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