Green Event

Plastic waste collection and awareness rally at Panvel.

Hello friends, I am back again with another Green event that happened at CUF Nagar, Panvel, Navi Mumbai. This time it was a bit different from the previous one. I and the green warrior had participated in the rally which was organized by Citizens Unity Forum (CUF), Panvel and S. R. Joshi Memorial Trust operated Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan, a plastic recycling project, Usarli, Panvel. The other organization who joined the rally were Nisarg Mitr, Rotary Club of Panvel Central, Rotract club of panvel central, Samvedana charitable trust, Jana Jagaruti Grahak Manch, Stri Mukti Sanghatna and Dr.Brimole Foundation.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

The rally was on a  large-scale from the previous one that was arranged here in Kharghar by Green Warriors. There were people from all age group, we all carried placards that had various slogans, we collected plastic waste from the streets, distributed pamphlets that informed about waste segregation and plastic recycling, also there was a special arrangement for megaphone that announced the motive of the rally and how it’s important for the people to wake up and help save the environment rather than being depended on the government.

It was great meeting people from all walks of life, who were not just enthusiastic but were doing great work in their own ways to save the environment. I will be making some Green Warriors post soon on these talks that we had.

We collected around 20 Kg of plastic waste and gave it for recycling at Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan (Recycling project), they convert the plastic waste into granules which they will be giving for road filling. The First time I had come to know about this I was happier than ever. And when I met Sunita Joshi the founder of the trust I was overwhelmed with Joy that such good people exist. I feel this way each time I meet a Green warrior. Lots of love and my respect to amazing people who are going out-of-the-way to give us Green options and making our Green living a possibility. Also, I am grateful to all those who joined the event and are ready to participate in Green all Green activity. We need to think beyond ourselves and our home in order to make Green living a common thing.

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Plastic Granules at Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan.

 

We also gave a Visit to the Subodh Nirmal Abhiyan and had an endless discussion on plastic waste and things we can do to manage it. More to come on that front.

Hope you liked the article and it has inspired you to join us for the upcoming events. Please subscribe for more. Thank you all.

-Pooja Navale

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A Workshop on Green choices you can make during your menses.

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.

 

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During the session. Speaker-Seema P. Khandale

 

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.

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Menstrual Cups and cloth pads by Eco-Femme.

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.

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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.

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The cloth bags distributed by Seema Khandale. I Already started using it.

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.

Hope to organize more such events. Give us your Ideas and your interest in such Green events. Pledge to #goingreen with us.

-Pooja Navale.

Plastic collection drive.

Do you know the story of Frankenstein? Victor Frankenstein is a young ambitious person who wants to create a human. His ambition leads him to the creation of a monster instead. He realizes his mistake and he abandons this monster. The only person the monster has a relation with is Victor and the monster keeps coming back to him.

There is a lot of similarity between the Frankenstein’s monster and plastic that we have created. Plastic is a monster created by us and now it is haunting us. We have realized the mistake but we don’t know what to do other than to ignore it, cursing it but continue using it.

Basically, there are three main things that we can do to deal with the plastic crisis –

  • Re-use – Recycling is one option that can reduce the generation of new plastic (recycled plastic is often used to make second-grade plastic items) and also it will control the plastic from ending up in natural terrains like forests and oceans.
  • Segregate – In India, we don’t have a proper waste management system yet and it is important to segregate waste. The plastic can be collected separately and you can give it to the nearby recycling facility.
  • Host Collection Drives – Organizing a plastic collection drive in your area can help in keeping your neighborhood clean. It also allows people to participate, take responsibility and the whole event helps spread the message further.

This Sunday we decided to adopt the third method by organizing a PCD (Plastic Collection Drive) in our area.

The aim of the drive was to collect the plastic from natural terrain and send it for recycling instead of letting it add to the towering dumping yards of the city. We conducted this event in the driving range area between the Kharghar hills and golf course, in Navi Mumbai. The hills here are accessible because of the tar road and people come for walks and picnics.

Recycling is not the whole solution but it is a big step towards curbing plastic waste.

The drive was conducted on 19th March 2017. We, an enthusiastic bunch of green warriors, started off at 7.30 am and the drive went on till 9.30am. Along with the regular single-use plastic there were plenty glass bottles (mainly beer bottles) scattered around, which we decided to pick up as well. Some other things we found lying around in the open terrain were items made from paper, cardboard, rubber, thermocol and tin. It was disheartening to see the amount of trash left behind and the beautiful place neglected by the very people spend time there enjoying and using the place. But the success of our drive did give us some hope.

There were 10 of us, we managed to collect 3 bags full of waste (not just plastic) during the 2 hours we spent there. The collected plastic was sent to a recycling plant.

We will be conducting more such programs, in new areas, reaching new people, building communities of green warriors and generating awareness amongst the people.  So stay tuned.

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Green Warriors.

Be a Green Warrior by joining us in our work. And, thank you all who made this event a success. 🙂

-Pooja Navale