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Mumbai goes green

india Updated: Jun 05, 2010 13:45 IST
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On World Environment Day today, Mumbaikars too can join citizens the world over in doing their two bits for Mother Nature. With a series of activities and events, such as movie screenings, plantation drives and cycle rallies, being planned throughout the day and the weekend, organisers are hoping to create awareness about the environment and inculcate the green spirit among people.

Kenneth Hopkins, organiser of a music-cum-bicycle rally in Bandra, is a 24-year-old third generation bicycle owner. He says, “This summer was the hottest ever. If we do not do something about reducing carbon emission, the situation will worsen further. The time to act is now.”

The thought isn’t lost on other organisers. Humanity Foundation, which is organising a mega cycle rally in South Mumbai, wants people from different strata of society to help make a difference. “We want to create awareness about air pollution but feel that this problem concerns society as a whole.

This is why we want people from each and every section of society to be a part of the rally,” says Sanjay Shinge, president. The rally hopes to see the participation of students, youth, teachers, dabbawallas and even celebs.

But if cycling isn’t your thing, you could also opt for a more conventional plantation drive. “We are giving neem and ashoka saplings to passers-bye.

This is a good time to plant trees as the monsoon is around the corner,” says Priyanka Dalal, volunteer at The Sapling Project, which will hand out free saplings across the city on June 6. The adventurous could also be a part of a pagan ritual and plant trees with Wiccan witches on June 5.

“Qualified witches will be dancing with their brooms as it is believed that it will make the soil more fertile. It is an age-old tradition that we will continue. As the Wiccan religion worships earth, we have organised this tree plantation,” says Anuja Gala, a Wiccan witch.

And those wishing to upgrade their knowledge about climate change, can head to Mahrashtra Nature Park where a special screening of documentaries will be on. Rajashree Joshi, organiser of MovieMala, says, “We are conducting a short film festival cum competition.

Young filmmakers from all over the country have sent their entries. The judges will be the general public who come to watch the screening. They will decide the awardees for the Best Movie.” Still waiting? Head out, Mother Nature beckons.

Watch
Head to Maharashtra Nature Park to catch a special preview of five award-winning films on climate change. On from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, the films are 12-minutes each and are made by winners of the UK Environment Film Fellowships (UKEFF) 2010. They will be screened as part of the Save Gaia Short Film Festival organised by MovieMala.

Jitendra Adappa, filmmaker of Blocks of Green, will be there for a Q & A with the audience after the screening. The documentaries will also be broadcast on National Geographic Channel today, at 10 pm.

Venue: Maharashtra Nature Park, Near Sion Railway Station. Opposite Dharavi Bus Depot, Mahim
Call: 9820913662

Discovery Channel will commemorate the World Environment Day with a dedicated programme line-up from 12 noon to midnight. On offer are:
One Water — The show will present the ways water has touched humanity around the globe.

Future World — The episode will showcase importance of the Himalayas to humanity and how it provides fresh water to 30 per cent of the world’s population.

Surviving The Drought— This show will showcase the condition of wildlife at the Ruaha National Park in the south of Tanzania, where the sparkling waters of Ruaha river are a remote dream.

Expedition Alaska - A team of some of the world’s top scientists and wildlife filmmakers explore this remote and rugged landscape to document what impact global warming is having on the landscape and wildlife of Alaska.

Year Without Summer - It focuses on three storylines: the anatomy of Mount Tambora’s eruption, the expedition and excavation of the site, and the scientific analysis of the volcano and the climate changes.

World Environment Day is celebrated to stimulate awareness of the environment. In a bid to further its reach, Nehru Centre, Worli, is celebrating the day with a screening of the following relevant films:
Harvest of the Rain: Wealth of the Nation (48 minutes)
What is the Green House Effect? (13 minutes)
Arvari (14 minutes)
Venue: Hall of Quest, Nehru Planetarium, Worli
Time: 11.30 am onwards
Entry: Free and on first-come-first-serve basis.
Call: 24924676-80

National Geographic Channel will air Environment Day special programming from 2 pm to 4 pm and 5 pm to 8pm.

RIDE
Want to make some noise today? Meet with your bicycles and musical instruments at KFC Bandra at 9 pm and be a part of this unique cycle rally. The route entails riding around Pali Hill and then moving to Carter Road. Next, ride up the Mount Mary and down Kane Road to the Bandstand Amphitheatre. There, simply laze and enjoy some good live music. NOTE: A van will be available at KFC to pick up the instruments if required. You can rent the bicycles at Hopkins Bicycles near KFC on an hourly basis.
Call: 9768920125 / 9769103386.

Humanity Foundation, a registered NGO working in the field of environment, will organise a mega cycle rally. The Foundation hopes to create awareness about air pollution and wants to ask people from different walks of life to come together to help save the environment.

