Jan Mar 2012

Jan Mar 2012
Campaign for a Million Eco Projects

The theme of this issue is to celebrate the ground swell of eco projects that is happening around us and share the enthusiasm and pratical ideas

Editorial

The first issue every year has the same theme as the Bhoomi Conference (or Unconference) – this year, the focus is on the Campaign for a Million Eco Projects. The web portal www.millionecoprojects.com will be integral to this campaign, to document eco projects and faciliate the end user to explore, connect, act and share.

Bhoomi Network is launching a web portal, called a ‘Million Eco Projects’ at the Bhoomi Unconference in Bangalore on 27th and 28th January, 2012

What are eco projects?

Eco projects help preserve natural resources like water, trees, soil, respect Nature’s cycles through waste management, organic gardening and so on…they are a way of living with ecological wisdom, of living sustainably on Earth.

Green Initiatives at Wipro

Writing about a Corporate taking up CSR activities or implementing ‘eco wise’ solutions in their day-to-day functioning, always activates a pendulum of indecision in the mind. Should I even write about them? How much do they really do? Is it also just one more ‘social service’ or CSR activity?

Today, it is a tough task to teach children what is nutritious food. First of all, it has to be taught not theoretically (doesn’t work), but experientially, by actually eating healthy food as much as possible. The second difficulty is that as adults, we ourselves need to learn a lot – and changing our own food habits is not easy at the best of times. The third difficulty is the plethora of contradictory and confusing information and media hype on the right and wrong foods that we get.

In the developing world, one child dies of hunger every five seconds. According to statistics* women  and children are the main sufferers of hunger: 70% of all hungry people are women. (The irony being that although women grow over 60% of the food in developing countries, they own less than 1% of the land) At the crux of the world hunger issue is inequality (economic and social inequalities) and not scarcity of food. Unequal distribution of food because of grievously poor political decisions, and not food scarcity, is the crippling factor in developing countries.

A documentary on Green Schools by Aditi Banerjee shows  how a few schools are taking on a pioneering role in helping children build a stronger consciousness about green living...

‘Environment’, ‘Ecology’, ‘Conser-vation’,‘Sustainability’,‘Green’, ‘Organic’ are some of the buzzwords of our rapidly changing and evolving world; and it’s only natural, given that we’ve actually begun to feel some of the effects of  environmental degradation that scientists had foreseen decades ago.

For too long, too many of us have been entranced by heroes, perhaps it’s our desire to be saved, to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. Constantly, we are barraged by politicians presenting themselves as heroes, the ones who will fix everything and make our problems go away. It’s a seductive image, an enticing promise. And we keep believing it. Somewhere there is someone who will make it all better. Somewhere there is someone who is visionary, inspiring, brilliant, trustworthy, and we will all happily follow him or her. Somewhere…

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

Dear Teachers and Parents: Do read out this declaration to your children and sign and mail a copy of the letter to the Prime Minister given overleaf to him. Our children need to be involved in their own future…

This declaration was adopted by the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, in Bolivia. The Bolivian government has submitted it to the United Nations for Consideration.

Paraphrased version of Preamble and articles:

Eco Toilets at Pathashaala, Vallipuram, Tamil Nadu

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