Shubhendu Sharma, an industrious man from India, took a crucial decision to quit his job as an engineer with Toyota, to plant trees and convert every barren piece of land in the cities into a self-sustainable forest. So far, he has created 85 forests in 28 cities across 6 countries, including Iran and Pakistan, The Logical Indian reports.
The idea of creating a forest using potential vegetation first came to Sharma when he volunteered to assist Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist and plant ecology expert, to cultivate a forest at the Toyota premises. His experience with Miyawaki inspired Sharma to replicate the model in India too.
Using the Miyawaki technology, Sharma moved straight to cultivate a forest in his backyard in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand. A beautiful self-sustainable forest sprang up in no time.
Sharma claims the Miyawaki method is almost six times better than any other plantation method. The Logical Indian writes:
“The Miyawaki method of afforestation involves planting a number of different types of trees close together in a small area. Closely planting many random trees in a small area enriches the green cover and reinforces the richness of the land. This will lead to co-existence of plants and also leads to each plant drawing vital nutrients from the others to become strong and healthy.”
Sharma shared the results of Miyawaki method on social media and urged people to try it in their backyards. He post received an overwhelming response and inspired a lot of people. Sharma then took the hard and decisive to quit his job and help restore the environment.
He contacted many NGOs to find assistance in order to start his project, but did not get a favorable response. So he launched his own NGO, Afforestt, in Bangalore (a city in the southern state of Karnataka) to provide end-to-end service for creating natural self-sustainable forests.
Many people are now reaching out to Afforest to create self-sustainable forests, which the NGO develops in around two years. The Logical Indian reports:
“Afforest works in two ways. One is where they provide end to end service to their clients by cultivating a forest in their owned spaces. The other is by providing project management and on-site consultation to the client.”
Speaking to The Logical Indian, Sharma said his 8-member team is committed to turning the environment green: “Till the last square of barren land is full of greenery, we will work.”