Mata Amritanandamayi Devi’s followers plant one lakh seed balls in forest areas of Delhi to increase green cover

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The seed balls were made over the last one month by volunteers from many schools and organizations from Delhi-NCR. Seed ball workshops were conducted by the youth wing of Mata Amritanandamayi Math

The seed balls were dispersed in the massive forest areas of Rajokri / Ghitorni

JULY 31, 2019 / DELHI: Delhi-NCR region has become highly populated with fast shrinking green cover and increasing air pollution. More than 200 followers of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, concerned with the alarming situation, took matters into their own hands. They conducted a massive seed-ball plantation drive, dispersing more than one lakh seed balls in Delhi’s forest areas.

People from different backgrounds and age groups, from school students to elders, came together from the cities of Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad. They spread out in various groups and spent more than six hours planting one lakh seed balls in the challenging terrain and wilderness of the Rajokri / Ghitorni forest area of the national capital.

The volunteers included youth from the Delhi-NCR chapter of AYUDH (the youth wing of Mata Amritanandamayi Math). These volunteers organized seed ball workshops across various schools and organizations in Delhi-NCR over the past one month, including Air India, Amrita Vidyalayam School, Deep Public School, Alpine Convent School and Ankur School. The seed balls were made over the past many weeks by volunteer groups that included young school kids, youth, middle aged people and the elderly. Each group had taken the challenge of making a specified number of seed balls to contribute to the mission of greening Delhi.

Said Brahmachari Nijamrita Chaitanya of Mata Amritanandamayi Math: “Seed balls are a mixture of soil, compost and plant seeds. They are an easy and sustainable way to cultivate plants and a step towards conserving the natural ecosystem. With the Monsoon having set in, these planted seed balls will ultimately mature into trees, resulting in increased green cover in Delhi-NCR, providing much-needed oxygen, improving air quality and climate, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. This massive plantation drive organized by the followers of Mata Amritanandamayi created awareness among the residents of these cities about the importance of forests and the value of preserving and planting trees.”

As a member organization of the United Nations’ Trillion Trees Campaign, Mata Amritanandamayi Math has organized the planting of more than a million trees globally, and has been recognized as an NGO with Special Consultative status to the UN ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and now conducts a significant portion of the UN’s work on the ground in India. AYUDH is also working internationally to meet the SDGs put forth by the United Nations.Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (also known as Amma) has been emphasizing on the need of protecting our Mother Nature. Throughout the world, Amma’s centers are working to become local models of sustainable living. Several of our projects and events have been formally recognized by UNESCO as part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)

Amma has delivered addresses at the United Nations several times and has spoken twice at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Among other accolades, she has received the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence in Geneva, the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award in New York, and an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York. In 2014, at the invitation of Pope Francis, Amma was one of 12 religious and spiritual leaders to travel to the Vatican to sign a joint declaration against modern slavery. Throughout her life, Amma has embraced and comforted more than 3.8 crore people. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people while also building and running a massive humanitarian organization, Amma answers: “Where there is true love, everything is effortless. Love transforms.”