We’ve all heard of “Babas” who have the capacity to transform the world with their divine wisdom, and whenever we think of a “Baba,” we can’t help but think of those old men dressed in saffron and going to sacred locations. But today, Mad4India brings you the story of “Peepal Baba,” who is helping Mother Earth by planting trees.
He is not a saffron-clad man, but a young Indian environmentalist who began planting trees when he was 11 years old. In 44 years, he planted nearly one crore trees across India. Let’s uncover that who is this Peepal Baba who is making a green heaven on Earth.
Peepal Baba- Indian Environmentalist Activist
Peepal Baba is a famous Indian environmentalist who has been planting trees and conserving the environment for 44 years. Inspired by his childhood advice from his grandmother, the little boy turned his simple hobby of planting trees into a well-established foundation and trust, “Give Me Trees” that has more than 10,000 volunteers and has a record of planting 25 million trees and more than 1.25 neem and peepal trees.
Well, that little boy is now known as the “Peepal Baba” and his real name is Swami Prem Parivartan. He is on a mission of increasing the number of trees so that Mother Earth doesn’t become deserted. However, he mainly focused on growing Peepal trees as he understood that for people, these trees are sacred and they will not cut them. Hence, their sacredness provides automation protection to the trees.
Just like his work, this Indian environmentalist has been inclined towards mother nature because of the family values that he received in childhood. Let’s have a look at how Swami Prem Parivartan brought Parivartan into the environment.
Peepal Baba’s Life Story
Born in 1966 in Chandigarh, Swami Prem Parivartan belongs to the Army family. At birth, he was given the name, “Azad Jain.” However, his name was changed to “Swami Prem Parivartan” when he took the teaching of Yoga and meditation. His father, K.C. Jain is a doctor in the Army and his sister, Bharti Chopra is also a doctor. Swami Prem Parivartan completed his schooling at the Cambrian Hall Dehradun and he completed his post-graduation from Savitribai Phule University, Pune, Maharashtra.
Well, Swami’s love for plants was instilled in him during his childhood as his grandmother used to teach him the importance of plants and trees in our lives. However, there is one incident that inspired this Indian environmentalist to take the first step in the preservation of the trees.
While studying at the school, one of his teachers said, “One should plant at least 20 trees, only then the damage done to the environment can be reversed. I planted four neem trees initially, followed be six peepal trees.”
His teacher’s words left a huge impact on him and on 26 January 1977, at the age of 11 years old, Swami planted his first tree on Range Hills Road at Kirkee Military Station, Pune, Maharashtra. Since the age of 11, planting trees became his passion and then he decided to connect with more people in his initiative, for which he started the hobby club, “Give Me Trees.” In his club, he used to ask his family and friends to plant more trees and water them regularly.
|Peepal Baba Real Name
|Swami Prem Parivartan
|Postgraduate in English Literature, Astrology, Yoga, Meditation, Counselling & Spiritual teachings
|Peepal Baba Wife
|Indian Environmentalist and Founder of Give Me Trees Trust
|Social Media Presence
|Peepal Baba Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/peepalbaba/
“Give Me Trees” Trust
Started as a hobby club by a young Indian environmentalist, the “Give Me Trees” trust was officially registered on 13th October 2011, under the Indian Trusts Act, of 1882. Give Me Trees is one of the largest communities that is based on voluntary planting and conservation movements in India. Through this trust, our Indian Environmentalist, Swami has connected more than 17,000+ volunteers and has done the plantation of more than 25 million trees in the 27 states across the country. Various awareness campaigns has been also organised by this trust in schools, colleges and public places to encourage them to work for the welfare of the environment.
Journey of becoming “Peepal Baba”
As an Indian Environmentalist, Peepal Baba has contributed a lot to his initiative and since 44 years, the tree plantation drive has been a serious priority for him. Although, he believed that awareness is increasing but he also understands that even that awareness needed to be backed by the right actions. With the awareness campaign, Swami Prem Parivartan has evoked the soul of an Indian environmentalist in every human and with his Give Me Trees, trust also aims to provide the platform that help the people to take the right action and plant the trees.
1. Connecting with Give Me Trees
Thus, Swami Prem Parivartan decided to connect people and for that, they have created a dedicated Facebook website where the young Indian environmentalist can connect just by dropping a message and the people of Give Me Trees will connect back to them. Apart from this, they also provide practical training to school students, retired army officers, shopkeepers and teenagers to housewives on how to plant and conserve trees effortlessly.
2. Three Thumb Rules
To ensure the longevity of the planted saplings, this Indian environmentalist has developed a simple mantra, “Plant only that tree which you can preserve.” Give Me Trees follows the three thumb rules, First is No ornamentals, only native trees, as tree survival is dependent on planting and keeping those varieties that are local or indigenous to that location. The second rule is to respect the soil and number three, take an oath after planting a sapling that you will look after the plant until it becomes a tree for at least three years.
The Unstoppable Indian Environmentalist, Peepal Baba
This is how Swami Prem Parivartan has connected so many people in this initiative of conserving nature and till now, Give Me Trees has planted trees across Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi NCR, Haryana, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. This Indian environmentalist has dedicated his life to the plantation of trees to cover the earth in Green and save this planet.
His ultimate goal is to make our world a more pleasant place to live, with clean air and plenty of greenery. Tree planting is not a one-day event; it must become part of our daily routine. He urges everyone to come out and conduct this environmentally friendly good deed for their children and future generations.
Mad4India truly admires Peepal Baba for all the contributions he has made to the conservation of plants and planet Earth. We wish that people get encouraged by his story.
Frequently Asked Questions
Name some top 5 famous environmentalists of India.
1. Sunita Narain
2. Vandana Shiva
3. Chandi Prasad Bhatt
4. Medha Patkar
5. Sunderlal Bahuguna
Who is the founder of Give Me Trees?
Swami Prem Parivartan is the founder of Give Me Trees.
When was “Give Me Trees” founded?
It was started as a hobby club and later it was registered as a trust on October 13, 2011.
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