Green Campus – Where Students Are Champions Of Change

  Climate Reality Project ( India )  along with Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative (APCCI)  is working with campuses in Pune   to convert them into green campuses. This result oriented impact driven program enables schools and colleges to conserve natural resources like water and biodiversity, optimize energy efficiency, manage waste and provide clean air etc . These are the five parameters on which the program is based with a definite methodology.   This is a student driven program, where the youth take responsibility for their campuses under the guidance of their educators and management. With their support, the students are able to come out with solutions which can easily be  implemented. The program starts with a basic orientation and continues with training programs aimed to create awareness on climate change, sustainable development and build capacity inside the campus by training faculties and students.   Once the on-boarding document is signed, a preliminary audit is ca

Youth can become changemakers with ‘Climate Troopers’

  What are Climate Troopers? The basic concept is of responsible volunteering . Lot of people are driven towards community outreach programs, they are there on the field  contributing, but at some point of time we have to map the outcome of their efforts. Climate Troopers is an army of volunteers who have the faith that climate crisis can be handled if people are willing to take some meaningful steps in that direction. The guiding principle is  Learn, Share and Act.   Climate Troopers  have been engaged in these activities on these principles for last two years and they have not only created impact which is visible but also solutions which can work in a longer run. Example of Climate Trooper activities 1.         Waste Negative Events  - Whenever we go to community or public places or go for picnics or treks, we not only bring back material which we have consumed but also what others have littered. 2.          Identifying concept areas where we can work together  – Whether it

Waste Negative Approach Will Bring About A Change On How We Deal With Public Spaces

  There are different consumption patterns when it comes to food, apparels, different things they use in their day to day lifestyle and these are discarded at some point of time as waste. On home front this waste whether dry or wet can be managed, but what about common or community spaces? These are the places where there is a lot of public movement and large people gather and therefore individual behaviour and responsibility becomes all the more important. Some of the community spaces where people gather in large numbers are the different heritage spots like forts, or leisure tourist places like beaches, public parks etc.  Here we most likely see more litter. Although we can advocate and spread awareness, one just cannot keep fighting a lonely battle. There is a new trend coming up called   waste negative event . It is a very simple and common sensical approach.   What is a waste neutral approach? Whenever we go to these community or public places or go for picnics or treks, whatever

Eliminating Chronic Spots Can Significantly Contribute To A Cleaner City

Garbage chronic spots  (also called Garbage Vulnerable Points - GVP) are always a stark reminder of how much more work we all have to do when it comes to keeping our city clean. What is a Chronic Spot? We often come across some places in the city where we see garbage piled up. Even if the municipal vehicles collect garbage from these spots, these heaps of garbage again begin to reappear. Generally, a corner of any road, any empty public space or unguarded empty private space, side margins of roads become an ideal place for chronic spots.  These are spots where it becomes a habit for people to dispose off the waste, dry and wet. The heaps keep on piling up damaging the aesthetics of the area and also posing a lot of health risks for the local population there. How to identify a Chronic Spot ? If the waste generated by the locals is thrown in the open at a particular spot where it accumulates and keeps on piling up even after frequent cleaning, then it is called a Chronic Spot. 

Urban Waste Management And Cleanliness Key To Sustainable Environment.

India is the growth engine of the world, the fastest growing economy in today’s times. To make the growth journey sustainable and amplify potential and opportunities, the need of the hour is to address the challenges that come with rapid growth. More than half of the population in progressive states now stay in urban areas. The rapid urbanization leads to generation of more waste including household waste, human waste, material waste like plastic and electronic waste. The increasing growth always outpaces our capacities to manage these wastes, so the city has to be ahead of the curve at all times and it is no easy task. The sustainable goals by the United Nations have given a definitive direction and highlight the prime importance of cleanliness and waste management for a sustainable environment and overall growth. In fact, Urban Waste Management will be one of the important pillars of a sustainable environment .   A livable city is one which has vibrant culture, growing economy,

Let us resolve for 3R’s on World Earth Day

We call our ‘Planet’ or ‘Earth’ as ‘ Mother Earth’ and for a reason. It is our home, it is because of which we are alive. Yet we have been so indifferent. We forgot to live in harmony with nature and kept on damaging it. Climate change, man-made changes to nature, deforestation accelerated the speed of destruction of the planet. The consequences of climate change has reached each and everybody on our planet.   The World Earth Day 2023 will be celebrated on 22 April. The theme every year underlines particular environmental concern. This year the theme is “ Invest in Our Planet ”. Garbage is one of the contributing factors to climate change. It also affects human health and overall aesthetics of the city. It is a major cause of land or soil pollution.  The pace of consumption of goods by human and the waste and garbage generated is so huge that many places on our earth are simply unable to manage the garbage properly resulting in compounding problems. Although there is a visibl