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Saluting environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka this Earth Day

Team StoryWeavers|June 07, 2019, 07:09 IST| 58

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22 to promote harmony among various beings living on our planet.  

“He that plant trees, loves others besides himself.”

                                                   – Thomas Fuller, Writer

As children, you’re taught about the significance of preserving mother earth. Be it at school or home it’s ingrained into you how simple habits like closing the water tap after use, replacing plastic bags with paper bags and planting saplings around your house can help the environment. But how many of you take these practices seriously and do your bit for the environment?

On the occasion of the 49th International Mother Earth Day, Team Storyweavers, brings to you the life and work of environmentalist and Padma Shri award winner Saalumarada Thimmakka. She has single-handedly planted over 8000 trees and is an example for all of us to emulate.  

Born in a poor family in Gubbi village of Tumakuru in Karnataka, Thimmakka did not have the privilege to go to school. She started working in a quarry at a young age and was soon married to Bikkala Chikkayya, a labourer from Hulikal village. Being childless worried the couple. That’s when Chikkayya came up with the brilliant idea to plant saplings and nurture them as their own children.

What started off as a solution to a personal crisis soon became their life’s mission. They, together, planted about 385 banyan trees along a four-km stretch from Hulikal to Kudoor. After Chikkayya’s death, Thimmakka continued the noble deed of planting trees. Her outstanding work earned her a name Saalumarada (meaning row of trees in Kannada).

Thimmakka’s contributions to the betterment of the environment don’t limit to planting trees alone. She has also been an active campaigner of rainwater harvesting and is working towards building a hospital in her village. She’s a recipient of various awards and has been listed in BBC’s most influential and inspiring 100 women.   

Thimmakka, who recently turned 107, encourages everyone, especially children, to plant a sapling and nurture it into a tree. Her philosophy is – “If you want to fill the void of emptiness then plant a dream and nourish it like your own baby.”

We hope Thimmakka’s story inspires you to do your bit for mother earth. Do tell us what you would like to do for our planet earth.   

Plant a sapling for a greener tomorrow!

Like this story? Read similar stories at The Learning Tree.

About the Author

Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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Haarika YM

June 21, 2020

Hats off to Thimmakka amma. ?????????????????? I am really really inspired by her

Sairaj Shendage

April 21, 2020


aparna mishra

November 10, 2019

hats off to thimmakka amma


September 2, 2019

Thanks byjus ??

Nithya Kasturi

May 30, 2019

Inspirational story which every child should go across . thank you byzus for the info

Pratik Mondal

May 9, 2019



May 9, 2019

It was an fantastic and inspiring story. Everyone of us must plant a tree


May 9, 2019

Thanks byjuse ? very helpful


May 9, 2019

Thanks BYJU’S for this outstanding information??


May 7, 2019

Thank you byju’s for giving us an knowledge and information like this.I enjoyed on reading this.


May 6, 2019

Thank You ! Byjus for giving us such knowledge about earth day .
I don’t know that before.
Also a heartiest thanks to Saalumarada Thimmakka for creating this day
Clean Earth , Green Earth.


May 6, 2019


M Safinaaz Hussain

May 5, 2019

I Appreciate ?bujus for this useful and valuable information???????


May 1, 2019

What we do is what we feel. And so, we don’t feel the obstacles in nurturing a plant into a tree until we do it. No comments on the efforts of this wonder woman. They are beyond the reach of words


April 30, 2019



April 29, 2019

Inspiring indeed!

Lekshmi Jayan

April 28, 2019

Thank you Byjus for this inspiring information☺☺


April 28, 2019

Thankyou byju’s for the valuable information.

Anushka Shah

April 27, 2019

I have earlier listened to this story but I came through this in detail today.

Umme kulsum khan

April 27, 2019

Thank you byjus ??


April 25, 2019

Thank you Baiju’s for this wonderful information……………
She’s a great inspiration………..


