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'My Wari, Swach Wari’ gets good response

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A team of over 1350 volunteers, NGOs and Gram panchayats teamed up to collect 86.5. tons of dry waste over a period of four days from 1st July to 4th July. . The cleanliness drive was a part of ‘My Wari, Swach Wari’ movement initiated by ‘Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative’(APCCI) to help clean Palkhi route covering a total 125 km of roads from Pune city till Saswad and Yawat  . The cleanliness drive is conducted every year where the roads are cleaned within few hours of Palkhi procession by Adar Poonawalla Clean City, Gram panchayats of Loni Kalbhor, Kunjirwadi, Sortapwadi, Uruli Kanchan, Kadamwak Vasti, Wadki, Saswad, Dive Kalewadi, Zhendewadi, Yawat and volunteers from these villages along with Pune Municipal Corporation , Pune Cantonment Board and Khadki Cantonment Board who have been a valuable part of the campaign. This year APCCI installed green nets at various places  to enable volunteers to collect and segregate waste without any hassles. Also more than 140

Volunteering Opportunities During the Rainy Season

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If you are considering volunteering, now is an excellent time to get involved. The rainy season has arrived, bringing with it a plethora of green activities. These activities range from seed ball making to plantation drives and more. The rains provide the perfect conditions for planting and nurturing new life, making it an ideal time for environmental initiatives. This season also coincides with the re-opening of schools. As children return to their classrooms, there are numerous advocacy sessions focused on cleanliness, garbage management and biodiversity. These sessions are crucial for educating the younger generation about the importance of maintaining a clean and green environment. Various NGOs, community services and even common citizens organize these sessions, making it a collaborative effort. There is a wide array of volunteering activities planned by different organizations. From planting trees to conducting cleanliness drives, there is something for everyone.

परिसंस्था जतन प्रकल्पांची योजना व अमंलबजावणी करण्यासाठी ठिकाणांची परिसंस्था समजून घेणे आवश्यक :- डॉ.एराक भरूचा

परि संस्था  जतन    (इकोरिस्टोरे शन) करण्यासाठी एका विशिष्ट जागी आधीपासून असलेली परिसंस्था समजून घेणे व नैसर्गिकता जपून जैवविविधतेची पुनर्निर्मिती करणे ही परिसंस्था   पुनर्स्था पनेची गुरूकिल्ली आहे,असे मत प्रख्यात पर्यावरण व जैवविविधता तज्ञ डॉ.एराक भरूचा यांनी व्यक्त केले. अदर पुनावाला क्लिनिक सिटी इनिशिएटिव्ह (एपीसीसीआय) तर्फे शाश्वततेचे विविध पैलू जाणून घेण्यासाठी सुरू केलेला क्लीन सिटी टॉक्स च्या दुसऱ्या सत्रात ते बोलत होते.डॉ.भरूचा यांनी रोट्रॅक्ट क्लब ऑफ औंध स्मार्ट सिटीच्या युवा सदस्यांशी संवाद साधला.याप्रसंगी एपीसीसीआयचे मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी कृष्णन कोमांडूर,मुख्य कामकाज अधिकारी मल्हार करवंदे आणि लीड वॉलेंटिअर सत्या नटराजन उपस्थित होते. याप्रसंगी औंध येथील नदीकाठावर करत असलेल्या स्वच्छतेसाठी रोट्रॅक्ट क्लब ऑफ औंध स्मार्ट सिटीच्या सदस्यांचा सत्कार करण्यात आला. डॉ.भरूचा पुढे म्हणाले की,     परि संस्था  जतन     (इकोरिस्टोरे शन) हे एक शास्त्र बनले आहे,ज्याला रिवाईल्डींग असे म्हणतात. मानवी हस्तक्षेपामुळे विविध परिसंस्थांमध्ये बदल झाले आहेत. एखाद्या विशिष्ट ठिकाणचा भूभाग,त

Need to understand the ecosystem to plan and implement eco-restoration projects- Dr. Erach Bharucha

