Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Students can play a special role say Young Environmentalists.World WATER DAY

                                                    World WATER DAY AROUND
Ecosystems lie at the heart of the global water cycle.World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
  Hear what the Young Environmentalists Programme trust say- Students can play a special role.
Water Saving Tips by Young Environmentalists Programme trust for students to incorporate in their EVS projects and at home---In Schools make‘WATER MONITORS’ water captains to check wastage of water..just like you install house and school captains…
“”Students love to be captains and leaders so why not make them WATER MONITORS OR WATER CAPTAINS in schools and coleges..to help practice what they learn about water conservation….If EVS or environmental science is still not reinstated in schools and has been fused into the science and civics books,it is wise to make a lasting memory in the young minds through interactive education.Each water monitor will check taps in the school buildings during his 15 minutes snack break and keep a log of leaking taps,he/she can also supervise students throwing water or leaving taps half closed etc besides checking on leaking taps,he can have a group to be part of his Water monitoring system in school….  
Help save not only the environment but also your pocket by conserving water,there are parts of the world where people still have water fights and water lines extending till thy kingdom come……so here are some tips ….
One third of water used at home is mostly for flushing and toilets…..and then bathing etc…so use water wisely….
Purchase a water efficient toilet :Dual flush toilets typically use 4-6 litres of water opposed to the old style flush systems which use a massive 13 litres per flush.
Detect leaks and repair them instantly. Try not to throw thrash, cotton ball or make up tissues, simply throwing them in a bin will cut down on the amount of water wasted with every flush.
Personal Washing
By being water efficient in the shower doesn’t only save you money on your water bill, it will have a positive effect on your energy bill too because of the heating of water associated with showering.These days low flow showers are available. And ofcourse you can cut down your time on your shower time.
Change behavior pattern while opening a tap, whether you fully twist the tap to how long you leave it on for can all have an impact.
Adding a tap aerator can help to reduce the flow, similar to the shower.
Clothes washing-Clothes washing now accounts for 15% of water we use in our homes,When buying a washing machine, have a look at the fine print details. the best models will typically use less than 7.5 litres per kg. Remember to read the manual to find out which cycles are the most water efficient
Drinking water
    • This is one area you should NOT cut back your useage,
    • Plants love to have a drink of any leftover water in glasses
    • Try to fill the glass or cooking ware with only what is needed, this will save water and energy.
    • Using the lid on saucepans reduces the amount of water lost, so you don’t have to put as much in.

    Climate Reality Guru Nobel laureate and former US vice-president Al Gore is crusader of climate change.So where does India stand on its way to Paris?

    Climate Reality Guru Nobel laureate and former US vice-president Al Gore is crusader of climate change.

    Let join hands to fight climate change.So where does India stand on its way to Paris?
    By Climate Reality Mentor Elsie Gabriel, Mumbai, India.

    I don’t know about you, but I want to share that I grew up as a child studying almost every evening under the dim light of a kerosene lantern or candles, atleast for a few hours daily. I grew up in West Bengal India and with parents who were teachers in the Irish Christian Brothers school it was a routine thing to do, study, read books or play outdoors and study some more.We had the best of amenities and the best of childhood memories playing outdoors in the wilderness, but ‘Power cuts’ and ‘Lights out’ are words which still ring in my ears, reminding me of how we would struggle to bring light into the house during study hours. This, believe me was the experience of most folks of my age during childhood, and guess what, some parts of India still go through such chronic lack of energy, un announced power cuts which paralyze industries, homes and households. Till today!!!

    And some ofcourse still do not have any power at all. Electricity consumption in our country has been increasing at such high speed due to population growth and economic development. India’s economy faces increasing challenges because energy supply is struggling to keep pace with demand and there are energy shortages (as much as 15 percent daily in some places) almost everywhere in the country as unreliable supplies still threaten India’s economic growth. This may sound strange to you because you live in a city or uptown,because we belong to only the tip of the ice berg of the Indian population, for that matter anyone reading this blog any where in the world right now.

    Yet, the fact remains that our growth is constrained by energy supply and availability. Although we have seen an impressive increase in installed capacity addition, we still can not match the demand.

    So, what can India do to meet the future energy demands and help eliminate wide-ranging power outages in the future? The government needs to research how best to address the power needs to meet the future growth and prevent such massive power failures. India’s ‘power blackout’’ is an opportunity to develop sustainable energy solutions. Let the ‘darkness of the power cuts’ show us the way!

    We are a sun shining country, the source is for free, we as a country have always been eco friendly, using sunlight to dry our clothes and tumble dry our utensils out on the racks outdoors. More so, use earthen pots made of clay to set our curd and drink water or hot ‘chai’ tea from. We stored water in earthen vessels.We have mostly used'pital' 'tamba' or steel plates which could be recycled like forever...we used bio degradable ‘patals’or plates made from leaves. It was auspicious to eat from them during marriages or religious functions. May be the newer generation may not but believe me, we Indians had parents and grandparents who used a set of cloth bags all their lives. One for the fish market, another for the vegetables and rations so on, they were washed after each use and reused!!

