Welcome to Project
Project GreenHands (PGH) is a huge, viral tree planting movement that aims to reverse desertification, malnutrition and poverty within Tamil Nadu by mobilizing 100% of the state's population to plant 114 million trees as fast as possible. The uniquely inclusive social strategy enrolls and involves every sector of society to work together towards their shared environmental security and well being.
Businesses and NGO's, military and civil servants, university students and schools children, self help groups, farmers and villagers break down social divides to pitch their energy and resources towards the propagation and planting of millions of saplings together, every year. Launched in 2005 in response to the tsunami, over 2 million people will have enabled 10 million trees to be planted throughout 1,800 communities by the end of 2010.
Trees offer multiple benefits to the rural millions struggling with agricultural debt and the impacts of intensified droughts and floods brought on by climate change. The PGH grass roots, social mobilization strategy is designed to rekindle hope and possibility, pro-activity, environmental responsibility and ultimately levels of self sufficiency that are sustainable and in harmony with living systems.
We hope to partner with like minded institutions and corporations nationally and internationally to facilitate the scale of reforestation required, and to shine the global spot light on a strategy that is replicable, scalable and relevant world wide.