Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan in Bangalore

Swachh Mandir Cleanliness is godliness and temples in Bangalore are ensuring temples and that their surroundings are clean with their Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan. Banashankari temple is one of many in the city to have adopted Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan. These temples come under the department of religious and charitable endowments or Muzrai.

Boards have been installed to educate visitors on cleanliness; they tell visitors where dustbins are located. Those who don’t dump waste at the designated place or carrying a plastic bag into the premises will be fined.

A waste audit of 40 temples in the city found they generate around 5,600 kg of waste every week. All 70 temples un der the muzrai department will undertake the waste management exercise in the coming days. The department will extend the campaign to all its 34,000 temples in the state. The department has tied up with BBMP to dispose of dry waste at recycling units.

Source: TOI

Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

No Politics Clean IndiaOn the day of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji and Lal Bahadur Shastriji, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his nationwide cleanliness campaign, the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ or ‘Clean India Campaign’ from the Valmiki Basti in New Delhi.

After paying tribute at the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Modi himself swept a pavement at Valmiki Basti, a colony of sanitation workers before the formal launch of the ‘Clean India’ drive at Rajpath.

Modi Said “Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of the ‘safaai kaamgar’, it is the responsibility of 125 crore Indians. If Indians can reach Mars at a cheap cost, can we not clean our neighbourhoods?”

Thanking the media for supporting this campaign, he said, “I know people will criticise me in the next few days, but to clean India I am ready to face the criticism.”

Modi asked people to take pictures of areas where they saw garbage, then clean the area and take pictures of the clean area. He asked people to upload these images on social media using MyGov, a mobile application.

He added, “I have also started a social media campaign, I have invited nine people to post pictures of them cleaning and they will invite another nine people. It includes Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan, Yoga guru Ramdev baba and a team of Tarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah.”

Source: DNA INDIA-Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Clean India is responsibility of all 1.25 billion Indians, says PM Narendra Modi

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Gubbi Goodu an Awareness about Sparrow Conservation

Gubbi Goodu is a campaign to step up awareness on the humble but ubiquitous sparrow and thus to increase their dwindling population in the city. Sparrows, which have been an intricate part of the city’s environment, are now practically unseen owing to urban development eating up their nesting space.

Bangalore, which was once a haven for sparrows, with its shrubs and bushes, typical nesting spaces for these little birds, is increasingly being stripped off its green cover. Additionally, man-made threats such as the rising numbers of mobile phone towers and microwave pollution, pollution, noise and electric wires have made the sparrow’s survival all the more difficult.

The Gubbi Goodu effort is expected to invite them back and help them nurture more offspring.  Gubbi Goodu started by BCIL-Zed Foundation and Zoo Authority of Karnataka will distribute ten thousand sparrow houses to be to the citizens of Bangalore.

An e-book will be made available to those who take these bird houses in order to help them understand how to nurture sparrows. Hariharan Chandrasekhar, Chairman of BCIL Zed says, “We strongly believe that a lot can be done at an individual level to save Mother Earth and her many wonderful creations. We are particular about sparrows because their disappearance has a direct bearing on the degraded environment we are living in. In fact, in the UK, real estate value is high in places where bird population is high – a true indicator of healthy environment.”

He further adds, “The sparrow homes can be set-up in balconies, verandahs, hang it down from pergolas, or even put it up on a tree. One could also place inside the sparrow home, a bird bath or a bowl of water, or even a little unsalted cooked rice. Apart from giving away bird houses, we also plan to distribute flowering and fruiting shrubs, seed balls, and a small packet of grains. If the response is good, the number of sparrow homes will be raised to one million sparrow homes in the next one year.”

M N Jayakumar, Additional Chief Conservator of Forests, says “The house sparrow was one of the most abundantly found birds in the world.  Common birds like the sparrow are bio-indicators of our ecosystem and the rapid decline of house sparrows in our neighborhood are indicators that we have become insensitive to the environment. Rapid urbanization, concrete homes replacing the conventional homes, excessive use of pesticides and no proper place for nesting has contributed to the decline of the sparrow population.”

Coinciding with the World House Sparrow Day celebrated every year on March 20, BCIL-ZED Foundation and Zoo Authority of Karnataka have joined hands to launch the ‘Gubi Goodu’, a campaign to step up awareness on the humble but ubiquitous sparrow and thus to increase their dwindling population in Bangalore. BCIL has set up a helpline – 84318 48224 and site gubbigoodu.in

Source: mybangalore.com

Save our tiger-Social campaign launched by Aircel

Aircel “Save Our Tiger” is the latest campaign where it intends to draw attention towards dwindling numbers of tigers across the planet and bring forward the seriousness of losing tigers from our planet.It has also created a platform where people can donate money to NGOs working relentlessly for the cause. Aircel is one of leading mobile phone service providers in India.

Apart from TV and print advertising it has launched a website http://www.saveourtigers.com which will be instrumental in propagating and disseminating information about saving tiger. It urges people to be informed and create buzz across all forums like blogging, writing on facebook, twitter and writing letters to the editors of newspapers.

Tiger, the national animal of India,is on the verge of extinction and if serious efforts are not undertaken Tigers will only reside in our history books.From around 40,000 at the turn of the last century, there are just 1411 tigers left in India.

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Eating meat is directly responsible for global warming

There are many human activities that contribute to global warming. Among the biggest contributors are electrical generation, the use of passenger and other vehicles, over-consumption, international shipping, deforestation, smoking and militarism.

According to Inter-Governmental Committee on Climate Change eating meat is directly responsible for global warming.

There is a strong link between human diet and methane emissions from livestock. Changing one’s eating habits from the Standard American Diet to a vegetarian diet does more to fight global warming than switching from a gas guzzling SUV to a fuel-efficient hybrid car.

Cattle farming, also called animal agriculture, is primarily done to meet the demands of the meat-eating population. It not only leads to deforestation, these animals also liberate methane. The production of methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide in causing global warming. One farm houses about 15,000 cattle. While a vegetarian uses one unit (requirement for livelihood like food and water) of earth, a non-vegetarian uses 1.4 units of the earth. Thus, a non vegetarian is exploiting the earth’s resources.

Dr Kalyan Gangwal, founder president of Sarva Jeeva Mangal Pratisthan Said “Diet has a direct relation with global warming. Shifting away from SUVs and SUV-style diets, to more energy-efficient alternatives is key to fighting the warming trend.” According to him, one cannot call themselves environmentalists who are non vegetarian.  He stressed that his propagating of vegetarianism is based on scientific facts. According to him, that observing for a day (World Meatless ad Animal Rights Day) on November 25 will not do, one should cut down the meat intake.

If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do.Global warming may be the most serious global social problem threatening life on Earth. We need to fight global warming on the governmental and corporate levels, and we also need to fight global warming on the everyday and personal levels.