Swami Prem Parivartan AKA Peepal Baba was born in 1966 in Chandigarh, India. Born to a medical doctor in the Indian Army, he had the opportunity to travel across the country at a young age. He fell in love with the mountains, rivers, and forests at a very young age. By the age of ten, he started planting trees in his neighborhood. The hobby grew into a passion soon enough.
Swami Prem Parivartan is popularly known as Peepal Baba, as his name became synonymous with tree planting work in India, particularly the planting and preservation of the Peepal tree.
He is the founder of the environmental charity Give Me Trees, which started as a hobby activity for planting trees by some students in 1977. Three decades later, in 2011 it was registered as an environmental charity dedicated to planting and conserving trees. Today, GiveMeTrees Trust is one of the largest community based voluntary tree planting and conservation movements in India.
The effort is dedicated to planting for three Bs…bees, birds and butterflies. Shade and fruit trees, native trees and shrubs, are the priority for preservation and conservation. GiveMeTrees has planted the largest number of Peepal and Neem trees in the world.
The GiveMeTrees team consists of volunteers from all walks of life. Over 7,000 volunteers and interns across the country help conserve the tree saplings that are planted in various public and private places such as gardens, roadsides, highways, expressways, road medians, schools, colleges, university areas, military stations, mountains, and river banks.
Community education, awareness, and volunteer mobilization campaigns are a priority activity for team GiveMeTrees.
Give Me Trees Trust and Peepal Baba have planted and facilitated the planting and preservation of approximately 20 million trees in his lifetime.
Volunteers from across the country have helped and supported Peepal Baba over the years. He has a post graduate in English Literature. He also has a Masters degree in Mass Communications. He teaches college students for a living and spends the rest of his day traveling and teaching people the art of planting trees.
He promotes natural farming techniques and gives talks on organic farming. He promotes the cause of desi cow, gobar manure, composting, waste management and intensive tree planting in form of green belts and city forests. He has planted over 10 million Peepal trees. Other varieties planted include Banyan, Pilkhan, Jamun, Mango, Neem, Sheesham and Babool. He travels across the country and promotes the love for trees among children, social clubs, societies, NGOs, colleges, universities, and other institutions.
John Abraham has gifted him a Yamaha bike so that he can travel long distances through the countryside to promote tree planting. Except for Kerala, he has visited all parts of the country including the remotest corners of Ladakh and the North East.
Born into an illustrious Jain family of businessmen and academicians, he chose to be a teacher as a career. A voracious reader, books are his first love. His favorite author has always been Ruskin Bond.