Waste Management : Part 2 : Recycle

September 24, 2020 by Pooja

Best Out of Waste : Handbag made up of old cloths

Hello Friends,

Today wanted to share my recent work on “Waste Management #Recycling” – Part 2

Recycling is major step to reduce trash and reduce pollution as well.

I have tried my way to explain how we can do it at individual level and go for it.

#Recycling: Prepared Handbag/Sling bag using old jeans

>> Material used: Old jeans, leggings, Top, zip and earrings

>> Total efforts: 7 hours

>> Speciality : Hand sewed

Few catchy slogans on recycling that I liked:

  • The choice is yours- Save it or Waste it.
  • Don’t be trashy, recycle
  • Eat, Sleep and Recycle.
  • Recycle takes little effort on your part, for a big difference to our world
  • Save paper, save trees, save the planet
  • Recycle your trash or trash your earth
  • Think globally, act locally!
  • Think outside the trash…Recycle!

#GLO Fellowship #Reduce #Reuse #Recycle #EFI

Human-Wildlife Conflict

September 23, 2020 by Poonam

Hello Green Brigadiers,

I hope all of you are going green and clean…

So today I am going to bring to your attention, about the life of animals in the concrete jungles created by humans. We all know that constant increase in human encroachment has devastated the natural habitat of animals, living them homeless.. 🙁

Well, we all might have heard or seen about various animals dying in road accidents while crossing roads or livestock transfer or when they enter human habitat people do kill them out of fear instead of taking right action.

We see an increasing number of livestocks being transported every day on Indian highways, some driven for laboratory work, some as meat products while some as pets. In India, many road accidents happen daily and many animals deaths are also recorded along with humans.

Also, during livestock transfer animals like chickens, buffalos, ducks, goats and pigs are plied in small carriages so congested that the sight you see is simply terrifying. They are not given food and water and made to stand for hours in their carriers.

Government has enforced various rules for livestock transport which it seems are not followed, like –

  • Ministry of Road and Transport states vehicles used for animal transport shouldn’t be used for other uses
  • According to the eleventh amendment of the Central Motor Vehicles rules, all the vehicles for transporting animals by road should have certain partitions for loading the animals, this came into effect on January 1, 2016. 2 sq m for buffaloes and cows, 2.25 sq m for horses, 0.6 sq m for pigs, 40 sq cm for poultry and 0.3 sq m for sheep and goats.

Let me highlight some of accidents numbers –

  • According to the road minister of Uttar Pradesh, there have been at least 1,865 roadkill cases between 2012 to 2014 followed by Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The national highway NH-69 and NH-7 that connects Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh also face road killings. There was news that says that the spotted deer have often been the victim of colliding with the vehicles in between the afore mentioned highways.
  • According to DNA, in the year 2015, the National Highways Authority of India faced a battle in the court for expanding the NH-7 that involves in widening the Kanha-Pench tiger corridor and the National Green Tribunal.
  • As per the survey made by Hindustan Times, the years between 2012 to 2017 witnessed the roadkill deaths of about 40% of only leopards.
  • As per the data collected by the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) on the deaths of animals all over India, there are 671 animals killed between 2012 to 2017.
  • Most being through road accidents where around 256 out of 431 were leopards followed by elephants. India also faced animal hit by trains, the most vulnerable animals are the elephants, about 95 died in train accidents between 2012 and 2017.

Preventive measures being worked upon by State Government –

There has been a rapid development of roads and cities in India over the years creating smooth roads. But thinking for the safety of animals, there have been multiple speed breaks and caution sign boards put up on every turn in areas that traverse the state highways and animal reserves to reduce road kills. In terms of elephants, in Assam, bio-fences are set up replacing the electric fences to keep the animals away from the railway tracks. And in addition, to rescue the injured animals on the roadways, a newly launched Android app, ‘Roadkills’ enables a user to record information and geotagged photos of the diseased. This mobile-based app is supported by Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT).

We as individual can act more responsibly towards animals like –

  • check on speed limit on roads while driving
  • call emergency helplines for animals as given by PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals – largest animal rights organization in world)  or we can check for latest helpline numbers on internet
  • We can do the first aid to them if possible
  • We can keep ready local helpline contacts
  • We can volunteer in animal care center to learn the first aid options for animals, also learn more about their behavior etc. Well in PUNE we have RESQ – Animal care where our Cognizant conducts volunteering events.

Friends, we need to keep check on our activities, so that we don’t harm animals and can leave with them in harmony..!!!

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