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BAPS Charities Supports The Environment  By Providing 300,000 Trees

Los Angeles, August 28, 2018
Dilip Butani/- Press released by

BAPS Charities celebrates a three-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) through its Walk Green initiative, a series of walkathons hosted by BAPS Charities across  North America. Beginning in 2016, BAPS Charities coordinated efforts with TNC to raise funds for the Plant a Billion Trees initiative, and on August 24, 2018, presented the final gift of $166,000  to TNC executives and program leadership in Chino Hills, California.

BAPS Charities volunteers and donors provided a total of 300,000 trees to TNC, made possible by $431,000 in total funds  raised over three years by 23,000 walkers at 76 cities across the nation.

TNC staff and leaders attended several of these walks, educating walkers about the importance of environmental protection and the urgent need for all people to become active stewards of the environment.

BAPS Charities volunteers and Board members presented The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Topik, Director of Plant a Billion Trees; Maria Fisher, Donor Stewardship Officer; and Erin Daly, Donor Relations Manager with the check which was followed by a tree-planting ceremony.

“Tree planting and reforestation are the most rewarding ways to improve wildlife habitats and cities, foster clean and abundant waters, and mitigate carbon emissions that cause climate change,” Chris noted during his visit to Chino Hills, “Thanks to the contribution of BAPS Charities volunteers we’ve been able to replant longleaf pine trees in the southern U.S., which have a natural resilience to catastrophic storms, but only 3% of this once common forest -type remains. Your support also planted thousands of shortleaf pine trees in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley where the land has witnessed mass deforestation due to agricultural overdevelopment. These newly  planted trees create opportunities for carbon sequestration and improve lives.” Erin Daly  participated in the event for her third year in a row and remarked, “BAPS Charities volunteers have engaged the next generation of children and young people in passionate ownership of  environmental stewardship, unlike any other organization I have seen.”

Over the last six months, BAPS Charities hosted their annual walkathons across North America his year’s national partner and beneficiary, the Nature Conservancy, continues a partnership between BAPS Charities and the Conservancy from 2016. Walkers from all age groups joined  together in the spirit of service and community support to make each walk a great success.

The Nature Conservancy’s efforts focus on protecting habitats and preserving biodiversity across the world. In addition to targeted conservation efforts, The Nature Conservancy also invests in
research related to conservation and climate change to drive their international efforts.

“Participating in the BAPS Charities Walkathon is a tradition for my family, Walk Green is a focused effort to make a measurable impact in the world. Every year we come together and use the opportunity to support the causes that BAPS Charities carefully selects," said 19-year -old Rucha  Modi.