Green Saviours is a communion of environmental enthusiasts from Belagavi in North Karnataka, India. The group comprises individuals ranging from industrialists and domain professionals to retired individuals, housewives and students who have come together to accomplish tasks related to environmental protection and conservation. The team operates as a family without definitions of hierarchy and formalities. The team believes in consistent work as the source of good-will and publicity and looks forward to leveraging on the same in order to generate membership and donations for the cause. Work at the Green Saviours began in April 2016 and the team has been working consistently for 3 to 4 hours every Sunday since then.
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The region around Belagavi has traditionally been an area of forests but the green cover has drastically depleted over the past few decades. Consequently there has been an adverse effect on the rainfall and the overall climate in the region. The Venugreen Project gets its name from the original name of Belagavi which was once called “Venugram”, a place famous for Bamboo plantations. This is an attempt to restore the greenery in the region and the team has planted over 1500 trees in and around Belagavi. The team focuses on the survival of the planted saplings and has received unconditional support from the Department of Forestry who has provided saplings along with assistance and valuable guidance.
The long term objective is to plant over a million trees and to ensure their survival in order to compensate for the loss of vegetation which occurs due to infrastructural development in the region and beyond.
These drives are a unique initiative of the Green Saviours team and derive inspiration from two little kids who had come for our plantation drive with their own Mango sapling which they had picked up from the road sides. Thousands of such saplings of native trees grown on the road sides and in fenced areas but are often lost in the cleaning up operations.
The Green Saviours team harvests these saplings and transfers them into bags at the Forest Nursery and holds them as stock for future plantations. Hundreds of such saplings of local trees like Mango, Jambool, Rain Tree, Jack fruit, etc have been harvested over multiple drives in the city.
Each member of the Green Saviours team is an ambassador, a committed representative of the best interests of the vegetation in the region and works in individual capacity in generating awareness in the community. The members participate in street marches to draw attention of the need of the hour which is to restore the greenery in the region and beyond.
Planning to conduct awareness amongst citizens at large will be undertaken through seminars conducted at social clubs, educational institutions and through the social media.
The Green Saviours team in the upcoming year 2017 and from then on is working on plans to establish forests especially on barren hill tops in and around Belagavi. The effort will be a joint initiative with the local administration, the Department of Forestry and the local citizens.
Massive plantation will be carried out by sowing seeds of native trees and ensuring provisions and protection through water harvesting and the active participation of people living in the region around the said site.