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Global Seedball Campaign

Civil 20 India

A simple technique for eco-restoration

We are encouraging volunteers to make seedballs as an easy and sustainable way to increase green spaces and support biodiversity in their local environments. It’s a simple process of rolling tree and plant seeds into balls of soil, clay and other organic materials. They are then dispersed in public spaces such as forests, parks, roadsides, and other wildlife areas where they naturally germinate.

In 2023, Amma began the Global Seedball Campaign as Chair of Civil 20 during India’s G20 Presidency.  Volunteers planted more than 1 million seedballs worldwide.

“When thrown into the forests, they start to germinate and grow. Trees in the forest do not usually need any water or fertilisers, their own fallen leaves become fertilisers to such trees,” said Amma.

“Alignment with nature is the lasting and closest bond for the human body and life. As long as we do not acknowledge this eternal unity between humankind and these natural forces, peace, happiness, and harmony will remain a dream.”

The Hon’ble President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, joined the campaign with the Govt of Puducherry. The Indian Navy and Tamil Nadu Forestry department also took part. The teams distributed another 1.4 million seedballs, including by helicopter. 

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