1,500 trees planted to offset the carbon footprint of the next novel

In a unique initiative, author Khushwant Singh, the Hoshiarpur Literary Society and the Punjab Forest Department have collaborated to plant trees in an effort to eliminate the carbon footprint of Khushwant Singh’s upcoming novel, The Opium Toffee. The Punjab Forest Department carried out this plantation at the Punjab Forest Nursery at Muallanpur. The department has planted 1,500 trees, including species like shishma, kanakchampa, rajhain, ssukh chain, australian kikar, kaindu.

Every writing and editing activity results in the release of greenhouse gases, and the main contributor is carbon dioxide and methane. According to Singh, this idea came from a conversation with a friend from the organization Sustain to Survive. “I am sure that the step we have taken will take root and that many such initiatives will follow. Rough estimates suggest that 15 trees over a lifetime can offset one tonne of CO2e. Keeping in mind the different stages of writing and publishing, plant mortality under forest conditions, etc., I thought 1,500 trees would be a safe number to plant,” says Singh.

The Opium Toffee is a love story set in Punjab and London in the 1980s.

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