The Rural Development Ministry has decided to tackle the “2 birds with one stone” so to say.
Those 2 stones consist of youth unemployment and bad air quality. India plans to hire youths, possibly up to 300,000 of them to help plant over 2 billion trees along the highways of the unique country.
The Shipping and Rural Development Minister, Nitin Jairam Gadhari said this past week, “The length of the National Highways in the country is 62,137 miles long.” Gahari went on to say that “I have asked officials to come out with a plan to plant 200 crore (or 2 billion) trees along these stretches, which in turn would create jobs for the unemployed on the one hand, and protect the environment on the other.”
India is known to have heavy pollution problems, as do much of Asia and the Middle-East. Experts noted that the tree would not only reduce pollution problems but also help a slumping population of young people looking for work.
A study conducted in the United Kingdom showed that houses in and around Lancaster, U.K. had as much as 65% in reduced pollution by having trees near or around them. The study also showed that India could reduce their pollution status by as much as 50% by installing the 2 billion trees on their National Highway system.