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Understanding what the ecosystem was in the first place and recreating biological diversity in all its naturalness is the key to proper eco-restoration opined Dr. Erach Bharucha, veteran in environmental education and biodiversity. He was speaking at the second session of ‘Clean City Talks’, an initiative by ‘Adar Poonawalla Clean City’ (APCCI) to explore various aspects of sustainability.   Dr. Bharucha interacted with a young audience from Rotaract Club of Aundh Smart City and team members of APCCI . Mr. Krishnan Komadur, CEO, APCCI, Mr. Malhar Karwande,COO,APCCI and Mr. Sathya Natarajan, Lead Volunteer, APCCI were present on the occasion.   Members of Rotaract Club of Aundh Smart City were felicitated for their relentless work of riverside cleaning at Aundh.   Dr. Bharucha added that Eco restoration has become a science which is called rewilding. The ecosystems have been altered by human activities.  We need to have a vision, understanding of the landscape history of th

This Environment Day, let us pledge for best waste management practices

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World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th every year to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage global action to protect the planet. It serves as a reminder for us to reflect on our relationship with the environment and take steps towards sustainable living. One crucial aspect of environmental conservation is waste management. Proper waste management plays a significant role in preserving the environment, and its importance cannot be overstated.   In an era of rapid industrialization and urbanization, waste management has become a pressing concern. The improper disposal of waste can lead to pollution of land, water bodies, and air, resulting in severe consequences for the environment.   Cleanliness is closely linked to waste management and plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy environment. When waste is not managed efficiently, it accumulates in public spaces, pollutes the surroundings, and poses a threat to both humans and wildlife. Littere

‘परिवर्तनाची सुरवात स्वयंसुधारणेपासून होणे गरजेचे’

समाजातील कोणत्याही परिवर्तनाची सुरुवात ही व्यक्तिगत स्वतःपासूनच झाली पाहिजे. मानसिक स्वच्छता आणि इतरांप्रती आदर यातून पुढे बाह्य स्वच्छताही साध्य होईल, असे प्रतिपादन ‘विश्वकल्याण गुरु सेवा फाऊंडेशन’चे संचालक व प्रख्यात प्रेरक वक्ते विनायक छत्रे यांनी येथे केले. शाश्वततेचे विविध पैलू आणि आपले शहर स्वच्छ आणि शाश्वत ठेवण्यासाठी या पैलूंचे सामान्य माणसासाठी असलेले महत्व, याचा शोध घेण्यासाठी ‘अदर पूनावाला क्लीन सिटी इनिशिएटिव्ह’तर्फे (एपीसीसीआय) नुकतेच  'क्लीन सिटी टॉक्स' ही चर्चासत्रांची विशेष मालिका सुरू करण्यात आली आहे. या उपक्रमाची सुरुवात श्री. छत्रे यांच्या ‘शाश्वतता आणि नेतृत्व’ या विषयावरील भाषणाने झाली. याप्रसंगी ‘एपीसीसीआय’चे मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी  कृष्णन कोमंडूर, मुख्य कामकाज अधिकारी  मल्हार करवंदे, आणि लीड व्हॉलेंटियर सत्या नटराजन उपस्थित होते. विनायक छत्रे हे एक प्रख्यात प्रेरक वक्ते असून पुण्यात सिद्ध समाधी कार्यक्रम सुरु करण्यात त्यांचा महत्वाचा वाटा  आहे, तसेच शिक्षकांसाठी असलेल्या प्रशिक्षण उपक्रमातही ते सहभागी आहेत. ते ‘फोर्बाको सिस्टम्स अँड कॉम्प्य

River Side Cleaning – A Priority In Urban Waste Management

Rivers are the lifeblood of our planet, nurturing a diverse array of species and providing essential resources for both nature and humanity. However, these invaluable waterways face numerous threats, including pollution, waste accumulation, and neglect. That's why it is crucial to prioritize the regular cleaning and maintenance of river banks. River banks serve as vital habitats for a wide range of plants and animals, from fish and birds to insects. Neglecting the cleaning of these areas can result in the buildup of trash, debris, and pollutants, which can harm or even devastate these delicate ecosystems. By consistently cleaning river banks, we can contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and safeguard the delicate balance of these natural habitats. Trash and debris that accumulate along river banks often find their way into the water, leading to pollution and the contamination of aquatic ecosystems. Plastics, chemicals, and other pollutants not only degrade w

