India is a country where the majority of urban planning is not one of the best. Meaning that India has been pathetic at dealing with urban greenery. Not only that, subsequent governments, regardless of their political affiliations, in order to make the nation reach the standards set by the west which has a highly capitalistic and fossil-based economy, does irreparable damage to the traditional, indigenous systems of culture of the country.
They have sustained for thousands of years, which actually went a long way in making India what it is, or was for that matter, in biodiversity. For example, the Bishnois have traditionally been stalwarts in preserving patches of greenery they believe to be sacred, and no wonder they made preventing deforestation often more important than their lives. Members of most of the religious communities, while moving into the cities, have often not forgotten their age-old values, which is why they have their sacred trees.
And all this today is at the risk of getting destroyed in the quest for some ill-conceived notion of development; there is increasing pollution, the climate is growing warmer every day, and most significantly and poignantly, the cool patches of trees under which we used to take shelter while playing or returning from school don’t exist anymore.
Under such circumstances, doing our bit and planting trees is of the utmost importance. And with crowdfunding in India, the enormous potential of both the procedure of crowdfunding and the endeavour of planting trees can be realized at once.
Setting up a crowdfunding profile in the fundraising websites in India for planting trees in urban areas would involve taking into consideration factors like how the thing is to be done- do you want to plant seeds or saplings? Then there are things like the area you want to cover, the people you want to involve, and the most important and the most neglected part- taking care of the plants after the planting process is over.
As is the routine with most of the public ventures of replanting the old trees (each of which is a self-sustaining ecosystem) once they are cut down, most of the newly planted saplings are left to the mercy of pollutants and nature, meaning that nearly all of them die out, also taking along with them a significant amount of public money which was used to buy and plant them in the first place.
A crowdfunding venture to plant trees would be successful only if you can convince the potential donors in the crowdfunding platforms in India with a foolproof plan to safeguard the trees and to allow them to grow into adulthood.