On 2nd October, boosted by our Pontiff’s Laudato Si, Diocese Green Initiative and Gandhi Jayanti, the Andrean Civic & Political Cell hosted the Andrean Green Utsav. A beginning to our parish’s commitment to the environment and an introduction for parishioners to live healthier, greener lives.

70 years before the ideas of waste management, Mahatma Gandhi was already propagating these ideas through his actions, which influence us today.

Green enthusiast, Fr. Savio Silveira SDB initiated the Utsav on a strong note on how working for the environment is not about the environment, but making human life comfortable. We require the environment to remain intact, to live comfortably. Maharashtra produces 3000 million litres of sewage every day and 1200 tons of e-waste annually from individual homes. How can we preserve the environment?

Initiatives at the home and community level are the answer. Our very own D’Monte Park community has transformed a dilapidated patch of earth into a flourishing neighbourhood farm called ‘Dream Grove’ (www.facebook.com/dreamgrovebandra). Join them every Sunday 5-6pm to share and learn about living healthier.

Everyone can contribute in their own way. Pick three things from our green bingo challenge below and do it for a month.

Take a shower in 5 mins Consume less packaged foods Use reusable items
Use efficient lighting Plant more trees Do not use plastic wrap
Keep indoor plants to improve air Do not use plastic bags Use paper bags instead of gift wrap
Consume local foods Carry your own water bottle Use cloth bags
Do not use foil wrap Do not drink juice or aerated drinks Do not use the geyser
Cycle when you can Do not use single-use items Grow your own veggies

By Esther Fernandes