak here, pl. do have a look at it again at the body if anything moved up and down or to and fro, pl do check and do the needful, sorry for the extra trouble.
I will have a look at it and what is necessary to do I will act on it. Take it, easy man ;-) Together we will resolve problems.
BTW: There are no problems, but only solutions… Soon it will be resolved ;-)
Season’s Greetings To You and Your Family Best regards,
Work Flow- Earth Day- 2011
This year’s Earth Day is celebrated today, Social web sites and some of the major search engines are taken a special initiative to promote this day in a more informative way. Few footnotes are added today in this connection.
Thanks to all team members
Happy Earth Day to all
Pictures as Messengers
“Poems are made by fools like me/But only God can make a tree.”
Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for dropping in and for the wonderful comments, Yes, I fully agree with you that nature speaks volumes about the creativity of the Lord Almighty than our words. Thanks for the Great thoughts. and the wonderful quote of poet Joyce Kilmer.
I made some improvements on text formatting in this knol. @Phil, You are talking about your village, advice: I would like to see some photos (readers probably also…), might be good to bring some photos in that section of the knol ;-)Also tweeted it now on Twitter ;-)PS: also many thanks for your kind and encouraging words on KPG…Have a nice Sunday,
Thanks for the improvements made, I checked in here yesterday itself but the button post reply to this comment was so adamant that it was not responding, several attempts failed and again today I tried in the first few attempts I couldn’t get a fav. response but, thank God, at last, I am here,
Here is an interesting video which I would like to share with You: http://www.youtube.c
Thanks for the post,
It’s really amazing,
Will you please post it in the body of the text, in an appropriate place.
Thanks in advance.
Have Good day
Dear Gust, I added yet another music video at the end of the text.
Pl do have a check and do the needful. Thanks, Gust for the link connection.
Thanks for your effort!!!
Special congrats for lovely pictures.
Thanks a lot for your comment.Best regards,
Good to read your comment.
Yes, PV did a wonderful job here.
What next PV?
Thanks for the compliments.
Many plans, but time constrains.
Hope everything is well with you.
Keep in touch.
Thanks again for the comment.
The pictures seem more beautiful than the objects themselves
Pl. do contribute your knowledge at
this knol. Now it is under Moderated collaboration,
in the near future we may go to the other collaboration.
With kind regards,
A Very Timely Knol
This knol is very timely and packed with lot of information and references, Human beings existence in a way depends on trees and as said in the knol trees can play an important role in reducing the alarming global warming. Thanks for insight of this knoll, very educative and informative too.
I am glad that you accepted me as a co-author to your knolls, Thanks,
With good wishes
Long overdue post
I must apologize for taking so long to thank you for including the information about my book “PersonaiTrees” in you post!This is my first book and I had no idea what was involved in publishing a book–so I have been busy trying to keep up with an unanticipated schedule of signings and interviews and working on finishing up Book # 2 in the series for publication next Spring (meaning a deadline at the end of this month).Just know that I am grateful to you for your energy and time spent on our tree friends!! Keep up the great work!
Thanks for the comment, no worries, yes,I understand your busy schedules, Yes, you responded earlier via mail. Keep going my dear friend. Keep writing and keep inform.
All Good Wishes for the future endeavors.
Ha!! Take care about your health too.
Thanks for joining us with this knol. Keep inform.
Thanks a lot.
This is a very good excellent knol and its layout is superb.May I ask what happened with the KAF contest, apply, then withdraw… WHY all of this moves.. It is just a contest and the membership to KAF is optional, it is not a mustBest regards,
Thanks for the encouraging note.That was an attempt by one of my co-author MD without the consent of me or any other coauthors. When I explained him about the situation, at once he withdraw it.Since I am a member of KPG and KPG is one of the co-authors I thought its better to be apart from that contest conducted by KAF. Since most of the KPG members disassociate with KAF I thought its better not to post and MD agreed to me and he withdraw the same and posted and apology too, accordingly KAF accepted it too.Mak, I too made my stand on this at the comment column. Since you raised the issue again I wrote this much. Mak, I would like to put a full stop to this conversation on this issue. I am really sorry for the slip happened.We wish you all the best for the contest and its participantsWith all Good Wishes
Its Progressing PV
This knol is growing like a palm tree. Slow and steady win the race, Yes the comments here speaks volume. many five stars and applauds received for this knol.
