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World Environment Day 2014

Every year Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (SPGMEC) celebrates World Environment Day on 5th June. Theme for this year was, “Raise your voice not the sea level.”

Different activities were organised for Godrej and Boyce employees.

On 5th June, the event stared by exhibition of informative panels of mangrove, which focused on different aspects of mangroves and Godrej’s work for mangrove conservation.

Winners of Photothon event

On the occasion of World Wetlands day, 2nd February, Godrej Mangrove center had organized national competition of photography for Godrej & Boyce employees. This competition was based on two themes, viz.

Macro photography and Bird photography. 25 enthusiastic nature photographers from all over India had participated in this event.

World Environment Day Celebrations- 2011

As every year World Environment Day Celebrations were organised by Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (SPGMEC) from 3rd June to 6th June.

3rd June is a special day for our centre as it marks the birth anniversary of passionate environmentalist and founder member of this centre late Mr. Sohrabji Godrej. On this day a mangrove nature trail and the film on forest conservation and Mangroves diversity divercity was screened for the nature lover's group of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Around 30 employees of TCS participated in this program. The Mangrove booklet which was released in the last year on the same day (3rd June 2010) was presented for their Wellspring Library.
Dr Maya talking about Theme of World Environment Day 2011 Film show on diversity in Mangroves

On 4th June a group of 15 architects of 'Indian institute of Architects' from Kalyan and Dombivli visited Godrej Mangroves. Participants were surprised to see the well preserved mangroves in Godrej area compared to other areas in Mumbai. After the nature walk in lush green mangroves with rich biodiversity the documentary on environment- 'HOME' was screened followed by discussion on various Environmental issues and solutions.

On the same day, Locks division employees have participated in planting of tree saplings in the garden around the locks division premises. Mr Shyam Motwani, Vice President and team has planted saplings of Indian Laburnum tree (Cassia fistula) and Pisonia alba. He also advised employees to take positive actions for protection of environment like waste management, water management, walk to work, paper savings, etc.

Mr Shyam Motwani, VP, Locks divi planting
Indian Laburnum tree sapling.
Mr Ram N Rathor, explaining
the importance of tree to locks employees.

On 6th June Environment day celebration was organised for employees of Construction division. A symbolic plantation of mangrove sapling was done by Mr Ashok Pingle, AGM and inauguration of Mangrove aquarium (with local aquatic fauna) was done by Mr. Cyrus Shroff, AGM and the most senior citizen in the group Mr. Lal Bahadur. This aquarium is a mini model of mangrove ecosystem, in which mangrove associated aquatic fauna such as mudskipper fish, tilapia fish, fiddler crab, barb fish (Shingada) etc are displayed along with different types of mangrove plants. This model helps people to understand the structure of mangrove ecosystem and how it supports aquatic fauna. It also gives opportunity to visitors to observe the mangrove associated fishes and crabs closely.

Informative posters about these fishes and crabs are also displayed in the aquarium. The session on aquarium was followed by a nature trail on hillock near aquarium. Participants could get panoramic view of luxuriant mangrove forest. More than 50 employees from construction participated in this event and enjoyed beauty of mangrove forest and learned about associated flora and aquatic fauna.

Symbolic plantation of mangrove sapling Inauguration of Mangrove aquarium
 
Construction employees visiting Mangroves on the occasion of WED
During last financial year, Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre conducted around 150 comprehensive education programs comprising of nature trails, slide shows, film shows, lectures, games and role plays on Biodiversity and Mangrove conservation for different school children, college students, G&B management trainees and citizens group.

The World Wetlands Day Celebration 2nd February 2011

On the occasion of the World Wetlands day, Exhibition on Conservation of Wetlands was organised by Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre in collaboration with Environmental NGOs such as WWF, Reef Watch, Envirovigil, BNHS and Srushtidnyan on 2nd and 3rd February near Pragati Kendra.

