India Yamaha Motors, a leading player in the automotive industry, proudly conducted a plantation drive as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities at SIPCOT Vallam Vadagal, Chennai.
A total of 181 fully grown trees, including maghizham and pungai, were meticulously planted on the road median at SIPCOT Vallam, Vadagal during the initiative. To enhance the survival rate of the newly planted trees, tree guards were installed, ensuring a nurturing environment for their growth.
The event was graced by esteemed dignitaries from India Yamaha Motors, including Mr. Eishin Chihana, Chairman and managing Director; Mr. Wataru Yamazaki, Director; Mr. S Kumar, Vice President; Mr. P S Ganeshan, Vice President; and Mr. Ajay Mahajan, Vice President. Their presence underscored India Yamaha’s commitment to environmental sustainability and community well-being.
Adding to the significance of the occasion, Dr. K Nalini, Project Officer at SIPCOT Industrial Park, Vallam Vadagal, joined as a special guest. The collaboration between India Yamaha and SIPCOT reflects a shared vision for a greener and healthier environment.
During his speech, Mr. Eishin Chihana emphasized the significance of tree plantation for the environment, expressing India Yamaha Motors’ determination to contribute to the environmental cause. He stated, “We are very happy and honored to plant these trees here, which will significantly contribute to the ecology and environment of the surrounding areas.”
The successful execution of the plantation drive was made possible through the dedicated efforts of Viruksham, an initiative of the Mastermind Foundation that actively works towards environmental causes. Viruksham played a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth implementation of the project, contributing to the overall success of the event.
The 181 matured trees planted during the drive will not only contribute to the beautification of the area but will also serve as a testament to India Yamaha Motors’ commitment to sustainable development. This initiative aligns with the company’s broader CSR goals of promoting environmental conservation and creating a positive impact on the communities it serves.
The initiative will contribute towards environmental balance, Birds nesting & migratory birds, Shade & control of temperature in the surrounding areas, and carbon absorption.
The 181 fully grown trees planted during the event are expected to absorb a substantial amount of carbon dioxide, contributing significantly to the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint. On average, a mature tree can absorb approximately 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Therefore, the newly planted trees are estimated to absorb over 8,688 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, thereby contributing to the mitigation of climate change and promoting a healthier environment.
Lt Col N Thiagarajan, a distinguished veteran and General Secretary of Mastermind Foundation, Viruksham, shed light on the dual benefits of Pungai and Magilam trees, highlighting their aesthetic appeal and high medicinal value. Various parts of these trees, such as leaves, seeds, and bark, are known for their therapeutic benefits. These traditional medicinal uses have been acknowledged for centuries in our culture.”
The statement by Lt Col N Thiagarajan underscores the need for a collective effort to conserve and propagate these valuable tree species, aligning with broader environmental conservation goals.
India Yamaha Motors expresses gratitude to all the participants, volunteers, and partners who contributed to the success of this plantation drive. The company remains dedicated to fostering a culture of environmental responsibility and looks forward to more such initiatives in the future.
About Mastermind Foundation
Mastermind Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainable development. Viruksham, an initiative of Mastermind Foundation, focuses on tree planting and environmental awareness programs.