“GIVE ME TREES is not an organization but a movement to bring about a change in the outlook of people towards the backdrop of the stage of life i.e Environment”- Swami Prem Parivatan (Founder)
Swami Prem Parivartan lovingly called ‘PEEPAL BABA’ was generations ahead of his time, in terms of recognizing the importance of trees and environment in sustaining life on Earth. In 1977 when he was just a young student (10yrs old), he started a small hobby club of planting trees. This hobby club today known as Give Me Trees has become one of the largest community based, voluntary tree planting and conservation movements in the world.
Over the years, GMT has planted over 20 million trees across the country in collaboration with the Indian army, Airforce, Government Agencies, Schools, Universities, Corporate, and Villages etc. and has inspired thousands of people to take care of the environment. Native trees including shade trees, fruit trees and shrubs are a priority for preservation and conservation.
Education and awareness have always been a key feature of our work. Because no individual, company, NGO or government can solve the problem of environment degradation alone, it requires collaboration at a massive scale. GMT thus, regularly conducts education and environment seminars in schools, colleges, institutions, corporate and communities.
Looking at the grim urban scenario, GMT is coming up with innovative approaches to maximize urban green spaces involving individuals, as every green leaf makes a difference in fighting the havoc of urban pollution and smog. For rural areas, we are promoting natural farming techniques, permaculture, and cause of desi cows, gobar manure, composting, waste management, water management and intensive tree planting in form of green belts.
GMT team consists of volunteers from all walks of life. Over 7,000 volunteers and interns across the country help conserve the tree saplings that are planted in various public and private places such as gardens, roadsides, highways, expressways, road medians, schools, colleges, university areas, military stations, mountains and river banks.