Also, to mark the significance of this day, Marathi Version of the Monograph “The Mangroves” written by Dr. Maya Mahajan, was released by Mr. V. M. Crishna
 
 
Wildlife photo exhibition and prize distribution
The Wildlife photo exhibition and prize distribution was conducted during Anand Mela on 18th December by Godrej Mangrove Centre. The chief guest of the function were Mr & Mrs Rajkumar, Vice president Business excellence. The exhibition was continued on 20th December near Pragati Kendra


Winners of Wildlife Photography 2010

Results of Wildlife Photography Competition organized by Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (Godrej Mangrove Centre)
 
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CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners Wildlife photography and cloth painting exhibition will be organised during Anand Meta on 18th December.

Judges of the competition were

Eminent Wildlife Photographers
Mr Kedar Bhat and Mr Yuvraj Waghmare

Click here to see cloth painting winning pictures

Wildlife Week Celebrations 2010
 
On the occasion of Wildlife week different activities such as Nature trails in Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Godrej Mangroves, Wildlife photography and T shirt Painting competition have been organised in the first week of October. On 2nd October a nature trail was conducted for Mangrove Club members in Yeoor forest in Thane. 40 club members along with their teachers participated in this trail under the guidance of Mr. Alok Chorge, Dr Maya Mahajan, Dr Arun PR and Mr Hemant Karkhanis. Information on rare plants in the forest, butterflies, crabs, insects, snakes etc was shared with the participants. The exciting trail was followed by 'Vana bhojan' near the water falls.

On 3rd October around 110 Godrej employees and colony residents participated in the Wildlife nature trail and Kanheri trek organised in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). At the beginning of the trail Dr Maya in her introductory talk spoke about the importance of Nature and Wildlife conservation and how can we contribute towards our Greener future. Nature trail in SGNP was guided by Mr. Anil Rajbhar, Mr. Harshad Ainapure and Dr Arun who shared valuable information about different plants, butterflies, insects, and other wildlife. The Nature trail and Kanheri trek was followed by cool dips in pristine streams coming from virgin forest and Van Bhojan. Participants also enjoyed a Jungle Safari by mini train (van- Rani) and Lion & Tiger safari in SGNP. Participants which included 5 years old kids to 65 year Sr citizens were very much excited to see wildlife in the forest especially lion and tigers from the distance of only 10 to 15 feet.

On 4th October a Nature trail was organised for students from NL high School under the guidance of Hemant. After field visit, they were shown a documentary on mangrove wildlife. Dr. Maya presented a lecture on wildlife to Udayachal Primary School students followed by a documentary film on Wildlife on 5th October.
 
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Vanamahotsav - 2010
 
The Van-mahotsav was celebrated during first week of July 2010 by Garden and Mangrove department.
 
On 30th June, a presentation on Importance of forest conservation was made by Dr. Maya Mahajan for UPS student. The presentation was followed by a nature song. Around 120 students along with their teachers participated in the program. Children took the Environment pledge for the conservation of the nature.
 
 
Presentation by Dr. Maya for UPS students Environment pledge by UPS students
 
On 1st July, awareness workshop for garden contract workmen was conducted at hillside nursery. In this workshop, the Information about maintenance of gardens, watering, pruning methods, application of fertilizers, safety measures  etc. was shared by Mr. R N Rathor, Ms. Aarti Bhambore, Mr. Ravindra Walujkar, and Mr. Anil Hazare. Change hands namely Mr. Anjayya and Mr. Laxman Bua also shared their experiences with the workers.
 
 
A demo on tree pruning activity A movie on safety
 
A film on safety was also screened during this workshop. The safety precautions during material handling, road safety, working at high, electrical and excavation safety etc was covered in the movie.
 
An interactive session on kitchen garden and medicinal herbs was conducted on 2nd July at Pragati Kendra under guidance of Mrs. Harshala Sane. In her lecture, she explained about how to make compost by using vegetable, fruit waste and grow vegetables in our kitchen garden with the help of available resources. Garden team had also given add-on information about the topic. Around 50 ladies from colonies and G&B employees participated in the workshop.
 
