International Coastal Clean-Up Day, 15th September 2018
International Coastal Clean-Up Day and World Clean-Up Day coincided this year. Our campaigners enthusiastically got their hands dirty for a cause. 5 schools with nearly 150 students conducted a clean-up at Juhu, Mahim and Dadar beach along with their teachers and other volunteers.
The students spent nearly 2 hours cleaning the beach and after seeing all the trash found on the beach and in the water, they realized how brutally we have damaged our beautiful mother nature. Food packaged in the year 2016 and earlier were found buried in the sand. This is the sad reality of today.
We hope that like our campaigners, many more people realize how their trash affects the ocean!
Nature Trail at Sanjay Gandhi National Park- 25th August, 2018
Green Schools Campaign held its first outdoor event: A nature trail to Sanjay Gandhi National Park on the 25th of August, 2018. 70 participants and 18 schools took part in this event. The trail consisted of a walk along the Shilonda trail that spans a distance of 3 km from the entrance to the end.
The trail extends eastward from its entry, towards Kanheri Hill, and the forest is dense & green. The students were amazed to know the history of SGNP, its vastness and the number of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals that the national park situated in the midst of a city, is home to. Students enjoyed themselves by a river that cuts through the park, and is wild during the monsoon. This visit allowed the kids to have a short but amazing experience among the wild, along with learning about the biodiversity like the Soccer ball tree, Sesame plant, the Pagoda ant nest and the Signature spider, to name a few.
All in all, it was a fun and "know-how" filled Saturday!
Low-waste Living Workshop
Low Waste Living- Cut down your Crap workshop was conducted at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on 11th of August, 2018, with our resource person Mehndi Shivdasani a.k.a. Conscious Chokri who in a very creative way taught the students how to cut down on waste and make their own homemade products that are beneficial for their health and the environment.
Mehndi began with showing the students a video on our plastic ending up into the ocean, after which she introduced them to what Zero Living is all about, followed by how she cuts down her waste and uses environment friendly and home-made products for herself.
The students were then taught to make their own shampoo with the use of Soapnut and Shikakai and their own body scrub using grounded Coffee and Tea powder, Sugar and Coconut oil, all of which are easily available at one's home.
With a good number of 66 students accompanied by 25 parents and teachers from 22 schools across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Lonavala, the first workshop of the Green Schools Campaign 2018-2019 was a huge success!