Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Give me Peepal Trees
Explain your idea in details:
Peepal Trees which are native to Indian subcontinent can thrive in hot and humid weather. They prefer full sunlight and can grow in most soil types, though loam is the best and can go up to 30 meters in height. My idea is to go for maximum plantation of Peepal trees in countries which receives maximum sunlight or are on equator. They could be planted in parks, religious precincts, institutional and public buildings and places where larger open areas are available, wider avenues, may be even groves. They will provide maximum cooling in temperature as compared to other trees and can help fight climate change.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Peepal tree can turn out to be a major weapon in fighting global warming as it provides maximum oxygen 24*7 and purifies the surroundings and plays a vital role in preserving the ozone layer as well as reducing air pollution. In traditional medicine, it is beneficial in treating nearly 50 types of disorders such as asthma, dysentery, arthritis, boils and acne, etc. The leaves, the bark and the fibre are used for fodder, dye, tanning, and the milk is used as a sealant. These trees provide us shade, shelter, a purer environment, so many health and medicinal benefits besides their unique beauty and cultural significance. Continuously research has also proved that the sound and interacting flow of wind, with peepal leaves, slowly but surely kills infection bacteria as well. According to the book of Ayurveda, peepal leaves, fruits and bark are killers of diseases. People tree has both sweet and bitter taste and has a cooling property.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Peepal tree needs a lot of surface area to grow and spread its roots and due to the spread of its roots it can create problems with the walls and foundations of buildings. So it must be planted in open areas. A mass movement can be created regarding the several benefits of planting peepal trees and there should be atleast 5 or more peepal trees in each district depending upon its area. Usually they require care for 1 to 2 years, once they are fully grown they can sustain themselves and generally have long life span. A campaign under the name "Need to bring peepal trees to the cities" can be launched as cities are more polluted and can absorb Carbon Dioxide even during night.
I am Rohit Gujral and I am 25 years old. I was born in the Himalayan state of India called Uttarakhand in a beautiful valley called Dehradun. I am a Chartered Accountant and wants to go for MBA from one of the best B-Schools of India. Dehradun once used to be a cool place and people used to migrate here to escape heat. But climate change and increasing population has disturbed its demography. It is not as cool as it used to be. Earlier the city used to have many peepal trees but they are being cut down in the name of development. But still the old Rajpur area has lot of peepal trees on both the sides of the road.