Keep it up PV,
Since I am still on tour I could not contribute much, i will surely post some information here.
Thanks, without the support of people like you and others, this would not have been possible, thanks for the nice thoughts. Keep in touch.
Thank you so much. I am much elated by the kind words. I give all credit to all my supporters here, especially the KPG team members for the relentless support and encouragement to create such knols. Yes, Peter, there are some new subjects in mind, hope very shortly I can come up with that.
With all Good wishes
An easy to do small tip when text is gluing on an image:In “Edit mode”: click the image and chose “right” when the image was “left” orientated and than again “left” and so on… The text will than become again “free” from the image and not “gluing” on the image. There might be also an other solution, but that is an easy one which I am using also, it’s a quick solution. No idea why fore this happens in Knol?Best regards,
Thank you so much for this valuable tip.
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I just made a change in the settings, that is:
“Comments are moderated, and will not be visible until one of the authors of this knol approves.” Will it be OK? Pl. let me know your suggestion.thanks and regards
“Moderated comments” is the best solution You can make. Comments will only show up when You allow them, they will be visible first to You and not to all the visitors.Only when You agree the content of the comments visitors will see the comments. The best solution to avoid that “bad intentioned” people (trolls) bring their graffiti on knols ;-)Best regards,
That is really good idea,
Thanks for the further information on this subject.
Thanks again Gust, for the revision in layout
Great effort Philip
I am so grateful to the Team for the support and guidance rendered to me in developing my knols into recognized ones.
Expecting more of such guidance.
With Warm Regards
Your knol referenced…
Good stuff needs to get referenced ;-)Your knol is now also referenced in my new knol http://knol.google.c
Thank you so much for this rare honor, really speaking I am much elated by this great honor that you bestowed upon me and counted my knol and myself into the top knol authors list by adding it into the ebook and into your other knol.
With kind regards
PS: Gust the second link is broken, pl check. Thanks.
First, a well designed Knol and a knol who is talking about what Mother Earth is talking to us and also a Knol who is well written, regarding this, needs to get honored ;-)You are on the right way, keep it going like that ;-)Best regards,
Please, don’t take it wrong. I don’t want to get too private ;-) I can’t even manage now already the mails I get, so…Let us being working like this, OK?Best regards,
Oh! That’s fine.
keep going, no worries.
Don’t worry my mind is close to Yours ;-)Best regards,
So Happy to know this. No Worries at all, Now I feel that this type of communication is far better than the other LOL
Thanks for the invitation
Thanks for the invitation which I accepted with pleasure. I made a little bit fine-tuning ;-) I must say that You learned a lot from KPG members and that Your knols are getting really great now. Keep on the good work. It is a pleasure for me to see that people have learned and that they are making good progress.What You still need to do is to find the exact web addresses from the images and display them under the images, please.I will come back tomorrow and/or keep an eye on the knol to give assistance if necessary…Best regards,
I am so happy that you accepted my invitation, and thanks for your initial help, hope you find some time for me.
Yes, i am giving the exact web link of the images, since some links are long i am giving it below at the source space.
A small trick, use text links, please. Thus meaning:- Go to the link who is representing the source of the image.- Make a “right-click” with the mouse on that link and chose “copy link”- put a small text under the images.- mark the text with the mouse.- click on “Link” above in the Editor bar.- click on “web address”.- Insert the link by clicking with the mouse in the field and than click on “OK”.So, under Your images will be a “textlink”, a small text when clicking on it will bring You to the origin of the image.I made an example under the first shown image ;-) Leave it up to you for doing the others, a bit practice…You may also have a look here http://knol.google.c
This is really very informative and educative, thanks a lot for the step by step guidance, and the example. wonderful, I will put this into practice.
I just visited the other link, that too is another great tutorial for the knol authors,
Thank you ones again for your precious time kept aside for me.
Thanks a lot, comments to us is our “earning”, no money but the result of hard-working to bring knowledge to other people. We love to share our knowledge, that is why for Google Knol is, no?You might have also a look on comments which we as KPG Members are writing… Mostly of time, we give some good advices also on our comments, which one day (???) when we got the time to look at ourself, might result as a new knol, a “Tutorial Knol”, who ever knows???Best regards,
There are already some “Tutorial Knols” created ;-) Please have a look here:
That is good news again, I will definitely have a look at it and eagerly waiting for the English versions.
