Aapala Paryavaran Monthly
NGO Issue 36
Let us be a PART of our Environment and not APART from it ...
ECO - FRIENDLY Picture Courtesy: www.alphr.com Paryavaran Shala Earth Day Celebra ons Earth Day Celebrated at “Bramhand Ka a” Magic Bucket Demonstra on...............2/5 Visit to Veer Jijamata Bhosale Udyan and Zoo....................................................2 Eco Film Club ac vity................................2 Discussion on Dra Na onal Forest Policy 2018...............................................3 PDM’s Par cipa on in Rotary Exhibi on...3 Devrai Aﬀoresta on Project
Visit by Yuva Sena.....................................3 Green Shoppe Earth Day programs in corporate and school...............................................4 Green Lovers Club GLC’s Session On ‘Bonsai Plants’..............4 Bhatkan Nature Trail at Bara Bungla .....................4 Green Living Consultancy (GLC) Session on Water audit............................4 Upcoming Events GLC’s Urban Farming, Eco-Film Club, Bhatkan , Summer Camp ........................5
Paryavaran Shala Earth Day Celebrated at “Bramhand Ka a” Bramhand Katta with Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal organized Earth Day Program on Sunday, 22nd April, 2018 in Saanj Sneha Hall in Bramhand complex. The programme began with a talk by Shri Anand Bhagwat of Vasundhara Sanjeevani Mandal on water conservation. His talk was followed by a presentation on the project Devrai – Aforestation by Ms. Sangita Joshi of Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal which is located along the banks of River Kalu at village Rundhe near Titwala in Maharashtra. Lastly, Dr. Sanjay Joshi of Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal spoke about the central theme of the Earth day 2018 which is “End Plastic Pollution”. He further explained various aspects of biodiversity including economics of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity and need for its conservation. Around 60 people attended the programme.
Dr. Sanjay Joshi addressing audience at ‘Bramhand Katta’
Making Home Compost using Magic Bucket-Lecture and Demonstra on - I On 26th April, the residents of Aakashganaga Society located in the Rabodi area of Thane West had organized a programme to learn
about segrega on of the domes c waste and its further treatment and disposal in collabora on with Paryavarn Dakshata Mandal. Dr. Sanjay Joshi was the resource person. He explained how open garbage results in pollu on and health hazards and importance of segrega on at the source of genera on. The wet or kitchen waste should be used for making the compost and dry waste can be further segregated into various components and can be sold in the market. Paryavarn Dakshata Mandal has made a plas c bucket for household compos ng. Dr. Joshi demonstrated how to prepare this bucket for compos ng, what precau ons should be taken etc. Programme was coordinated by Mrs. Pawar, Secretary, Aakashganga society. It was a ended by around 25 members of the society.
Visit to Veer Jijamata Bhosale Udyan and Zoo. Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal had organized a visit to Veer Jijamata Udyan, famously known as Ranicha Baug or Byculla Zoo on Sunday, th 15 April, 2018. Director of the zoo, Mr. Anil Paranjape was the resource person. During his session, he explained the basic concept of Zoo Awareness Programme and how the visitors need to be educated regarding their behavior while watching the wild animals inside their cages. He also spoke about the life of animals in the zoo and about the diversity of plants in the garden. Total 20 participants took part in this visit. Mr. Anil Paranjape (Director of Veer Jijamata Udyan, Byculla) in Discussion with PDM members.
Infotainment Eco-Film Club Paryvaran Dakshata Mandal organized envirmental film screening on 7th April 2018. The films that were screened included Second Hand Life, Morachi Chincholi (Chincholi is asmall town near Pune and is believed to provide a protected habitat to the Indian Peacocks), E-Waste Management and Western Ghat Biodiversity. Nidhi Mhapralkar coordinated the event while Sudeshna Puntabekar moderated the discussion followed by the screening. Total 14 people were present.
Discussion on Dra Na onal Forest Policy 2018 Paryavarn Dakshata Mandal had arranged a panel discussion and a speech on Thursday, 12thApril, 2018 to discuss pros and cons of the draft of National Forest Policy 2018 published by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India. After a brief introduction by Prof. Vidyadhar Walavalkar, the first panelist, Dr. Sanjay Joshi presented a review of various aspects of the Forest Policies and Acts since British era and then he elaborated upon the salient features of the draft national policy. This was followed by a presentation by Surabhi Walavalkar on the biodiversity aspect highlighted in the draft national forest policy. Finally, the third panelist, Mr. Anil Thakare, a retired Forest Officer gave a very interesting and informative talk on this policy and what are the lacunae and drawbacks in this policy. Around 25 prominent environmentalists and common people participated in the live discussion which was moderated and conc luded by P r o f . V i d y a d h a r W a l a w a l k a r . Second session of this discussion was held on Thursday, 19thApril, 2018. Mr. Avinash Kubal, Deputy Director, Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai was the expert speaker. In his speech, He attracted the attention of the audience to one important aspect of the current draft policy which mentions the conversion of forest land to agriculture to meet the demand for food for increasing population. He also spoke about various projects that have been launched to protect the wild animals and top predators of the food chain in the forests of India.
