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Urban Forests in India – an urgent need.
Climate change has become an inevitable and urgent global challenge. We have been feeling the impact of human-caused global warming for years - from unprecedented heatwaves to extreme weather conditions such as floods, droughts and storms. We believe we need to come together and create solutions; we need to act now, and we need to act fast. Acacia Eco is our small contribution to the colossal task of changing course and restoring nature by creating urban forests in India, one tree at a time.
There is no single ‘silver bullet’ solution to the climate crisis. We must use an ‘all of the above’ approach including promoting clean and renewable energy sources, controlling plastic pollution, reducing carbon footprint etc. Forestation in India alone would not be enough to remove the needed proportion of the extra carbon that is in the atmosphere It will need to be used in combination with other technologies. However, these technologies are still in development stage and forestation in India is currently one of the most effective carbon removal applications.
Urban forests in India can act as productive carbon sinks, they store water and help regulate weather, they are a source of food and medicine, and they help clean the air in cities and across whole land masses. A growing body of research also highlights that urban forests in India improve our health and well-being.
Biodiversity is also under threat, globally and nationally. India has a unique responsibility due to the tremendous biodiversity including several endemic species – meaning species that are found nowhere else in the world. Urban forests in India is one of the most effective ways of increasing and protecting biodiversity.
Acacia Eco aims to create modular urban forests in India – forests that can be “inserted” in any available spaces. This creates endless opportunities for creating urban forests in India – from residences, schools, university, factories, green belts, parks and gardens, community spaces etc.