Lt Col Bharat Pannu undertook the Go Green Campaign along with his attempt at the 5000 km cycling event RACE ACROSS AMERICA (RAAM) 2019. Apart from increasing awareness about the benefit of tree plantation, he was at the forefront in planting 5000 trees (1 tree for each km of RAAM) as part of the Go Green Campaign. He was able to take this initiative forward along with the full-fledged support of the Forest Department, Nashik, and Samsonite South Asia Pvt Ltd, Nashik. The forest department provided the suitable land for plantation in Wasali Shivar, Near Sula Vineyards, Nashik and Samsonite took the responsibility of providing saplings, preparing pits, watering for 3 years, fencing along with the overall security. The selection of the trees was done in consultation with the forest department to maintain the local ecosystem and ensure high survivability.
The tree plantation drive to plant 5000 trees commenced on 15th June 2019 with the onset of monsoons and concluded in August 2019. The plantation drive was made possible with extensive support from the Nashik citizens who came ahead to support the cause. The whole-hearted support from Neeta Narang and Dr. Manisha Raundal made this mission possible within the small time frame of 06 months. Nashik Police department, Forest Department, Nashik Cyclists, Nashik Runners, schools & colleges came ahead to take an active part in the plantation drive.
Pannu said - “More such plantation drive should take place to maintain the balance of the ecosystem which is getting deteriorated along with the progress made by the human race. We have to understand our responsibility towards the environment and support such activities in the best way possible.”