Transformation should start with self improvement

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Any transformation in society should start with individual self. Mental cleanliness and  respect for others will lead to outer cleanliness too, opined well known motivational speaker Mr.Vinayak Chhatre,Director  Vishwakalyan Guru Seva Foundation.  Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative (APCCI)  on Saturday launched a special series 'Clean City Talks' which will explore various aspects of sustainability and what it means for a common man to keep our city clean and sustainable . Kick starting the initiative was Mr.Vinayak Chhatre who spoke about Sustainability and Leadership. Mr.Krishnan Komandur, CEO APCCI,Mr.Malhar Karwande, COO APCCI and  Mr.Sathya Natarajan, Lead Volunteer APCCI were present on the occasion .    Mr. Vinayak Chhatre has been a leading motivational speaker, initiator of Siddha Samadhi programs and has been involved in training activities for teachers. He is the  Managing Director, Forbaco Systems and Computer Services P. Ltd.     Mr.Chhatre said t

Why should waste not be burned?

Often, we observe people grappling with the dilemma of how to dispose of waste generated during household activities or ongoing projects. Similarly, there seems to be a general lack of awareness regarding the appropriate handling of garden waste, such as fallen leaves accumulating in or around garden premises. Consequently, many resort to burning such waste. The act of burning waste has emerged as a significant issue, particularly in urban areas. Faced with the staggering daily influx of waste and a dearth of knowledge regarding proper disposal methods, individuals often opt for the quickest solution: incineration. However, amidst a global climate crisis, one of the simplest yet most impactful steps individuals can take to aid the environment is the proper management of waste. Segregating waste into its various categories—wet, dry, or otherwise—facilitates its processing and recycling, thereby transforming it into reusable materials. However, this necessitates the implem

कचरा का जाळू नये ?

अनेक वेळा आपण असे बघतो की घरी काही ना काही तरी काम चालू असते त्यातून काही प्रकारचा कचरा निर्माण होत असतो किंवा इमारतीच्या परिसरात असलेल्या झाडांचा पालापाचोळा त्याची विल्हेवाट कशी लावायची हे नागरिकांना माहीत नसते आणि एकंदरच जागरूकतेचा अभाव असल्यामुळे जमा झालेला कचरा हा  नागरिकांकडून जाळला जातो. कचऱ्याची योग्य, शास्त्रशुद्ध विल्हेवाट कशी लावायची हा खूप महत्वाचा विषय आहे.जेव्हा कचरा हा चांगल्या प्रकारे आदर्श पद्धतीने विलगीकरण केला जातो ओला, सुका  किंवा त्याच्या विविध स्वरूपाबाबत त्यावेळी त्यावर काही ना काही प्रक्रिया करता येते आणि त्याचे काही ना काही तरी दुसऱ्या पदार्थामध्ये रूपांतर करून त्याचा पुनर्वापर करता येऊ शकतो. हे सगळे करण्यासाठी यंत्रणेची गरज असते. ज्या ठिकाणी यंत्रणा उपलब्ध नसते अशा ठिकाणी किंवा जिथे लोकांमध्ये जागरूकता नाही ,अशा ठिकाणी कचऱ्याची विल्हेवाट लावण्याची लोकांनीच शोधून काढलेली सगळ्यात सोपी आणि हानिकारक पद्धत म्हणजे कचरा जाळून टाकणे.  कचरा जाळला म्हणजे आपल्या नजरेआड जातो आणि त्याच्या नंतर त्या कचऱ्याचे काही करावे लागत नाही, अशा विचारातून नागरिक या कचऱ्याच

Ensuring Good Health for All through Effective Waste Management

In an era dominated by the Specter of Climate Change, the imperative of proper waste management assumes paramount importance. This imperative stems from its direct ramifications on Climate Change and consequently, the collective destiny of our planet. Among its manifold impacts, proper waste management significantly influences human health and well-being. Given the escalating levels of waste generation globally and its deleterious effects on both the environment and public health, it becomes imperative to acknowledge the pivotal role of efficient waste management in safeguarding our collective welfare. World Health Day, observed annually on April 7th, serves as a global platform for raising awareness about critical health issues and advocating for improved healthcare practices. Notably, proper waste management emerges as a fundamental practice conducive to better health outcomes. Contemporary society confronts an array of daunting health challenges, ranging from infect

Let's collectively accelerate our journey towards achieving 'Zero Waste'.