 
An informative session by Mrs. Sane Garden team sharing experiences
 
On Sunday, 4th July, - Know Our Trees- tree identification nature trail at hillside colony and nursery was organized under the guidance of Mr. Anil Rajbhar, a plant taxonomist from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. The nature trail started from colony ground and covered trees in nursery and few other areas in hillside colony. Mr. Anil Rajbhar, shared information about common names, botanical names origin of trees, herbs, climbers, their medicinal importance, uses…. Etc. Queries of enthusiastic participants were answered by Mr. Rajbhar, Mr. Rathor and Dr. Maya. The program which was supposed to end by 10.45am ended at 12.45am due to enthusiasm, interactive sessions and active participation of the nature lovers from the colonies.
 
 
Nature trail in colony - Know your trees Mr. Anil Rajbhar sharing information about trees
 
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Nature lovers - Exploring Trees
 
On Friday, 9th July, tree plantation in mangrove area was organised for employees of construction division. Mr. Maneck Engineer and Mr. Purvez Gandhi inaugurated the plantation program. Participants planted around 52 different plant saplings such as Barringtonia, Cassia, Lagerstomeia along the KT road in Mangrove area.
 
 
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Mr. Maneck Engineer & Mr. Purvez Gandhi planting saplings in Mangrove area
 
World Environment Day celebrated on Sohrabji Godrej’s birthday - 2010.

"The Mangroves”- booklet by Dr Maya Mahajan was released by Mr. Jamshyd Godrej and Mr. Navroze Godrej.
 
To commemorate the birth anniversary of our late Mr. S.P Godrej, a passionate environmentalist and to mark the significance of the World Environment Day which falls on 5th June, 2010, “The Mangroves”, a booklet written by Dr. Maya Mahajan was released. The book was released by Mr. Jamshyd Godrej and Mr. Navroze Godrej. The event organised jointly by Corporate HR and Godrej Construction was held in Plant 11, Ground Floor Conference Room on 3rd June, 2010.

Mr. P. D. Lam, President and Executive Director, G&B, Mr. Anil Verma, Executive Director and Head-Personnel and Administration and Mr. Balchandra Joshi, GBSS President graced the occasion.

“The Mangroves” booklet talks about the Mangroves, Biodiversity of Mangroves, importance of Mangroves and also how mangroves act as a lifeline to coastal cities like Mumbai by acting as buffer between land and sea. In the context of Global warming and sea level rise how critical they are for survival.
 
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Dr. Maya Mahajan, author of “The Mangroves” said, “The need to write this booklet arose with the objective of conveying the message/information in a simple language about the Mangroves and their importance to those who visit the Godrej Mangroves.
I want people to carry back a memento which should remind them of their role towards the environment.”

Some of the key environmental concerns were raised by Dr. Maya Mahajan and Mr. Rumi Engineer. Dr. Mahajan spoke about the shrinking of the jungles, loss of species like our tigers, the melting of glaciers, drying of lakes, sinking of islands and the loss of indigenous species of crops in the recent years. She stressed on how biodiversity and Environment protection is closely linked with our survival on this planet and urged people to come together and make a difference for our only planet.

 

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According to Mr. Rumi Engineer the key environmental issues which need to be addressed are- Energy and water conservation, disposal of wastes, reduction of Green House Gas emission, re-use and re-cycle of materials. He felt Green Purchase Policy is the need of the hour i.e. products should be recyclable after its effective life. Mr Maneck Engineer who worked with Sohrabji for almost three decades delivered an informative speech on Sohrabji Godrej's contribution towards Environment Protection.

Mr. J N Godrej in his speech emphasized on communicating the booklet on Mangroves to maximum number of people and also encouraged people to take more and more initiatives towards Mission on Sustainable Growth across the company.

 

Click here for video of Mr. J N Godrej's Speech on the occassion

 
The members present took the following pledge:

We pledge to protect the earth,
To respect the web of life upon it,
And to honour the dignity
Of every member of our global family.
One planet, one people, one world in harmony
With peace, justice and freedom for all.
We can make a difference - if we start NOW
.

Mr. Jamshyd N Godrej has endorsed ‘Sustainable Business Pledge’ for Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. to further the cause of the Green Initiative. The pledge has become an integral part of the business.
 
