Youth Speaker entry #51: Kapil Sharma (India)

I am founder of SayTrees. Most trusted and loved name for getting back the lost greenery in India. Software engineer by professional I am passionate nature lover. I was scared to see changing weather conditions around me and I thought of doing something. Looking at the reducing number of trees around me because of development within cities, I thought of bringing it back by planting saplings where they wont be brought down.

SayTrees is now professionally run group of ordinary people extraordinarily determined to protect the environment not just by themselves, but also by sensitizing others towards the importance of environment conservation and goading them on to participate in tree-plantation campaigns.

Kapil SharmaSayTrees spearheads a variety of initiatives including research, education, sensitisation and advocacy around the importance of environmental preservation and tree plantation. SayTrees thrives on its vast volunteer base that runs into thousands, from young children to busy professionals, housewives and retired citizens. Today, SayTrees organizes tree plantations and drives various initiatives across several Indian cities. We pro-actively engage in identifying potential areas for plantation, keeping in mind the biodiversity and ecological milieu of the local area. We try ensuring that the local communities reap multifold benefits; besides restoring the green cover, the trees also provide them with fruits, flowers, leaves etc commonly used in the community life.

Our mission is to sensitise and empower people to give back to nature and live in an environment conducive to their health and well-being. SayTrees inspires citizens to spare just a few hours on weekends and work towards making their cities, and their lives greener. For seven years, we have worked untiringly with individuals and corporate teams alike to help change the landscape in Bangalore.

We take pride in having fostered a buzzing community of tree lovers who continue to inspire and induct so many more in their fold. And yet, we are just at the beginning of a revolution. Our long term plans entail taking tree plantation drives to more number of cities and inducting many more tree enthusiasts, particularly corporate teams, to be able to amplify both scale and impact of our efforts.

Interested in being a part of our mission ? SayTrees!

Text, photo and video are submitted by Kapil Sharma (India) – kapil.097(at)

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71 thoughts on “Youth Speaker entry #51: Kapil Sharma (India)

  1. Say Trees is doing commendable work and its restoring the lost green cover. Whats most remarkable is that it maintains saplings planted to ensure that they grow into big beautiful trees. Kudos to the team.


  2. SayTrees team is contributing tremendously as a volunteer group focussed to increase and maintain the green cover in the fast developing Bangalore city. They are able to do this in a very holistic way and very gracefully involve participation from different stakeholders that are needed to execute the plantation initiatives- from Government to local community. Hats off to them for all they do. I am a great admirer of trees and this super team.


  3. I still remember those days when i entered in to Bangalore in 2008, i use to feel the chillness even afternoon, which i really lost now a days. i was thinking people just complaining, commenting, but no one ready to come forward to take charge to give support at lease those who really doing it as a passion. there i found Saytrees, the team who’s doing rigorously every week. Their potential is huge for this city ….
    Really proud about those guys…!!!
    They are rock and real hero’s they are!!!


  4. Saytrees is an organisation which is doing pioneering work in restoring the lost green cover in urban areas. I feel proud to volunteer with Saytrees.


  5. I admire how passionately sayTrees is working towards restoring green cover. Lots of tree plantation activities are taking place every year by sayTrees. Tree plantation events are organized very nicely by sayTrees.
    It gives chance to many citizens/corporates to contribute towards eco-friendliness & feel good about it. Also people grow their social network by participating in such events. Keep it up sayTrees.


  6. Volunteering at saytrees and planting tree saplings gives the satisfaction of contributing positively to the society and the environment. Efforts of saytrees team in organizing tree planting events, mobilizing volunteers and the maintenance of planted saplings are commendable.


  7. no wards to say about this kind of activities because say-tree are doing renovation work for make new green environment.


  8. Saytrees is doing tremendous job in restoring our lost green space especially in cities. That is really a wonderful thought by the team and I appreciate all their efforts.


  9. Im indirect contributor to this organization, surely in coming daysi’ll be direct contributor( plantation & maintenance) . Really i’m impressed with this Team,


  10. Though I volunteered for the first time with SayTrees only 4 days ago, I get the sense that the team is very professional, passionate and detail oriented. SayTrees not only strives to plant more saplings but also ensures optimum survival rates through maintenance drives during the dry season. Kudos and keep up the good work.


  11. i worked as a volunteer in bangalore, and the plantation drive is well organized
    Thanks Saytrees for providing opportunity to get my hands dirty after a long time, making my weekend productive and connecting the like minded people.


  12. The team Say Trees is doing a commendable job by planting & maintaining the trees in the urban concrete jungle of Bengaluru (earlier called Bangalore). I feel proud to volunteer for this cause.


  13. This guy actually makes things happen. And in a very professional way, so that the things that should count, count good. My whole-hearted vote and support.


  14. I have volunteered with Saytrees on their plantation drives. Their passion and dedication to restore the green cover has helped mobilize and sensitize many people to join in their efforts. Their work gives me a sense of hope, and belief that things can be better.


  15. The Say Trees Team, is not only planting tree, but also taking care of sapling by providing water as required..for me this effort is not less than any motherly care for her child ..This is the best service we can do for our Mother Earth..


  16. Saytrees is working very hard to make our earth green. I have volunteer several times in plantation and maintenance drive. volunteers of Saytrees work in many cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi etc. this is one of very strong and determined organization. I wish it grows every day and night.


  17. It feels really good to volunteer for say-trees who consistently put effort every year for planting and mainting trees. Their work and effort is inspiring.


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