Chennai Trekking Club was started in 2008 with a motto to introduce outdoor living and adventurous lifestyle for the people of Chennai. CTC gradually expanded as South India's largest volunteering organisation also focusing on biking, photography, swimming , cycling and running through various events.
Ainthinai the Green wing of CTC was set up in 2012 with a centralized aim on creating a sustainable environment for the future. Nature conservation events like tree plantations and maintenance, clean ups at water bodies, organic and terrace farming, workshops on waste management and plastic free lifestyle form an integral part of Ainthinai.
Green Day the annual event of Ainthinai is held with Afforestation as the theme. With the Concrete jungles expanding and urbanization spreading like wild fire there is no green cover to absorb the carbon emission from the mechanized world.
In the first edition of Green day, 1000 tree saplings were planted at Thennery near Kancheepuram and in 2015 1500 saplings were planted at a reserve forest in Siruvanjur off Padappai. In the third edition of Green day more than 1000 native saplings like Palm, Banyan, Pungai, Marutham, Naaval, Illupai, Karuvelam, Neem etc were planted at Kambarajpuram near Walajabad, Kancheepuram on Sept 4th 2016. All the green day events have been a collaborated event with the Tamilnadu Govt. Forest department. Also , the first of its kind in a forest environment, drip irrigation system has been installed to water the saplings using recycled plastic water bottles.
Tree walk sessions by eminent environmentalists and botanists were conducted at Madras Christian College, Nanmangalam Reserve forests, Nizhal Park Kotturpuram, Theosophical society, Adyar and Yerungadu Arboretum at Eiledu, Madhuranthagam.
Clean Ups were conducted at Heritage sites around Chennai as as part of a mission to preserve the rich cultures of our ancestors. Brahmadesam, Ayyangarkulam and Mahabalipuram are some of the heritage sites that were cleaned.
With the support of Highways Department of TN we were able to conduct plantation drives at Velachery, Guindy (Anna Univ), Avadi and OMR. More than 1000 saplings have been planted in various drives and are being maintained periodically.
After the tropical Storm Vardah, Chennai lost most of the golden green cover. We began our mission towards recovering the lost by analyzing lot of options and are working on a high level plan. Natural Calamities cannot be controlled, but to re spawn and fix the loss is in our hands.
Ainthinai has the habit of taking care of the budding trees. Maintenance activities will be organised for approximately one year where volunteers will be involved in removing weeds, mulching, manuring, digging water holes etc around the saplings. As a result of these maintenance activities the saplings planted during the previous years have shown a survival rate of 75 to 80 percent. The automated and engineered life is engulfing even the remote areas of the world which might result in an environment that may not support a healthy living for the generations to come. CTC and Ainthinai are working tirelessly in breaking these walls from the daily lifestyle of the common man and exposing them to an arena of happy and healthy and a living.
We all know the significance of afforestation… SAPians had a chance to plant saplings on ‘Green Day’. We planted around 1000+ saplings. There were more than 300volunteers who made the day possible. The weather was pleasant as it helped us to make our plans possible. We had immense satisfaction and a great joy in planting the saplings. We should continue todo the same for the rest of our lives so that the upcoming generations wll be benefitted and the world becomes a better place to live.
Green day is one of my unforgetable days in my life. Me and my friends planted nearly 1000 saplings. It was an amazing experience to me. It was my first experience ever to work with so many unknown people . They helped each other without even knowing them. They guided us how to plant saplings in a correct manner. I had planted nearly 10 saplings in a proper manner. Then I was putting mulch for many saplings. Our instructor taught me more on how to plant saplings in a correct way. There were different variety of saplings. Some plants (peepal tree) gives oxygen during both day and night. I work under a team called Arasan. It was a different experience to me and I learned lot from this experience and also had lot of fun.
Green day, it was really a green day for me. An unforgettable moment, especially I enjoyed a lot on that day. Planting 1000+ rare trees in a day is a very big thing. I Planted some sapling in my home with my family .But it was a nice experience to plant saplings with my friends and some strangers. Even they became friends to us. And we had good interaction with them .The most important thing is that I was very proud to be a part of green day. When I was planted sapling in my home I used to do a simple steps for plantation. But here they taught a big process to plant a single sapling. I came there with a mind of boring but it became an amazing day to me. There we made some fun and I really enjoyed it a lot. On that day we planted many saplings. The main thing is that there were rare varieties of plants.
Green day was the unique day in my life and a different experience to me. My first experience to help my unknown neighbours was on that day in plantation. It was my first sapling to be planted in a proper way .I felt myself very proud that myself and my friends saved our future a little. Firstly we gathered at Mampakkam. Instructions were given to us in groups. Then we started our work. I worked with an unknown person. She taught me more about plants. Especially there were rare variety of trees . I loved the way the volunteers guided us and helped us . I planted nearly 6 saplings. Then I helped in putting mulch for all the plants in a correct way. It was a wonderful experience that we spent beautiful greenday with nearly 300+ strangers. It was loaded with lots of fun and happiness. It is one of the unforgettable days in my life.
It was an unique experience and we had lots of fun and most importantly we now know how to properly plant a sapling, which many of us were unaware of previously. It was a beautiful experience to try and save the dying reserved forest areas which also creates a greater impact on the environment.