My specialty, PC Security (in French) actually, apart being a person who gives courses about ITC (Information Technologies and Communication) will be found here (in French):http://knol.google.c
No need to learn French, but if You want to, why not? I gave You a reply to Your comment, which is already not too bad for security.Have a look at that, please, and follow those steps… Your PC will become more secure anyway…More advice coming soon…Best regards,
Wow, great knol ;-)
Nice knol, gave it five stars and congratulations also for your Top Pick Award. Keep on going the good work ;-)Best regards,
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Keep it up pv. Expecting more of such knols from your pen.
Bijin T Thomas
with all good wishes
If only authorities would heed!
If only the authorities would listen to caring environmentalists and use their clout to stop unnecessary felling of trees and plant more!
I am posting an invitation to co-author to this knol.
I invite your attention to the subject ‘precious water’ as the availability of pure water is also in an alarming situation. Hope we could read a classic knol on this subject later :)I noticed that some links are not working:
‘Trees get ax effect for Rosaiah’s heli-hop’
‘Robin B Foster, Robin B. Foster from the University of Chicago Press’Then, is there cricket in ur childhood days ? was it popular in Kerala at that time ?? I liked that portion of pumpkin.. :)Thanks for such a knol… C U..
And ah! there was a friend among us who was a cricket fan and he taught us some of the tricks of that game and was very interesting, of course he was the hero too. LOL, No, that was not at all popular what to say many do not even know what it is.
Oh Sure PV !
No worries the pics are incorporated. needs more of your help especially on your religious part.
Thanks again for your help.
A Very Serious Issue
pl think on this request and spare some time from your busy schedule.
with thanks and regards,
I wish to encourage you to go further in your research and make this Knol a comprehensive and authoritative record of spiritual and historical guidance on the significance and importance of our tree canopy.This is a good start. I encourage you to read “Silent Spring” by Rachael Carson and to factor in some of her wisdom, which is credited as the wellspring of the environmental movement: http://en.wikipedia.
Thank you very much for the encouraging note, and yes, I am working on it and hope that like my philately one it may lead to some heights LOL
keep in touch and i need your help i know you are a busy person but still I would like to extend/request a co-authorship to this knol, hope you find some time.
Images of the Spirit of Trees
Trees are certainly alive and have spiritual selves just like all living things.A great compliment to any tree, nature, or spiritual enthusiast is a beautiful book of quotes and photography by Joan Klostermann-Ketels, titled PersonaliTrees.
With Best Wishes
Thanks for the link, i picked up a quote from the web site and duly acknowledged it.
Thanks for the help.
Glad you feel this way
Maybe you might laugh at me for this but our Indian lifestyle is way better than westerners in this regard.
He he..but its a fact.
I really regret for the delay in posting a reply to your comment, Yes in that case I fully agree with you.LOL
hey what about some new knols here. keep writing, My knol on philately procured a top badge.
That’s Very Kind of you KS
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the fall of mankind occurred when man attacked the connection to god, symbolized by a tree (book of genesis)
adam and eve abused the tree as their private property (like mankind do today).
the bible has promised us a new tree wich restores the connection between earth and heaven .
maybee our knol star structure, as a model for all the earth, will become that tree .
book of daniel 4 : 10, 11,12
whereas his life ended on a dead tree-derived trunk .
then the trees said to the vine, ‘come and be our king.’
further isaiah 11: 1
and there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots .further jeremiah 23: 5
the days are coming,” declares the lord,“when I will raise up to david a a righteous branchin our body, there is also the tree structure : our veins are a tree, our nerves are a tree, our neurons are trees . i’m convinced that in the center of our brain there is a big neuron – tree .for programmers the tree is a very important structure.
and last not least. language is also tree structured.Report abusive comment
the fall of mankind occurred when the man attacked the connection to god, symbolized by a tree
(book of genesis) .
our voting tree restores the connection between earth and heaven.
it is the kingdom for the whole of humanity, which the bible has promised us.book of daniel 4
10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:12 the leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.
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