Tree plantation activity in Vikhroli on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED)
 
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Nature trail in Godrej Mangroves for Indus bank Employees
 
On the occasion of the World Environment Day a Nature trail was organized at Mangroves for Indus bank employees on 5th June. Program was started at 8.45am. Dr Maya briefed the participants about the purpose of the celebration and importance of mangroves and nature conservation. It was followed by a Nature trail in Mangroves under guidance of Mr Hemant Karkhanis, education officer, Mangroves.  
 
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Earth Day Celebration 23rd April, 2010

As a part of Earth day celebration this year on 23rd April, SPGMEC had organized a Film Show on Our Mother Earth - HOME by Yann Arthus Bertrand (renowned French photographer, journalist and environmentalist), which included aerial footage over fifty countries. Fifty representatives of Environment Department of different companies and interested Godrej employees participated in the program. Film show was followed by Nature trail in the Mangroves.

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Flamingo watch organized for Nisarg and Green Club
 
On 16th march 2010 the nature lovers of Godrej started their New Year - Gudi Padwa - celebrations with great enthusiasm in the company of thousands of pink beauties in the Sewri mudflats. The Flamingo watch organised by Nisarg and Green club had good participation of around 25 people despite many cancellations because of Gudi celebrations. The group started from Hillside colony by 8 am and reached Sewri in 20 minutes. Some of the participans not staying in the colony had also come directly to Sewri by train. We were welcomed at Ghaslet bunder by several thousands of pink flamingoes almost completely covering the huge expanse of mudflats exposed due to low tide. It was a spectacular sight and as the tide rose they came even closer and all the shutterbusg had a whale of a time. We spend around three hours till the high tide covered the mud flats and Flamingoes retreated. Overall it was a great experience to have witnessed one of nature's spectacular show right within the city of Mumbai.
 
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World Wetlands Day

On the occasion of the World Wetlands Day, Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (Mangrove Centre) had organized an exhibition at Pragati Kendra and Essay competition.

State of Mangroves/Wetlands in Mumbai
Pointers :

  • Present Status of Mumbai's wetlands, (General or a specific case)
  • Benefits of wetland areas
  • Your take on the reasons and the best way forward

Or
My experience with neighbourhood Mangrove area
Pointers :

  • On Mangroves/Wetlands in your neighbourhood,
  • Describe the changes you have observed over a period of time (Positive and negative changes)
  • What can be done to effectively protect mangroves/wetlands and stop destruction if any

Program organized for Udayachal highschool : 2 Feb

Prize distibution of Essay competition and Drawing competition for UHS 2 pm to 4 pm

Chief guest: Mrs. Pheroza Godrej


Venue: UHS auditorium

2 pm : Welcome Song
2 to 2.10 pm : Introductory talk by Maya on Wetlands
2.10 to 2.20 : Presentation by Student on Wetlands/Mangroves
2.20 to 2.40 : Filmshow on Wetlands (Sacred Waters)
2.40 to 3.00 : Skit on Green Godrej by Mangrove Club and Mangrove Centre
3 to 3.10 : Speech by Chief Guest Mrs Pheroza Godrej
3.10 to 3.40 : Prize distribution
3.40 to 3.45 : Vote of thanks
3.45 to 4.00 : Visit to Exhibition (on Wetlands) in Pragati Kendra

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Wildlife Photography Contest

SP Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (Godrej Mangrove Centre) had organised Wildlife Photography Contest as a part of Wildlife Week Celebration for

  • Godrej employees and family and
  • General People

Please see the link for the results and pictures

Prize Distriburion ceremony was organised during Anand Mela 19th December at 5.30 PM

Chief Guest : Mr. Navroze Godrej

All the prize winning pictures and other pictures were displayed in Wildlife Photography Exhibition in Mangrove Stall during Anand Mela.

 

Wildlife Week Celebration - 2009

SPGMEC (Godrej mangrove centre) celebrated the Wildlife week from 1st to 4th October 2009. All these days were packed with diverse programs. Different programs were conduced for various groups such as teachers, NGOs, University students, ladies club from hillside colony, Nature clubs and Godrej employees.

