We kickstarted our very first Plantation Drive at Taloja Hill Watershed, Kharghar with our Project Partner iNaturewatch Foundation. Volunteers flock to the Taloja Hills for Afforestation. Marching uphill along with the coconut shell-line paths, volunteers planted the saplings of Asan, Babool, and Jamun into the pre-dug pits and trenches with the help of gardening tools provided to them priorly.
As a knowledge for the project "Development of Ambivli Biodiversity Park", we with our Project Partner iNaturewatch Foundation, kickstarted our Plantation Drive at Ambivli, KDMC, Thane with the help of KDMC Commissioner Dr Vijay Suryavanshi.
Clean-up Drive Event
With our Project Partner iNaturewatch Foundation, we organised a Clean-up Drive Event at Achari Kunta Lake, Hyderabad on the occasion of World Environment Day with the help of the Prahari Trust. Volunteers did an excellent job by cleaning up the surroundings of the lake that was polluted with plastic and other solid waste. Waste collected from the lake was nearly 12 bags of large trash-collecting bags with each bag carrying nearly 15 kgs of solid and plastic waste.
Seed Dibbling Event
With our Project Partner iNaturewatch Foundation, we organised a Seed Dibbling Event at Taloja Hill, Kharghar on the occasion of World Environment Day with the help of the Panvel Forest Department. Volunteers enthusiastically planted seeds of the Karanj / Pongam tree along the stream that flows down the hill.
Tree Tagging and Counting Event
With our Project Partner iNaturewatch Foundation, we organised a Tree Tagging and Counting event at SGNP, Mulund Range on the occasion of World Environment Day with the help of the Borivli Forest Department. Volunteers did an amazing job by counting the number of trees present in each plot and tagging them accordingly.
We organised a delayed celebration of World Forestry Day which falls on 21 March. We planned a nature action programme at our project site in Taloja. Volunteers actively participated in this event and pledge their support for nature conservation.
The following activities that were conducted are as follows:
1. Seed collection drive for forest nursery
2. Summer Bird Census
3. Nature Trail Development
4. Nature Trail Mapping
5. Preparing Sapling Bags
6. Summer Insect census
We conducted a virtual Masterclass on Making Bird Feeders- Helping City Birds, for the employees of TATA-AIG on 17 March 2021. During the session participants learned about the common garden birds which are observed in the city, how to observe them, what they eat, etc. The presentation was followed by a demonstration on making a bird feeder by recycling a pet bottle. Participants made their own bird feeder during the demonstration session. The programme was concluded with a question answer round and discusion about the World Sparrow Day.
We conducted a virtual workshop on Green Lifestyles for over 100 employees of TCL Communication in collaboration with Goodera . We shared tips on saving natural resources for betterment of people & planet. We believe when it comes to natural resources our lifestyle & status doesn’t matter what matters whether Mother Earth can afford our lifestyle and what is her status. The participants calculate their individual carbon foot print as well handprint to understand how much they are taking from nature and how little they are returning it back. As a handson activity, we demonstrated making of a cloth bag out of old clothes without sewing. Participants responded by saying that it was a memory lane walk as most us remember reusing, recycling items during their childhood, the focus was lost as we became prolific consumer.
Over 80 employees of Tata Communications through their digital academy helped in developing powerpoint lesson plans for teachers. These lesson plans were related to environmental topics. The PPTs are available online for free download.
During our periodic survey we sighted Spiny Frog Shell which was first time recorded at our project site. Frog shells are distinguished from others in having a tube like cut at the opening.They assume many shapes and coarsely ornamented with thick ribs, knobs and warty lumps; which gives them the name frog shells. We found a hermit crab using this broken shell which indicated the crab must be large too. Our shell expert advises always to take two sides of the shell for correct identification.
DIY Dog Sweater: Celebrating #animalwelfarefortnight , today we conducted a unique virtual volunteering programme for @wearegoodera client @netappindia. The employees upcycled an old sweater to make a dog sweater for the stray dogs of their locality. Some planned to donate such sweaters to animal shelters or organisations working for animal welfare.
Virtual Shore Walk to Chimbai Beach: We conducted two sessions for students of Singhania School in collaboration with @unitedwaymumbai . The sessions were attended by 704 students. The children were thrilled to learn about the lesser known species.