India to plant 2 BILLION trees, creating jobs for 300,000 youths


tay
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India's Rural Development Ministry has decided to try to tackle two problems at the same time: Youth unemployment and bad air quality. It has unveiled a plan to hire youths - potentially up to 300,000 - to plant 2 billion trees along the country's highways.



“The length of National Highways in the country is one lakh kilometer [about 62,137 miles]. I have asked officials to come out with a plan to plant 200 crore [2 billion] trees along these stretches which in turn would create jobs for the unemployed on the one hand and protect the environment on the other,” said Shipping and Rural Development Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari.


Not only would this help provide jobs to a segment of the population that needs them and make the country more beautiful, but trees are also great at improving air quality . India tends to have big problems with that, as does much of Asia and the Middle-East:


A recent study shows that tree leaves can capture a substantial amount of particulate pollution. The research was conducted in the UK; The scientists started by measuring how much air pollution go into a certain number of houses in Lancaster using dust monitoring devices and by swiping surfaces and then analyzing what was collected with magnetic remanence, a technique that provides information on concentrations of iron-bearing particles.




India to plant 2 BILLION trees along its highways, creating jobs for 300,000 youths : TreeHugger
 
Sons of Liberty
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Wonderful.
 
#juan
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Where are they getting the trees from?
 
gopher
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Good to see government take action to reduce unemployment and build up the infrastructure. They (like FDR) have obviously read Alexander Hamilton's Report On Manufacturer's and learned that this is the proper role of government.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juan View Post

Where are they getting the trees from?

Um, seeds.

See when a daddy tree and mommy tree love each other very much.......

LOL

(sorry, couldn't help it.)

I presume they are planning to grow them like everyone else does.
 
gopher
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I did a quick Google search and found that FDR had 3 billion trees planted during the New Deal. This created jobs, added much vitality to society, and beautified many cities. So many of them are still around today. Hopefully, India will enjoy this same success.
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

Um, seeds.

See when a daddy tree and mommy tree love each other very much.......

LOL

(sorry, couldn't help it.)

I presume they are planning to grow them like everyone else does.

It sounds like the bigger job would be coming up with 2 billion seedlings to plant. On the other hand the shovel industry will get a boost to provide the tools for those 300,000 youths who will be planting them.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juan View Post

It sounds like the bigger job would be coming up with 2 billion seedlings to plant. On the other hand the shovel industry will get a boost to provide the tools for those 300,000 youths who will be planting them.

That could be part of the whole project too, the article isn't really all that great with the details. I mean, this certainly isn't something that's going to be done overnight.
 
petros
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Cuttings work better than seed.
 
Tonington
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Hopefully they do a little more research. Poplars for example would make the air quality worse.
The Paradox of Pollution-Producing Trees - Scientific American
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Cuttings work better than seed.

Depends on the plant. Would you plant a lawn using grass cuttings?
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juan View Post

Depends on the plant. Would you plant a lawn using grass cuttings?

I'd use plugs.

Yup. It can be done.

Plant Propagation by Leaf, Cane, and Root Cuttings: Instructions for the Home Gardener
 
bill barilko
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All that human waste strewn on the roads will no doubt help fertilise the little trees-big ones too for all that-people sh!tting in public isn't about to change.