Mr. Anil Thackrey (Ex. Forest Ofcer & Consultant Devrai) expressing views on national forest policy
A talk on national forest policy at PDM ofce by Mr. Avinash Kubal (Ex. Deputy director MNP)
PDM’s Par cipa on in Rotary Exhibi on Rotary Club of Dombivli east had organized a festival at Rotary Garden. Paryavaran DakshataMandal with KDMC and PGR Agro Solutions set a stall in it. Information of PDM's work was given to the visitors. Magic Bucket was kept to give demo for explaining importance of SWM and method of bio-composting.
Awareness stall by PDM Dombivali ofce at the Rotary festival with KDMC & PGR Agro Solution
Devrai Aﬀoresta on Project On 2nd April 2018, around 31 young volunteers of Yuva Sena Nanij participated in awareness and action oriented program in Devrai at Runde Village. The day's program was divided into gaining knowledge about plants of Devrai and the forest by Suhas Pawar and in some hands on activities like watering the plants, weeding of grass, contour bunding, mud linings to prevent soil erosion. The volunteers were rewarded for all their work with a wonderful swim in nature's best made swimming pool the 'River'.
Enthusiastic youth Weeding the grass at Devrai (Runde- Titwala).
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Green Shoppe This month Green Shoppe was busy with many Earth Day programmes in corporate and school. One new corporate Hafele India is added to our family. We conducted stalls, activities (One Million Cloth bag campaign) lectures in various companies. We put up a stall at the Dahisar Universal High School on the parent visiting day on the 21st of April. Green Shoppe also a conducted a session for the 6th std students on Earth day and carbon footprint on the 23rd of April. Green Shoppe also provided 50 butterfly attracting plant saplings to Dahisar Universal School ( procurred from Ankur Theme Park). All who visited the stall appreciated the efforts of the shoppe and the organisation on the whole. Dr. Sanjay Joshi addressing employees of CSC Technology Ghodbundar as a part of the Earth Day celebration by Green Shoppe.
Green Lovers Club GLC’s Session On ‘Bonsai Plants’ Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal had organized a workshop on the Art of Bonsai on 8th April, 2018. Bonsai is a Japanese technique which involves stimulating a stunted growth in the trees mainly for the aesthetic and ornamental purpose. The resource person for this session was Dr. Manasi Joshi a Botanist. Total 27 members of Green Lovers Club attended this workshop.
Dr. Manasi Joshi of PDM explaning the art of Bonsai making to GLC participants
Bhatkan Nature Trail at Bara Bungala area
Paryavaran Dakshata Mandal had organized a Nature Trail on 9th April, 2018 in Bara Bungalow area of Thane city. This is a residential area which houses top government bureaucrats, and other top ranking officers. This area of Thane city has lush green vegetation and large old trees. Purpose of the trail was to introduce Participants to the trees of the area. Dr. Manasi Joshi was the resource person. She explained how to identify the trees, what are the common names of the trees, their importance in the ecosystem etc. Total 19 people participated in this trail.
Dr. Manasi Joshi showing our notional tree.
Green Living Consultancy (GLC) On 21th April 2018, Envirovigil's Green living consultancy conducted a session on Water audit by Dr. Prasad Karnik. He briefly explained the importance of water and its conservation. He explained how qualitative and quantitative analysis of water consumption in daily life can be calculated using simple mathematical tools. Dr. Karnik also gave advice and guidance on how to do water audit at household level. This workshop was attended by 12 participants.
Dr. Prasad Karnik explaining water audit during a GLC session at PDM ofce.
Making Home Compost using Magic Bucket-Lecture and Demonstra on - II On 21st April, the residents of Swami Krupa Society located in the Dhokali area of Thane West had organized a programme to learn about segregation of the domestic waste and its further treatment and disposal in collaboration with Paryavarn Dakshata Mandal. Mrs. Kavita Walavalkar was the resource person. She explained how open garbage results in pollution and health hazards and importance of segregation at the source of generation. The wet or kitchen waste should be used for making the compost and dry waste can be further segregated into various components and can be sold in the market. Paryavarn Dakshata Mandal has made a plastic bucket for household composting. Mrs. Walavalkar demonstrated how to prepare this bucket for composting, what precautions should be taken etc. Programme was coordinated and attended by Mrs. Varsha Dadhe and Mrs. Marathe Chairman of the society. It was attended by around 35 members of the society.
Mrs. Kavita Walavalkar speaking to the audience
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