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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

Earth Day 2021: Now An App To Save Trees

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

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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