Our Mother Planet has given us plenty over the years. Though it is our responsibility to give it back to her. The government does their part by cutting down a number of trees every day for urban development across our country. In fact, The rate of cutting trees is too high in comparison to their plantings. But, here is a bus conductor from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu who spends his weekly off Planting Trees rather than spending time with family.
PLANTING 38,000 TRESS IN 28 YEARS
M Yoganathan is a bus conductor for Marudhamalai-Gandhipuram Number 70 bus and has been working at the Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation (TNSTC) for the last 18 years. Yoganathan has planted more than 3 lakh saplings across 32 of Tamil Nadu’s districts for over 28 years.
The CBSE Class V General Knowledge textbook features this 49-year-old calling him as a Green Crusader. The book reads,
He is a bus conductor from Tamil Nadu, who has single-handedly planted more than 38,000 trees in 28 years. He has made commendable efforts to save wildlife and spreading awareness about conservation among youth.
Yoganathan, a 12th-grade pass out said,
I am a native of Mayiladuthurai near Nagapattinam. I was amazed by the beauty of the Nilgiris where I worked as a sales representative after finishing school. After witnessing trees being smuggled out, I had even staged a protest against it. Such events ignited the spark in me to work on conserving the environment. On my weekly off, Monday, I go plant trees in all educational institutions like schools, colleges, and universities.
M Yoganathan, a bus conductor from Coimbatore, has single-handedly planted more than 38,000 trees in 28 years using his own modest income.👍 pic.twitter.com/BVXgSXMwb6
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) October 11, 2017
Yoganathan had been constantly opposing against cutting trees for firewood since 1987.
Yoganathan did not stop his service towards nature even after moving from Kodanad to Coimbatore as a bus conductor.
AN INSPIRING GREEN CRUSADER
Yoganathan believes in spreading this message among the young generation by planting saplings and saving wildlife. Hailing about the same he said
I participate in conferences and guest lectures in universities and colleges to engage students about conservation of the environment. I was recently invited to local arts and science college where I delivered the guest lecture.
Beyond that, he inspires children in various educational institutions to plant trees. He names the tree after the child’s name who planted it. Not only this, the National Service Scheme (NSS) teams of schools and colleges also invite him to participate in their activities and spread the knowledge about environmental protection. He has also visited around 3000 schools to spread this awareness.
Yoganathan has several transfers to his credit for the care he gives to the environment. Moreover, he does not receive any support from the government as well. The Green Crusader has received the Eco-Warrior Award, a State Environment Department Award in 2008, a CNN-IBN Real Heroes Award in 2011 and a Periyar Award in 2015.