April 25, 2019


Ananya Ghadi

April 25, 2019

I have been part of organization called “Green Saviours” in Belgaum for the last two years. Every Sunday morning we plant or maintain the sites that we already planted and the next Sunday will be our 161st Sunday. We as a team have planted over 15000 trees with survival rate of 75% and will continue do the same. I also learnt about sustainable lifestyle and hence have stopped buying or using plastic bags for the last one year. I ensure my parents and relatives also follow this strictly.
I have also realized that buying things without the need creates garbage and hence have limited my shopping to necessities 🙂


April 24, 2019

One step by everyone can change our beautiful world ?????

Kong kong

April 24, 2019

Thank you BYJU’S for giving us this awareness


April 24, 2019

Thanks BYJU’S for giving us such kind of information


April 24, 2019

It inspire us to do something for our earth

Pradeep mishra

April 23, 2019

Thank you byju’s for giving so useful knowledge to us ?????

Trupti sutar

April 23, 2019

It is very interesting story. We should definitely
plant more trees. ??


April 23, 2019

Thanks Byju’s for such a brilliant info.
Happy Earth Day to all ???

Anushka Singh

April 23, 2019

The journey starts from our own home… We should start from today for a greener tommorow…plant a sapling to save 100 lives…We should save our mother Earth… Thank you byju’s.

Jack Sony

April 23, 2019

Thankyou byju’s for this advice


April 23, 2019

Thanks byjus for sending me very useful information about Earth’Day
From Janhavi

Sonal Rajput

April 23, 2019

Thanks Byjus for this information. I will definitely plant sapling I will reuse the products and I save electricity


April 23, 2019

Every year I plant a sapling this year also I will plant.thankyou byjus

Rudra patel

April 23, 2019

Thanks byju’s for this information

Aleena Cyrus

April 23, 2019

Thanks for spending your valuable time for sharing your knowledge with us.


April 23, 2019

Thanks byjus for this earth dAY INFORMATION

ANU pretty

April 23, 2019



April 23, 2019

Thanks BYJUS for informing us about the the importance of plants in our society.???

Mansi sharma

April 22, 2019

Thanks for the information……on 22 April my mom’s birthday is there ???

Ranjit kunar Ray

April 22, 2019

Thank Byjus for such philanthropic information which
Inspires millions of people to give a shape
Of clean earth.

Daya T S

April 22, 2019

It’s a great inspirational story for me…..


April 22, 2019

It was a great inspirational story.thank you byju’s

Esha Bhattacharya

April 22, 2019

Thank you for such informative facts! Plant trees more and more… Let the world breathe fresh air…. And let us feel fresh and feel free. Keep planting trees. We must make it a habit to plant at least one tree earth on our birthdays. Such an initiative would surely help us step toward a pollution free world!


April 22, 2019

Without ? we cannot survive on the earth so please how many people in your family
You can want number of families we you have plant ?
Suppose you have four number of family members you want to plant ?whole you want
Plants like this ? ? ?

Vedika Mandke

April 22, 2019

Thank you Byjus for such a lovely information!!
You are really spreading the message of plantation more wide! ????☺️☺️


April 22, 2019

Thanks for giving such information.


April 22, 2019

Tq byjus for this information.i will definitely plant a small sapling
I will reuse the products nd save electricity

Alvika Raj

April 22, 2019

Great thanks to byju’s and special thanks to Mrs.Thimmakka for her great contribution to our environment.
I am truly inspired by this inspirational role model and will plant some sapling smyself for our future.??

Ojasvi sharma

April 22, 2019

Really such a inspirational story for us
Thnx byjus

Jesvi Maria

April 22, 2019

Let us change our world!!Let us take a step forward to change our
beautiful blue planet from this destructive means…..
Wish you all HAPPY EARTH DAY


April 22, 2019

Thank you byjus for giving such a awareness

Syed Mustafa Hussain Jafri

April 22, 2019

It was a great inspirational story thanks Byjus for getting to me know about it ??????

Mariya khan

April 22, 2019

Very nice thanks byjus we love you byjus

Ridhima Sinha

April 22, 2019

Thanks byjus for this information ???


April 22, 2019



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