I love the way social media can be used to spread awareness about various issues that we face on daily basis but to meet people and to talk with them face to face about environmental issues and raising awareness is altogether a different and positive experience.
When you sit in front of the screen you put up your thoughts and have to imagine that it might or might not reach people on different levels whereas haveing a social gathering like a workshop or seminar where you can interact with the audience personally the impact it causes such are much better and bigger.
I would have loved to restrict myself to blogging but not all type of people are accessible through blogging platform and hence once in a while, you need to go out there. Ultimately the aim is to create awareness and give people sustainable options. How you do that should not be a restriction hence, I decided to do a workshop on sustainable menstruation.
We conducted the workshop on our building’s common terrace (sector-12, Kharghar)on 7th April in the evening, there was enough light as well as good amount of breeze. Such open places are best when it comes to saving energy as well as money. That was an additional green point that needed to be considered.
It was a fun and interactive session conducted by my friend and colleague Seema Pardeshi Khandale. The discussion started with how environmental pollution is increasing day by day and how important it is to carry cloth bags. Seema Khandale being the founder of the Ashay social group (NGO) also distributed cloth bags amongst women. Seema Khandale runs an NGO that takes old sarees and stitch cloth bags. The aim is to provide employment to rural women as well as to raise environmental awareness against plastic carry bags.
Ladies were not only informed about the available green option but they were also asked to be more open about the menses. The menstrual cups and cloth pads were shown to them so that all types of myths that people carry with them were busted.
In the end, there was a satisfaction of reaching to people, even when not everyone was eager to make the switch. Out 20 people who had attended the seminar we hope at least 2 or 3 would make the switch. I want to thank all the people who attended the workshop and others who helped and supported me organize it.
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