Adani group ‘to grow million trees by 2023,’ pledges Gautam Adani – Times of India



NEW DELHI: The Adani Group has pledged to “grow 100 million trees by 2030”. The conglomerate made this commitment on the 1t.org — the “Trillion Trees Platform” of the World Economic Forum (WEF), making it the biggest plantation pledge in India so far.
Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani said: “The sheer scale of ambition of 1t.org to plant a trillion trees is simply inspiring. It is a reflection of the resilience of humanity and what can be achieved through the collective power of likeminded people that are determined to fight for a cause. Restoring ecosystems, reversing loss of biodiversity, and reducing soil erosion are all essential for building a greener world and in this context, I am pledging that the Adani Group will plant 100 million trees by 2030 as part of India’s declaration to take a leading position in its commitment at Paris COP 21 to create additional carbon sinks of 2.5-3.0 billion tons of CO2.”
1t.org is a multi-stakeholder platform serving a global movement to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees by 2030, in support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This initiative specifically seeks the engagement of the corporate sector.
The broader trillion trees movement aims to slow down climate change by removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, providing much-needed progress towards climate, biodiversity and SDGs.
“The global goal to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees is ambitious but achievable. The Adani Group is at the forefront of this ambition to tackle the climate and nature crises. The 1t.org India Platform is growing, with more businesses, ecopreneurs, community groups, and youth joining the movement. Conservation and restoration is critical to mitigate the effects of climate change that threaten the livelihoods of millions who depend on forests and agriculture,” said Nicole Schwab, Director, 1t.org and Nature-Based Solutions at World Economic Forum.
Growing trees is one of the best natural solutions for removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
The Adani Group says it has has already planted 2.9 crore trees, which it pledges to conserve.
“The Group aims to have 37.10 million mangrove trees by 2030. This includes conservation as well as afforestation. Mangroves protect coastlines, enhance marine biodiversity, provide local livelihood, prevent saline water ingress, provide breeding ground for fish and other aquatic organisms, and offer many other benefits. The Group targets terrestrial plantations of 63.08 million trees by 2030. These trees would offer benefits in terms of reducing air pollution, providing thermal comfort, recharging the groundwater tables, and preventing soil erosion,” the group said in a statement.





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