Save trees-save planets kind of slogans have worn out over the past years. "We need ecological literacy in our curriculum and focus on multipurpose trees rather than trees which provide aesthetics." said Seema Mundoli in the light of her book Cities and Canopies co-written by Harini Nagendra. "Trees and cities share an umbilical cord. Close interaction and connection with nature is always a mind opener and guides to calmness," added Seema Mundoli.
Moderated by Saraswathy Nagarajan's dialogue was crisp, intriguing, and rich in lesser known facts. The session was an eye-opener as it covered areas like architectures' palm fascination, kind of canopies in busy roads and residential areas, eucalyptus plantation controversy, tree as a part of culture and trees to be considered as endangered species.
"Politics and money should be used wisely. Those are the two pillars which can bring drastic changes. Corporate houses can do a lot. It is indeed happy to know that Infosys campus has taken initiatives in planting trees. It is because these corporate houses hold major share of lands and it is an opportunity for them to commence a revolution in ecological balance," added Seema Mundoli, concluding the session.