First held in 1974 by the UN to raise awareness on environmental issues, World Environment Day - celebrated on 5th June every year, aims to create awareness and inspire action for the protection of the environment. It has now become the most renowned day for environmental action with participation of major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and public figures from 143 countries. This year, the theme was 'Celebrating Biodiversity' which focused on the need to save resources and reconnect with nature.
With India's lockdown still underway, the ACF SEDI team in Bhatapara Chattisgarh planned a few online activities for its trainees. The team initiated a drive to get students from different trades to participate in a chart-paper model creation and a slogan writing initiative. Students & staff from trades like Beautician, Retail Management, Assistant Electrician and Hotel Management put on their creative hats and designed posters and items with unused materials available in their homes. The theme for the activities was pure air and characterization of trees. The trainees & teachers presented some remarkable designs highlighting World Environment Day and showcasing the importance of Biodiversity.
A few of the charts & models prepared by SEDI Bhatapara trainees & staff
SEDI Chandrapur in Maharashtra organized an online awareness session for the trainees about the importance of the environment and how one should care for it while SEDI trainees from Darlaghat and Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh participated in an online poster and poem competition and shared pictures of them planting saplings in their own backyards with their families. Apart from the SEDI trainees, children from 35 schools of Darlaghat also participated in the painting competition. 135 students including adolescent boys and girls from 20 villages participated in the plantation drive and a sanitation drive initiated by 60 Swachhata Doots (Health Ambassadors) was encouraged in project villages where cleanliness was adhered to and plastic waste was collected regularly. A total of 600 members from 80 villages of Darlaghat were reached through the drive.
World Environment Day activities in Nalagarh & Darlaghat
Swacchhata Doots with their charts
In Haridwar, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, ACF reached out to farmers through a webinar on the environment facilitated by the environment division of Ambuja Cements Limited.
World Environment Day Webinar with farmers in Roorkee
In Nalagarh, over 1770 members of the community were made aware about the importance of biodiversity & the environment through WhatsApp messages. A Google Meet was also organized between the environment department of Ambuja Cements, SHGs, farmers, representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Eshakti animators. The Ambuja Environment Department explained the theme's significance & discussed various environmental issues. The community was reminded to continue maintaining social distancing and follow the health advisory. Participants also took part in a quiz competition. A Green Corner group was also formed to collect photographs of community members who have dedicated a certain corner of their houses for the environment.
Green Corner photographs from the community in Nalagarh