Grassroot Nonprofit Plants 10 Million Trees - Wins Indira Gandhi Award

By Isha, PRNE
Thursday, June 3, 2010

MCMINNVILLE, Tennessee, June 4, 2010 - Isha Foundation's Project GreenHands, founded by Sadhguru, a renowned
humanitarian, will receive India's highest environment award, the Indira
Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar award (IGPP). This award, given to those who have
made a measurable and major impact in the protection of the environment, will
be presented by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests, on World
Environment Day, June 5th, in New Delhi.

Sadhguru will be accepting the award for Project GreenHands' significant
contributions in environmental protection, conservation, regeneration and
awareness creation.

Project GreenHands is a mass tree planting movement dedicated to
mobilizing the population of India's southern state, Tamil Nadu, to plant 114
million trees in ten years. This unique project involves every sector of
society, from businesses to school children and farmers, to work together
towards their environmental security and well being.

After the 2005 tsunami swept away so many Indian lives and livelihoods, a
group of Isha volunteers noticed that forested coastal villages suffered
significantly less damage thanks to protective tree cover. An idea arose:
Could trees be a tool for survivors to reconnect with their land,
concurrently coping with their grief? In response, Isha grew and later gifted
25,000 saplings on white cloths to families for an unprecedented mass
planting in memory of their loved ones.

Since its launch after the tsunami, over 2 million people have
participated in planting 10 million trees throughout 1,800 communities. The
project grew rapidly in scope and one year later established a Guinness World
Record of over 850,000 trees planted in a day. In the next 5 years, Project
GreenHands plans to gift 20 million saplings and conduct awareness campaigns
reaching 10 million people from all walks of life.

About Sadhguru: A visionary, environmentalist, and spiritual leader, his
non denominational disaster relief, educational and rural development
programs have helped underserved communities in India, Africa and the US. He
has been a special invitee at such prestigious conferences as the World
Economic Forum, United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, TED, Noetic Science
Conference, World Council of Religious Leaders, Australian Leadership
Council, Dartmouth's Business School and Google. He's been named as one of
India's 50 most powerful people by India Today Magazine and weekly
contributes to the Huffington Post.

    Contact: U.S. Michele Kelly - +1-415-388-8009
             India  Kumar Govind - +919443731964

Michele Kelly, U.S., +1-415-388-8009, mkelly at, or Kumar Govind, India, +919443731964, kumarisha at

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