The major attraction of the wildlife week, was the National wildlife photography contest’ which was organised for two categories namely Godrej employees and their family members and General public. We received an overwhelming response for this contest. Entries came from all over India in both categories.

See the link for results and prize winning pictures

Prizes were distributed at the hands of Mr. Navroze Godrej during Anand Mela celebration on 19th December, at Vikhroli

All the prize winning pictures and other pictures were displayed in the exhibition at mangrove stall at Anand Mela. Photo-exhibition was extended for two more days on public demand and was organised near Pragati Kendra


See the link for more pictures

On 1st October a presentation on beautiful butterflies around us was made by Dr Arun PR for Udayacha Primary School teachers and G&B staff, which was followed by an interactive session .



On 2nd October Mangrove nature trail was conducted for a group of nature lovers from environmental NGO ‘Save forum’ by Dr Maya Mahajan. On the same day in the evening 40 students from SNDT University participated in the mangrove nature trail which was lead by Mr Hemant Karkhanis. The nature trail was followed by a film show on Wildlife cruelty by PAWS (Plants and Animal Welfare Society). Paws members sensitized students and employees about cruelty to animals for the greed of human beings (killing animals for leather, ivory, fur etc).

In an early pleasant morning on 3rd October, Wildlife nature trail was conducted for Ladies club at hillside colony by Maya. A parallel nature trail was organised for Udayachal Primary school focusing on butterflies under the guidance of Dr Arun. Teachers were amazed to see the wonderful world of butterflies. Teachers tried to identify them as they were exposed to butterfly pictorial presentation earlier on 1st October.

5th October, Sunday was the most eagerly awaited event for all the nature lovers. A wildlife nature trail was organised in the forest of Yeoor, which is a part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Twenty seven nature lovers from Green Club and Nisarg gathered near Hillside colony ground at 6.15 am. A car pooling was done to save petrol as well as environment. Mr. Anil Rajbhar, Dr. Maya, Mr. Hemant K, Dr. Arun were the resource persons during this trail. In-depth information about huge trees, climbers, lianas, medicinal plants, rare plants, crabs, butterflies and other insects was shared with the participants.

See the link for Yeoor nature trail report by our nature club member, Nikhil Mayekar

At the end of the trail (about 2.5 km) participants enjoyed ‘Van-bhojan’ and dip in ice cold stream water coming from the deep forest.

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Van-mahotsav - 2009

Every year Garden-Mangrove sections celebrate Van-Mahotsav in the first week of July to raise awareness about nature conservation among employees, colony residents, school children and society at large.

This year we had organised plantation programs for different groups such as Godrej employees, Udayachal School Children, Godrej Green Club, Hillside Nature club-Nisarg and Garden workers.

The celebration was inaugurated on 1st July by Mr PD Lam by planting a shrub in Hillside colony.

Dignitaries such as Mr. Maneck Engineer Sr VP and Mr. Purvez Gandhi COO, Mr Anup Mathew GM from construction divisions also planted saplings in hillside colony on this occasion.

On 2nd July little angels from Udayachal Primary School and teachers participated in Plantation program at Station-side colony road near Udayachal school. Ms Smita Godrej Crishna inaugurated the program and cheered up the little ones.

On 3rd July, plantation activity at Station-side colony was conducted by involving the staff of construction division. About 15- 20 construction staff participated in the program.

Employees from Plant 13 also planted saplings near their plant on 4th July.

On Sunday, enthusiastic nature lovers from Green club, Nisarga and other colony residents planted 125 saplings of different varieties of shrubs in accessory areas from Club house to G type bungalows in Hillside colony. Around 70 nature lovers gathered near Hillside colony club house at 10 am. Dr. Maya Mahajan explained about the purpose of Van mahotsava celebration and importance of tree plantation and adopting sustainable lifestyle for better future.