The rally covers several areas of South Mumbai including Kalachowki, Lalbaug, Byculla, Sewree, Naigaon, Parel, Worli and Dadar. nOTE: No bicycles available on hire dATE: June 6, Sunday, 9 am vENUE: Shahid Bhagatsingh Ground, Abhyuday Nagar Kalachowki
Call: 9820828398/9029282483

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on June 5 with different themes every year. 2010 is the year of ‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future’ that celebrates the incredible biodiversity of life on Earth.

WED is observed to stimulate awareness of environment issues, focus political attention and encourage public action. This year Rwanda — a country of exceptional biodiversity — plays host and will lead the celebrations with three days of keynote events. Thousands of activities will also be organised worldwide, with beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more.

Do
Idobro will celebrate Environment Day with a green campaign on Carter Road, Bandra, from 5 pm to 9.30 pm. The events will be under three categories — recycling, energy conservation and eco-friendly products. The campaign will focus on spreading awareness.
One can participate in: Green Walk by participants of all age groups e-waste collection drive (live demonstration) Puppets for children Music and presentations Cleanliness drive to ensure the place is free of any litter.
Call: 9833433944

WWF-India Maharashtra State Office, Mumbai, has organised a beach clean-up at Dadar Chowpatty on June 5. All nature enthusiasts are welcome. Gloves will be provided so that you don’t have to get your hands dirty.
Where: Dadar Chowpatty. Meeting place at Ashoka Pillar, near Chaityabhoomi.
TIME: 7 am

Plant
Orchid Hotel, Vile Parle (E), will give plant saplings to guests who visit the hotel or dine there. One can also participate in a green team rally and come up with slogans to support the green cause. The rally begins at the hotel, at 8 am, covers Vile Parle (E) and returns to the hotel at 10 am.
Call: 26164040

Global Wicca invites Mumbaikars for its first event in the Go Green series. This greening initiative is unique because qualified Wiccan priestesses conduct it. Wiccans worship Mother Nature and strive to give back to nature some positive energy and respect through spiritual and physical actions.

All you need to do in return is plant a sapling free of cost. Since it’s a Go Green drive, do dress in green and help start the campaign.
Venue: Anand Dalvi Garden, opposite BEST Bus Depot, Sion (W)
Time: From 9 am to 12 pm (ritual at 10 am)
Call: 64104135/ 65250328
Website: www.globalwicca.com

The Sapling Project is organising a green drive in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Thane and New Mumbai, among other cities. As part of the drive, volunteers will distribute neem and ashoka saplings to citizens on June 6. All you need to do in return is take care of your sapling for at least two years. Post that, the trees can take care of themselves.

Shop
Help save the rainforest, one pen at a time. William Penn presents Bamboo Tornado, a new way to support the planet. The barrel of this pen is made of bamboo, a renewable resource.

With the purchase of a Bamboo Tornado, Retro 1951 will make a donation to The Arbor Day Foundation to rescue 250 square feet of rainforest, and the habitat it protects. Price: Rs 1,995. They are available exclusively at the Mumbai Domestic Airport.

Fashionandyou.com brings to you handmade bath and beauty products starting at Rs 639. Grab these bathroom essentials at a flat 20 per cent discount today. Last day to avail the discount today.

Donate

Log on to www.giveindia.org today and make a contribution towards a green future.

There are several choices available:
For Rs 5,000, plant 125 fruit-bearing trees to support 25 households
For Rs 5,000, install a bore well that provides clean water to a rural family
For Rs 4,266, provide a solar light to a family living in darkness
For Rs. 4,000, donate a boiling water ‘chula’ that saves energy
For Rs. 3,900, teach students to recycle paper
For Rs 2,500, enable farming in a drought prone area by providing a kit for irrigation

Learn
Clean Mumbai Foundation and Green Commandos — Global warming/ Climate change and MCGM plan to revive the campaign, Aao Kutch Alag Kare, on segregation of garbage into wet and dry garbage.

To utilise the wet garbage, Sunsaar has prepared a kit, which contains three pots to process wet garbage and a starter kit with accelerator powder, neem powder and more, which will help compost the wet garbage. This will also be followed by service visits with extra charges. The full package costs Rs 3,050 each. Clean Mumbai Foundation will give it at Rs 2,000 to the first 25 customers till the occasion of World Environment Day.

Today, Conservation Education Centre (CEC) of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) launches Educational Trunks. These kits will enable children to understand all about nature and environment conservation. This has been created in association with Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

The educational trunks are available in five themes: plant life, insect life, bird life, endangered life and the environment. Each trunk is a combination of theme-based games, experiments, quizzes, puppet shows, flashcard stories, posters, audio-visual shows and reference books. The Educational Trunks are for hire for everybody and there are special offers for schools and educational institutions.
Call: 28421174/ 28402946

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