Green Schools Awards Ceremony
- 2nd March 2019
The Not In My Ocean finale took place on the 2nd of March with an awards ceremony to congratulate the winners of the campaign.
We felt honored to have with us Mr. Pradip Patade, one of the founding members of the Marine Life of Mumbai team, as a chief guest to grace the ceremony.
The ceremony began with a couple of workshops on Herpetofauna, Sailing on Plastic Seas, Walk a Talk with Miracle Makers, Unlock the mystery of flying flowers- The Butterflies, Drawing the Marine World and an exclusive workshop for teachers on Urban Gardening. The best performing schools were awarded and we were amazed with the response from our campaigners. We hope that they continue with the same zeal and participation!
We wish to congratulate each of the participants for making this campaign a success! We hope to see you in the next academic year. Cheers!
Not In My Ocean.
Khandala Bohma Hill Trail- 9th February 2019
GreenLine organised an outdoor event at Bohma Hills for the schools in Lonavala. The students learnt fascinating facts about plant-animal interactions and how many exotic plant species happen to thrive over here while they are endangered in their native region. Students saw plants like Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet), Drumstick, Fig and its relationship with the wasp, and learnt the meaning of certain scientific names like Polyalthia longifolia (poly-many, althia-cures, longi- long, folia- leaves) which means that this tree of False Ashoka is used to cure many diseases and gets its name from its appearance.
Although the climb was steep, the chilling winter, chirpy birds and all the knowledge shared by our resource people, The Backyard Botanists, the trail was a very pleasant one.
Multi Layered Plastic (MLP) Collection
During the 2nd session our campaigners were introduced to a type of non-recyclable plastic that we all encounter in our daily lives, MLP. Multi Layered Plastics (MLPs) are used to wrap most of our food items like chocolates, chips, shampoos, etc. In MLPs, the sandwich between plastic and metal, may keep our food safe, but it being inseparable, causes major damage to our environment. The only solution to these plastics is to destroy them completely in a process called ‘Co-Processing’ where they will be burnt at high temperatures to return to their raw material and then mixed with cement and used in making roads and buildings. Therefore, GreenLine collaborated with Safai Bank of India who collects these MLPs and sends them to the ACC cement company where these would be co-processed. Hence 2 rounds of collection were organized by GreenLine in collaboration with Mumbai Sustainability Centre under their project Safai bank of India. Students went out of their way to collect these MLPs, not only did they involve their entire school but also their society and neighborhood in collecting these wrappers. In all, GreenLine contributed 5,87,765 MLPs to the Safai Bank of India.
Anti-Litter Day- 12th December 2018
After realizing the need to get people in our neighborhood aware of the problem of littering, we decided to dedicate 12th of December to have our campaigners get onto the streets to help raise awareness through street plays, rallies, pledges, signature campaigns, cleanliness drive, etc. Students from 10 schools participated this year in this celebration and while many performed the above mentioned activities, some schools also came up with their own creative ideas to celebrate this day in a more impactful way, for example, the students of Auxilium Convent High School, Bandra set up a photo booth to draw the attention of passers-by, students of Convent Girls High School, Prabhadevi highlighted the impact of waste on aquatic animals by taking different forms of aquatic life.
Marine Walk- 8th December 2018
Our campaigners were all set once again to pay a visit to our marine neighbours, this time at Juhu Chowpatty. Students from 12 school participated in this event along with their parents and teachers.
In our second marine walk, we witnessed the beauty of the brittle star, the sensitive little porcelain crab, the wiggly spaghetti worm and many such beautiful creatures that live in our vicinity. Not only did the kids see all these creatures, but also learnt about them from the Marine Life of Mumbai team who gave the students detailed information about each of the creatures.
We were glad to see the enthusiasm of the kids and hope that they take back much from these magnificent creatures!
GreenLine had its third workshop on 3rd November 2018 on Film-Making where 45 students along with 14 parents and teachers were present.
Videography is not just about shooting a video, it’s the art of conveying a message. Right from holding the phone in the right position to trimming it down to only what’s necessary in the video, the students learnt tips and tricks of videography and shot few videos by themselves of the Don Bosco school campus which were then screened and the students were helped correct their mistakes.
With Fraser as our resource person, this workshop proved to be very helpful and handy to the students as their vacation task based on making a film.
You can see the video of this workshop here.
Marine Walk-23rd October 2018
On the 23rd of October 2018, 25 students along with their teacher/parent from 7 schools assembled opposite CCD, Carter Road to participate in a marine walk. 3 members from Marine Life Of Mumbai (MLOM) guided us along the rocky shore for a span of one and a half hour.
Hermit crabs, Sea sponges, Nerite snails, Sea anemone, polychaete worms, mudskippers were some of the shore animals we sighted. Our students were amazed by most of these miniature creatures and jaw-dropped at the facts shared by Jessica, Nikhil and Gaurav from MLOM.
“One must not underestimate the power of a tiny creature” is what one of the teachers had to say.
It was disheartening to see a lot of plastic enmeshed between the roots of the mangroves, and yet among all the rubbish were some really unique and thriving life forms.
The students learnt about the richness of biodiversity along our coast. It was a knowledgeable and fun-filled evening as we hopped between tide-pools witnessing marine creatures and sunset.
Green Cart: Shop Clean Workshop
The workshop was held on the 27th of September, 2018. 50 students from 16 schools across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Lonavla participated in the workshop.
Our resource person Mr. Kaustubh Bhagat conducted the workshop. He gave an insight on the recent ban on a few one-time use plastics. He also spoke about certain plastics like plastic plates, spoons, bowls etc. that can be replaced with biodegradable cutlery like Areca nut plates, wooden spoons etc.
“A striking example of an edible cutlery is a cone/waffle to hold your ice-cream” is what he said. He mentioned of a few Municipal markets in Mumbai that one can purchase biodegradable cutlery. “One does not have to worry about the number of plastic bins or the number of utensils to wash after a party, one can just hire cutlery from a local decorator or caterer” he added.
The students found the workshop informative and interesting.