    All these memories came flashing back during a meet led by former US Vice President Al Gore which aimed to focus on the renewable energy potential for India and the key role that the country plays in the lead up to the discussions in France later this year. High-profile leaders in renewable energy joined Nobel laureate and former US vice-president Al Gore here to train Climate Reality Leaders here in India last month, on the science of climate change and solutions for the climate crisis while developing skills to effectively communicate about both the challenges and opportunities.

    The speakers included Ken Berlin, president & CEO, Climate Reality Project; Ajay Mathur, director general, Bureau of Energy Efficiency,Dr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan and Angela Rutter, director of strategic engagement, Australian Conservation Foundation, among many others.

    "There are many reasons to be optimistic about our ability to solve the climate crisis," said Gore, chairman and founder of the Climate Reality Project, who outlined the details, graphs and statistics as well as the wrath of climate change, asking the world to wake up.

    "The Climate Reality Leadership training brought together committed activists and citizens from all over India and from several others nations, it gives me yet another reason to be hopeful." he added. Al Gore is the guru of Climate Change education and awareness, his effects on people are deep and his message will spread far and wide. India was indeed blessed to have him visit, train and resurrect the mission to fight climate change tooth and nail.

    Today, I feel empowered with the best tools possible to communicate this message of hope. If we educators can teach the next generation about the climate reality we will be equipping the future. Please do get in touch with us for Climate Change educational presentations. Together we can fight climate change.

    With awareness of climate change having grown exponentially, Evangelist of Climate Change Education Al Gore also announced that songwriter and singer Pharrel Williams will together present the Live Earth concerts to take place June 18 at various venues across the world. Live Earth Road to Paris 2015 seeks to build momentum heading into the UN Climate Summit in Paris in December.

    Reduce, Reuse, Rethink, Replenish, Recycle and Renew!! I repeat this daily to all my colleagues, friends and students, it is the like the holy grail of the basics that can help bring back planet Earth to the greener planet she was and to fight climate change.

    So, where does India stand and where can we go from here? Renewable energy is the most attractive investment because it will provide long-term economic growth for India. A favorable renewable energy policy could create millions of new jobs and an economic stimulus.

    India has no better option than to reach out and soak in the sun. Solar energy is the most cost-effective option for India to reduce 'energy poverty' without having to extend national grid services to provide power for individual homes and buildings.

    Aggressively expand large-scale distribution of renewable energy including solar and wind, hydro and biomass to ease the strain on the present transmission.

    Yes, Solar is getting cheaper world wide but in India, the government must develop favorable policies to ease the project permitting process, and to provide startup funds to promote the exponential growth of renewable energy. We already have solar, we are progressing but lets promote solar more among the public users, so that it does not have to compete with conventional energy generation.

    Once research institutions are tapped, industry, government and civil society will follow the path to solar, to guide technology development. A corresponding investment will be required in transmission and distribution.

    The country is hopefully shutting down coal slowly and now knows that pursuing a fossil fuel-led growth strategy which is already bogged down by environmental concerns is not the way out! So, while bridging the gap lets get clean energy, sustainable and renewable sources.
    With countries coming to Paris this December to reach a new climate change agreement, lets hope bigger polluters commit to goals as against to saving their country from economic growth.
    Hopefully a balance will be drawn somewhere in peace.
    Here is hoping that India will also continue to move forward because they realize the benefits of action which is not only the health of the planet but the health of their citizens.
    We as a country know that India already has the lowest per-capita emissions among major nations but this is what can make us leaders, world leaders in solar if the government would provide a predictable policy regime with standard guidelines for approving renewable energy developments.
    Each country, agreed, will have different responsibilities in fighting the climate change threats, it is no use comparing India to other countries but to collaborate and co-operate.

    India can be the true contender of climate leadership!

    “Elsie Gabriel, attended the event as a Climate Reality Mentor from Mumbai mentoring two groups of trainees, She is founder of the Young Environmentalists Programme Trust an NGO dedicated over the last decade in educating the youth and community on Climate change,environment education and green living habits as a certified green teacher.She is also the award winning author of the book called Get Out Get Going Outdoors which has chapters on climate change. The Climate Reality Project is an organization involved in education and advocacy related to climate founded by Al Gore. “

    Women Achievers awarded by Young Environmentalists NGO.

