Tuesday, June 5, 2018

World Environment Day

Greetings to all on World Environment Day, 5th June. On this occasion I forward a heartfelt appeal from one of our volunteers, Ms. Nandhini Sriraaman, Adarsh Palmsprings. Nandhini has been striving for several years to "Beat Plastic Pollution." 

These suggestions are simple, easily done by each one of us but their impact is deep, life changing. 

Dear Friends, 

Today is World Environment Day and India is playing the host with a very pertinent theme 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The world is literally drowning under plastic, thanks to our lifestyle. Indiscreet usage of plastic has spoilt our soil, water, air and ocean, directly and indirectly affecting our health. We all can take these few small steps that make a huge impact to the world around us. We have to stand up to 'Refuse' anything that cannot be reused. 

1. Carry your own reusable bag for shopping. Refuse plastic carry bags. 
2. Carry your own reusable water bottle to avoid disposable water bottles 
3. Avoid decorations using balloons and other single use plastic items during parties and functions. Instead, choose reusable decoratives or flowers. 
4. Avoid single use disposable cutlery for parties and gettogethers. Rent reusable steel cutlery. 
5. Avoid single use straws in your drinks. 
6. Carry reusable drawstring bags to buy grocery.
7. Carry reusable containers while ordering food. Even better would be to dine in.
8. Use reusable menstrual cups, cloth pads and cloth diapers in place of disposable sanitary napkins and diapers.

Let us all pledge to follow these simple steps for the sake of our future generations.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

On our first Fun Saturday at Puttenahalli Lake

The Family Gardening Day for residents on 2nd June saw 10 adults and 8 children at work at Puttenahalli Lake. 

Volunteer Sapana Rawat who led the team had this to say, "We worked for an hour and plucked out the weeds that needed to be removed. Six year old Avni was thrilled to see worms and other insects. She was so focused, she kept looking for Subabul saplings even after we told her that we had taken them all out!" 

Mr. Nag Raj, her father, added, "She got to relish (Singapore) cherries! We look forward to more such events."

The lessons one learns in childhood especially by actually doing it are those that will stay. We hope more children will come for the next Gardening Day on 7th July. The number of participants may seem low but we would rather grow with a small team, keep growing and make the entire neighbourhood rally to nurture the lake.  

Avni learning gardening

Lessons for life

Anusha with dad