Plantation activity was initiated by plantation of saplings by dignitaries such as Sr. most participant Smt G Lalitha, Mr. B. K. Rajkumar, Mr. G. Sunderraman, Ms Harpreet Kaur, senior citizens club leader Dr. Homi Bilimoria, Mr Sushil Raut and Mr Ashok Chichiya.

The Participants aged from three years old kids to 60-65 years old Sr citizens actively and enthusiastically participated in this plantation program and enjoyed thoroughly. And left with satisfaction as they contributed towards greener and brighter Pirojshanagar.

On 3rd July Dr Maya interacted with UHS students (assembly of 8th to 10th) and shared information about Nature Conservation and Sustainable development. On 6th July Mr R N Rathor spoke about Van-mahotsava in the assembly of UHS students (5th to 7th std )

UHS students also actively participated in the activity of filling up of poly-bags & seedlings on 6th July, which was a part of Van-mahotsav.

Ikebana workshop was conducted in Pragati Kendra on 7th July for garden workers and Mahila Mandal. Ms Nayana Shah explained different ways of flower arrangements to participants.

World Environment Day- 5th June 2009

On the Occasion of the World Environment Day, the Godrej Mangrove Centre has taken an initiative to form the Green Club for Godrej Employees. We received a very good response from different divisions of Godrej and Boyce. So far 86 employees have registered their name to join the Green Club. Few employees from Godrej Industries, Godrej properties also have registered their names

The first informal meeting of the club was conducted in the Pragati Kendra on 5th June. Around 20 nature lovers participated in the initial meeting. Dr. Maya Mahajan explained the motto of forming the Green club. She also explained that the activities of Green Club throughout the year could be … Nature trails, Visits to theme parks, Bird watching, Butterfly trails, Screening of Films on Environment and Sustainable development, Lectures, Presentations by experts, Role plays, Games, Quiz, Street plays, Debates and discussions, Adopting Green Lifestyle, Adopting Green Culture in office, Spreading environmental awareness and motivating others to do the same ..... etc. Members were requested to share their ideas and suggestions. Participants decided to motivate more people to join Green Club. Colony residents decided to monitor segregation of dry and wet waste in colonies as their first activity.Participants suggested to promote use of solar energy in Godrej. It was also discussed that colony residents can avoid using vehicles for coming to office. We should encourage people to walk or use bicycle. Participants suggested that Green Club members should meet on the third Saturday of every month after 5.30 pm at Pragati Kendra or Mangrove Centre

On the same day (5th June) volunteers from the Godrej colonies (Friends of Environment) monitored the Segregation of Waste in all the Godrej colonies and distributed pamphlets to generate awareness about the same.

In the evening Rangoli Competition was organized in the Pragati Kendra (Theme was Save Earth, Nature). Residents from Creek-side and Station-side colonies and employees from G&B participated in this activity.

Ms Nalini Kala, Ms Rahila Athanikar from Corporate communication and Dr Maya Mahajan from Godrej Mangrove Centre were the judges for the Rangoli competition. The prize winners are

1st Prize- Mr Sujith Vijayan (G and B)
2nd Prize- Ms Swapnali Chavan ( Creek side colony)
3rd Prize- Mr. Kalyani (Station side colony)
Special Prize from judges- Ms Sucheta Kher (4th std-Daughter of Godrej Employee)

Locks division also had organized different programs on the occasion of World Environment Day in collaboration with Mangrove Centre.

This year’s official international theme set by United Nations Environment Program was Your Planet Needs You-Unite to Combat Climate Change. In line with this theme different competitions such as Slogan, Rangoli, Poster competitions were organized for Locks division from 2nd to 4th June.

Enthusiastic participation by the employees in voicing their opinion through slogans and expressing their thoughts through Rangoli on various aspects of environment was the highlight of the event. The difficulty faced by Ms Harpreet Kaur, GM, corporate HR, Dr Maya Mahajan, Mangrove Centre and Mr. Shyam Motwani, VP and Business Head, Locks in judging the Rangoli competition was a testimony to the novel ideas exhibited by employees

On 5th June in the morning a symbolic plantation was done by planting a sapling in the campus of Locks division by Mr. Shyam Motwani, VP and Business Head of Locks division. Mr. Motwani’s enthusiastic participation and constant motivation to all the participants brightened up the event. Entire team of locks division and Mr RN Rathor, Dr Maya Mahajan and Mr Ravindra Walujkar from Garden and Mangrove Section were present on the occasion.