    Women Achievers awarded by Young Environmentalists NGO.
     Women can be change makers and show the way not only in the field of environment but also in various other social areas, only by networking and uplifting one another can we uplift society.
    Actress Raveena Tandon, Artist for a cause Rouble Nagi, Achla Sachdev, International eco adventure presenter Kamal Sidhu, Alecsia Raut, Jessy Randhawa,singer Shibani Kashyap, Ms.Earth UK Bhavya Gowda, International fashion designer Falguni Peacock, Musician Merlyn Dsouza, Celebrity chef Amrita Raichand and Niranjan Hiranandani inaugurated Women achievers awards by Young Environmentalists NGO March 7th 2015.
    Madhurima Nigan, wife of Sonu Nigam was awarded for her social work, specially for uplifting a 75 years old grandmother Purnima Goswami from a remote village in West Bengal, whose daughter was brutally killed by a man some years ago here in Vashi Mumbai, just because she shunned his advances. Purnima now takes care of her grand daughter Ahana who has cerebral palsy and says in her message, “Women must continue to be strong and network to support each other.I believe we can pass on this legacy by sharing our stories and inspiring other women.”
    So true, ofcourse womens day happens every day.Every woman all over the world multi tasks and works towards a better future but it is the celebration of bravery and achievement of others that can also support and motivate us.
    Many more women like her were awarded for their strength and vision.
    Raveena Tandon was awarded for dedicating her time to fights for animal rights and the Lokhandwala mangroves but a celebrity who still finds the time for home, work and family,similarly Nayreen Daruwalla was awarded for her work in Dharaveer, Archana Gullapalli who is a female spring board Diver training men how to survive underwater, Sr. Christabelle Fonseca of Mother Teresa’s Roses Bandra center, Hospitality Expert Pearl Dias training ecotel staff and young underprivileged hospitality students by including them into main stream work, Hanneli Slabber who brings South Africa to India for you, Social worker Geeta Madhavan, Simmi Bhasin who founded Women Who Win encouraging housewives and dormant women to rise with structure into becoming businesswomen, Dr.Monica Bhatia who is renowned for her excellence in health care among others.
    At a banquet hall packed to capacity,said Raveena Tandon, “I congratulate the Young Environmentalists trust for encouraging women to be change makers. We women can help sustain life on earth. I personally fight for childs rights and the Lokahndwala mangroves.It is important to take care of our environment.’
    . “We are proud of the gathering today here in Powai organized by Young Environmentalists Trust.Women networking and uplifting each other.We in Powai have always encouraged greenery and water recycling as well as vermicomposting, today we have a world class residential complex here in Powai.We congratulate all the awardees here today.”Said Niranjan Hiranandani at the function.
    Every year for the last ten years Young Environmentalists honours women, accumulates them from all over the world to share stories of women who have worked by the sweat of their brow, overcome poverty and challenges to arise out of the dust of the earth to emerge as achievers, together with many socially known celebrities who have dedicated their status and name to social responsibility which has made proactive community changes, and are the ‘change’ that people want to see in this world.
    Join our Women Achievers Awards held every year contact elsiegabriel@yahoo.com




      EARTH HOUR MUMBAI FESTIVAL by Young Environmentalists Programme Trust NGO

      EARTH HOUR MUMBAI FESTIVAL by Young Environmentalists NGO

      Earth Hour , not only calls out to people to switch off lights for one hour every year, but also encourages citizens across the country to explore and adopt a cleaner and more sustainable lifestyle by embracing renewable energy solutions, the Earth Hour 2015 campaign calls for Individuals to adopt household products powered by renewable energy;Corporates to adopt renewable energy solutions to run their business operations and production processes and Governments to promote policies favourable to the production and uptake of renewable energy.

      In Mumbai the Young Environmentalists Programme trust leads in conserving energy and spreading awareness about EARTH HOUR.This project is one of their biggest campaigns.Other environmental campaigns are eco Ganeshas, Powai lake, Cloth Bag revolution,Eco Festival, Tree plantations, garbage segregation, ALM of Powai, Environmental education and Climate change prsentations among citizens.Please do get in touch for corporate social responsibility work as well as campaigns.  

      In India, the campaign spans more than 150 cities, providing a platform to create awareness on renewable energy amongst individuals, corporate entities and decision- makers, while influencing behavior, opinions and policy to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

      "The campaign was a great success on the 28thof March for the Earth Hour festival which was held at Meluha the Fern ecotel Hiranandani Gardens Powai Mumbai.I am proud that hundreds of people came to donate some time towards promoting the Young Environmentalists NGO and renewabale energy. Lakhs of citizens switched off their lights to show solidarity. We must celebrate EARTH HOUR daily.Recycle, reuse and refresh ,conserve water and other sources too which can save our planet earth.Earlier in the month we had Arjun Kapoor also launch the EARTH HOUR campaign by being the ambassador.Renewable energy is the need of the hour now,we must use the Gods gift of sunlight which is a free source of energy,Governemtn must relax taxes and promote renewable energy in India, althoguh we are not the world biggest polluters at all. ", vocied Elsie Gabriel Mentor at Climate Reality Project and founder of Young Environmentalists Programme trust who has been taking the lead in Mumbai to spread the Earth Hour campaign. 'Actor Umesh Pherwani and Actress Hrishitta Bhatt also came to support the Young Environmentalists NGO in their mission, added Gabriel.
      Earth Hour is a global initiative and the largest environmental campaign in history where citizens around the world show their support for action on climate change by turning off non-essential lights for one hour, between 8:30pm-9:30pm.
      The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Minister’s residence, residences of Chief Ministers,MCGM, India Gate and government buildings in every participating city have turned off lights at the same time.