On Friday morning, Rutash Joshipura, 13, spread a handful of a mixture of cow urine, dung, jaggery, leaves and water mixture around a tree.
Though he covered his nose the first time, it became easier for the tree lover to repeat the exercise while learning about composting. Joshipura was among the 50 participants of the Bombay Natural History Society’s (BNHS) workshop organised at its reserve in Goregaon on the occasion of Earth Day on Friday.
From launching recycling initiatives, organising nature walks and awareness campaigns to environment-related quizzes and contests, Mumbaiites devoted their holiday to Mother Earth.
“Use of natural resources without consideration is leading to its depletion. I am only playing a small role in saving the Earth,” said Joshipura.
Apart from a practical session on composting, other activities at the BNHS workshop included seed-collection and preparation of sapling bags.
In a bid to spread awareness about the open green spaces in Mumbai, Rachna Sansad Institute of Environmental Architecture (RSIEA) conducted a nature walk at Aarey Colony. “The walk was led by environment researchers, a scientist and a landscape architect. They spoke about different types of trees found in Aarey Colony, their uses and birds associated with them. Around 150 people took part in it,” said Roshni Yehuda, head, RSIEA.
Eco Corner, an eco-friendly products store, launched an initiative to collect and recycle food cartons. “We have set a up a collection bin where customers can drop used cartons which will be sent to a recycling factory. We will sell books and pads made from these recycled cartons,” said Urvashi Mody, owner, Eco Corner.
A group of volunteers from Young Environmentalists, a non-profit organisation, distributed 200 cloth bags to people at signals and in Powai markets. “We wanted to spread awareness about the environmental hazards of using plastic bags,” said Elsie Gabriel, founder president, Young Environmentalists. Nearly 1,000 people participated in a drawing contest, and a lecture organised at the Nehru Science Centre.