Earth Day Celebration- 22 April 2009

The Earth Day was celebrated by the Godrej Mangrove Centre on 22 April 2009. 36 teachers from Udayachal Pri-Primary (UPPS) and Primary School (UPS) actively participated in the celebration. At around 10.30 AM all the teachers were taken to Gazebo in the Mangroves where Dr. Maya gave talk on What can we do to protect our mother Earth?
She also explained about how teachers can play major role in molding the student’s mindset and reforming them into young environmentalists, which would ultimately help in creating tomorrow’s environmentally responsible society.

A nature trail was conducted in Mangroves. The information about different varieties of mangrove such as Grey mangrove, Milky mangrove, Meswak, Common Derris, their adaptations and importance of Mangrove Conservation was given to the participants.

Teachers enjoyed the visit to marine aquarium. Teachers were surprised to see different variety of marine fishes like Lion fish, Puffer fish, Blue ring angle etc. and other aquatic animals like Lobster and Sea anemone. Maya and Hemant gave information about each species in the aquarium.

Visit to tower was the most interesting part of the program. Udayachal School teachers were mesmerized by seeing the beautiful world of mangroves, conserved by Godrej.

Campaign on Segregation of Waste in Stationside and Creekside colonies

A Clean up- Pirojshanagar (Godrej colonies) Campaign focusing on proper Solid Waste Management practice was undertaken on the occasion of Marathi New Year (Gudhi Padva) by involving young environmentalists from nature club and mangrove club of Udayachal highschool who reside in the colonies and sweepers (Safai kamgar) in the colony. Major objective of the campaign was to spread awareness about importance of segregation of dry and wet waste in the colony.

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On Friday, 27th March at 8.30 am, around 37 enthusiastic children from UHS (including Mangrove club members), 2 teachers, Sixteen contract workers (Safai Kamgar), research students gathered at the Udayachal Primary School. A brief introduction about the purpose of this campaign was given to Children as well as Workers at UPS and at Creekside colony before the action by Dr. Maya Mahajan from Mangrove section. She also narrated a story about Budhdha’s philosophy on reduce, reuse and recycle.

Mr. Hemant Karkhanis from Mangrove Section, Mr. Sanjeev Pednekar from Envirotech section and Dr. PR Arun, nature lover from hillside colony also actively participated in the Campaign. Campaign at Creekside colony was started at 10.00 am. Eighteen contract workers (Safai kamgars) and 8 enthusiastic UHS students participated in the same.

A rally was conducted at Stationside as well as Creekside colony. During the rally, participants sang songs giving the message of segregation of dry and wet waste. Sweepers took voluntary lead in this song. Each of the workers was allotted with two children to accompany him/her on their daily routine of Garbage collection from each of the households. Around 30 such groups went around sensitizing people about the importance and benefits of waste segregation and provided helpful information on effective ways of managing their household Waste. They also carried posters with relevant messages on waste management, 3-R principles etc.

They distributed pamphlets giving information on the need for segregation of waste. Children also gave the information orally and talked to those who weren't practicing the waste segregation. They also got important feedbacks from residents on the practical aspects of the segregation.

Children are going to monitor whether the segregation of waste is effectively practiced by the residents (especially the presence of separate garbage cans for dry and wet waste in each house) for the next one month during their summer vacation.

World Wetlands Day Celebration-2009

On 2nd February, the World Wetland Day was celebrated by Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (Godrej Mangrove Centre) with various programmes.

The day began with a Nature trail in Godrej Mangroves. Forty nature lovers from Environmental Science Department of the Institute of Science, Mumbai participated in Nature trail and were educated about Wetlands and Mangroves, why we need to conserve wetlands and role of youth in Nature conservation etc.