Each year, over 2.1 billion tons of municipal solid waste are generated by households, service providers, and small businesses. It's undeniable that this figure is expected to surge in the future as urbanization and consumption continue to escalate. The spectrum of solid waste includes paper, plastics, food scraps, textiles, packaging materials, yard waste, household e-waste and cleaning products. Shockingly, the United Nations reports that 2.7 billion people lack access to proper waste collection, with the majority residing in rural areas. Without urgent action, this municipal waste is projected to balloon to 3.8 billion tons annually by 2050 ( https://www.unep.org/events/ un-day/international-day-zero- waste-2024 ) . Improper waste management poses serious threats to human health and the environment. The sheer scale of untreated waste presents one of the most significant challenges not only for the future but also for the present day. The ' International Day

कचऱ्याबाबत जागरूकता का वाढली पाहिजे ?

  एकीकडे हवामान बदलाचे भयानक स्वरूप आपण अनुभवत असताना त्याला कारणीभूत असणाऱ्या प्रमुख घटकांपैकी एक असलेल्या कचऱ्याबाबत आपण अजूनही उदासीन आहोत.  आपण कधी विचार केला आहे की कचरा एकदा आपल्या घरातून निघून गेला की त्याचे काय होते? तो गूढपणे अदृश्य होत नाही. आपल्या घरातला कचरा आपल्या नजरेसमोरून गेला की आपली जबाबदारी संपली असा आपला समज झाला आहे.  त्या कचऱ्याचे पुढे काय होते, कचऱ्याची विल्हेवाट कशी लावली जाते, त्यावर कोणत्या प्रक्रिया केल्या जातात याबद्दल फारसे काही माहित नसते.काही सामाजिक संस्था, स्वयंसेवक,विद्यार्थी कचऱ्याच्या समस्या हाताळण्यासाठी व कचऱ्याबाबतची जागरूकता वाढविण्याचे प्रयत्न करत आहेत. तरी देखील वैयक्तिक स्तरावर प्रत्येकाने हे जाणून घेणे गरजेचे आहे की आपल्या घरातून बाहेर पडलेल्या कचऱ्याचे पुढे काय होते.   पूर्वी आपण बाजारातून वस्तू आणण्यासाठी कापडी पिशवीचा वापर करायचो,त्यामुळे कचऱ्याची समस्या ही मर्यादित असायची. सध्याच्या बदललेल्या जीवनशैलीनुसार आपण थेट बाजारात न जाता ऑनलाइन खरेदी करतो. त्यामध्ये वस्तूपेक्षा जास्त हे त्याचे प्लास्टिकचे वेष्टन असते, त्यामुळे कचरा

Recycling- the biggest resource to fight Climate Change ‘Global Recycling Day’ – 18 March 24

The’ Global Recycling Day ’ is celebrated every year on 18 March. This year the theme is ‘ Recycling Heroes ’ which means celebrating people and their initiatives which are promoting recycling.    Our mother earth is shedding out natural resources faster than ever before and the day may not be far away when we might run out of these resources. Water, minerals, oil, coal, gas, metals and others are primary resources under threat, Rapid economic progress and urbanization leading to increased consumption is adding to this challenge which has grown to humongous proportions. Whatever is consumed if thrown away is adding to the mountains of waste.  The current state of dumping and accumulating waste is not helping anybody. It is affecting natural habitats, animals and human activities and livelihood. The temperatures are increasing, icecaps are melting faster than we ever thought, forest fires are becoming a new reality and weathers are getting more extreme. Our Planet is in a

Saluting The Spirit Of Volunteering

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In line with its ongoing commitment to foster citizen involvement in maintaining the cleanliness of the city, Adar Poonawalla Clean City (APCCI) recently hosted a special event to honor the residents of Kalyani Nagar for their unwavering spirit of volunteerism. Kalyani Nagar, a picturesque suburb in Pune, boasts proactive and engaged citizens who prioritize dialogue and mutual respect within their community.   Fuelled by numerous citizen-led initiatives, the locality stands out as one of the most dynamic in the city. A shining example is 'Team Swachh Kalyani Nagar,' whose 'Resource Cycling Center' (RRC) project, in collaboration with the Pune Municipal Corporation, has brought about tangible positive change. This organized waste segregation facility owes its success to a dedicated group of local residents whose commitment, sense of ownership, and perseverance have transformed cleanliness into a grassroot movement. APCCI honoured these change-makers in recognit