Earth Day 2021: Now An App To Save Trees

Earth Day 2021: Now An App To Save Trees

Save Trees app was launched on April 14, by the NGO New Delhi Nature Society, with an aim to connect people around the world to save trees
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Earth Day 2021: Now An App To Save TreesThe app will also help users learn about the local laws that cover trees, and prevent illegal felling
Highlights
  • Save Trees App is a global app, it notifies users if a tree is getting cut
  • The app will also help users learn about the local laws about trees
  • We want people to be empowered to take action: Verhaen Khanna

New Delhi: The green cover in cities is constantly under threat due to urbanisation. In the recent years, there have been many instances where citizens have protested against felling of trees. Whether it is Mumbai’s Aarey Forest or Gurgaon’s Aravali Biodiversity park, citizens have realised the importance of trees for clean air and have taken a stand against the deforestation. Now you can also make your voice heard and maybe save a tree through a newly launched app called ‘Save Trees’.

Save Trees app was launched on April 14, and is a brainchild of Verhaen Khanna, Head of the NGO New Delhi Nature Society, working for the protection of trees, animals and birds.

Mr Khanna tells NDTV that he gets calls and messages from across Delhi, and even outside Delhi, on a daily basis, about trees being cut or damaged. He said,

We have received many calls regarding trees being cut over the years. A lot of times we were able to help. However, in most cases, people don’t know what to do to save trees. Sometimes people who know what to do, are not aware about where and when the trees are being cut. People are generally also not aware about their local laws for trees. So, everyday trees are being cut for various reasons. Through this app, we aim to connect people around the world to save trees.

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The app creates a line of communication between a person who sees a tree getting cut but doesn’t know what to do, with the people who know what to do, but don’t know where and when a tree is being cut.

The app is simple to use, if you see a tree being cut, you can post it on the app and notify like-minded people nearby. This is a global app, it has filters and location settings so that users can be notified about cases in different parts of the world. So, if a tree is being cut near you, you will get the notification on your phone. Moreover, the authorities can also use this App to save trees.

Users nearby can also reach the location quickly, they can try and save the trees, or the authorities can be immediately notified if they have this free app downloaded in their devices. Also, cases posted in the app can be easily shared on all other social media platforms, Mr Khanna said.

Moreover, the app will also help users learn about the local laws that cover trees, and prevent illegal felling.

The app has been developed using a crowdfunding campaign, with a target amount is Rs 2 lakh. Mr Khanna and his team were able to raise approximately Rs 1,10,000, with the help of 36 people and took help from a Kerala based company working on nature conservation, Leopard Tech Labs, to develop it.

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Mr Khanna says that with this app, he wants people to be empowered to take action. He further explains that the app is currently available on Google Play Store and will soon be launched on iOS, and as more people start using the app, then the functioning of the app will become even more efficient.

We will also be updating it from time to time, people can give their feedback within the app, which we will use towards its improvements, he said.

With this one-of-a-kind app, Mr Khanna hopes people of all ages will learn the local laws about trees from each other, which will prevent illegal felling of trees, and the wildlife dependant on trees will also be saved.

Planting trees is easy, we do that every year. But saving trees is much more important otherwise the trees which you planted will be easily destroyed in front of your eyes or behind your back, Mr Khanna signed off.

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World

19,59,54,660Cases
6,30,45,359Active
12,87,22,004Recovered
41,87,297Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,59,54,660 and 41,87,297 have died; 6,30,45,359 are active cases and 12,87,22,004 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,15,28,114 43,509Cases
4,03,840 4,404Active
3,07,01,612 38,465Recovered
4,22,662 640Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,28,114 confirmed cases including 4,22,662 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,03,840 and 3,07,01,612 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,82,914 6,857

85,913 466

60,64,856 6,105

1,32,145 286

Kerala

33,27,301 22,056

1,50,040 4,164

31,60,804 17,761

16,457 131

Karnataka

28,99,195 1,531

22,592 82

28,40,147 1,430

36,456 19

Tamil Nadu

25,53,805 1,756

21,521 667

24,98,289 2,394

33,995 29

Andhra Pradesh

19,59,942 2,010

20,999 34

19,25,631 1,956

13,312 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,313 87

768 30

16,84,790 116

22,755 1

West Bengal

15,25,773 815

11,370 10

14,96,294 811

18,109 14

Delhi

14,36,093 67

573 3

14,10,471 61

25,049 3

Chhattisgarh

10,01,651 164

2,226 164

9,85,905 327

13,520 1

Odisha

9,72,517 1,703

15,765 65

9,51,049 1,699

5,703 69

Rajasthan

9,53,605 30

268 10

9,44,384 40

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,802 28

274 11

8,14,452 39

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,778 11

130 8

7,81,135 18

10,513 1

Haryana

7,69,828 32

702 1

7,59,499 28

9,627 3

Bihar

7,24,673 76

480 4

7,14,554 80

9,639

Telangana

6,43,093 657

9,314 77

6,29,986 578

3,793 2

Punjab

5,98,947 65

559 24

5,82,102 84

16,286 5

Assam

5,62,731 1,276

14,499 536

5,43,031 1,791

5,201 21

Jharkhand

3,47,049 27

237 10

3,41,686 36

5,126 1

Uttarakhand

3,41,934 60

672 13

3,33,901 47

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,026 160

1,139 15

3,15,511 144

4,376 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,499 116

953 30

2,01,026 84

3,520 2

Goa

1,70,810 81

1,082 48

1,66,586 127

3,142 2

Puducherry

1,20,627 97

923 0

1,17,912 96

1,792 1

Manipur

95,824 1,003

10,922 120

83,392 871

1,510 12

Tripura

77,788 376

3,861 107

73,177 267

750 2

Meghalaya

63,014 541

5,456 124

56,510 409

1,048 8

Chandigarh

61,943 5

36 1

61,098 6

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,142 342

4,301 14

42,617 325

224 3

Mizoram

36,407 1,110

11,610 686

24,657 424

140

Nagaland

27,586 114

1,350 34

25,684 78

552 2

Sikkim

25,856 240

3,117 42

22,406 198

333

Ladakh

20,320 6

64 6

20,049 12

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,642 3

41 3

10,597 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,155 6

76 6

10,029 11

50 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,531 1

7 5

7,395 6

129

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