An exhibition based on the theme of Wetland and Mangrove conservation was organized from 11.00 am to 6.30 pm near Pragati Kendra. Apart from Godrej Mangrove Centre, different environmental organizations in Mumbai such as BNHS, WWF & Gangajal Nature Foundation participated in this exhibition.

Newly developed posters by Mangrove Centre (SPGMEC) on Importance of Mangroves, Life in Mangroves, Mangrove Adaptations, Threats to Mangroves and Our role in Mangrove Conservation were formally released during this occasion and the exhibition was inaugurated by the chief guest Mr. Anil Verma. Dignitaries like Mr. Maneck Engineer, Mr. Purvez Gandhi and Mr. Anup Mathew were also present on the occasion.

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Different varieties of mangrove saplings, model of mangrove ecosystem, posters describing types of wetlands, flora and fauna in wetland ecosystem and their conservation value etc were displayed.

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Mangrove club and Nature club members from Udayachal high school performed an action song/dance on climate change and wetlands.

Godrej employees and Udayachal School Children and teachers visited the exhibition. Exhibition was extended by one more day due to huge demand. Information on wetlands and Mangrove conservation was given to visitors by Dr. Maya Mahajan and Hemant Karkhanis of Mangrove section.

In the afternoon a skit on Environmental awareness –‘Chalo Godrej’ was presented by Mangrove club, Nature club of UHS and staff of Mangrove Section.

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A Film on Wetlands  was screened in the assembly hall of UHS. All the students and teachers from classes 5th to 9th  of UHS participated in this program

The program concluded with prize distribution for the winners of different competitions organized by Mangrove Section for Udayachal high school students at the hands of Mrs Binaifer chhogga, Principal, Udayachal primary school.


From Awareness to Action:

Campaign on Segregation of Waste in the Hillside Colony
 
A Clean up- Pirojshanagar (Godrej colonies) Campaign focusing on proper Solid Waste Management practice was undertaken in the month of December 2008 by involving young environmentalists from nature club and mangrove club of Udayachal Highschool who reside in the colony and Cleaning workers (Safai kamgar) in the colony
 
Major objective of the campaign was to spread awareness about importance of segregation of dry and wet waste in the colony.

A brief introduction about the purpose of this campaign was given to Children as well as Workers on 13th December,  a day before the action.

On Sunday, 14th December at 9 am, around 50 enthusiastic children from UHS (including Mangrove club members), 12 volunteers from the colony, and 40 Safai Kamgars (Cleaning Workers) gathered at the Hillside colony ground. Apart from these, several of the enthusiastic colony residents like Dr. Homi Bilimoria, (Sr Citizen), Mr. Sanjeev Pednekar, Mr. Anil Hazare, Mr. Ramesh Bhandarkar, Mr. Ram N Rathor, Mr. Ravindra Walujkar, Ms. Jaysheela teacher  (of UHS), Dr. PR Arun, Dr. Maya Mahajan, Mr. Hemant Karkhanis and few of his nature loving friends from Dombivali, the other staff of Mangrove Section (Mr. Ravi Vajale & Mr. Nitesh Bhowar) also actively participated in the Campaign.

On the outset, importance of segregation of dry and wet waste and the action plan for the day was explained to all participants by Dr. Maya.

Each of the workers was allotted with two children to accompany him/her on their daily routine of Garbage collection from each of the households. Around 40 such groups went around sensitizing people about the importance and benefits of waste segregation and provided helpful information on effective ways of  managing their household Waste. They also carried posters with  relevant messages on waste management and 3-R principles etc.

They  also monitored  whether the segregation of waste is effectively practised by the residents (especially the presence of separate garbage cans for dry and Wet waste in each house) and distribute pamphlets giving information on the need for segregation of waste. Children  also gave the information orally and talked into those who weren't practicing  the waste segregation. They also got important feedbacks from residents on the practical aspects of the seggregation.

Further plan of Action

Children  participated in the campaign were asked to monitor the segregation of waste in  their apartment.  The arrangements are made for the vermicomposting of the wet waste generated in the colony by the Garden department
Similar campaigns are being planned in other colonies of the Township as well in the near future.

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