1. Vatavaran Rhizome group
In 2020 Vatavaran Rhizome page was created in 2020.
Its first entry was by Jyoti Koul – Leaking Bucket – a reminder for all to look inside to progress on path of life.
The next entry was on 3rd October when the Clean Team of Vasant Kunj celebrated Gandhi; all got new uniforms sponsored by Kailash Foundation. Nodal residents and members of various RWA’s participated.
On 7th October Vincent Van Ross made a meaningful entry on tree plantation. Surjit commented that he wished he were a forest.
On 11th October Adittee posted a clip of one of her sculpture - Dream and desire. Dr. Bhatt loved it, Mahi said she was speechless, Seema said it was a really a gorgeous piece of art, Anuja said it was stunning.
On 12th October Gautam Khendelwal informed that a legal awareness campaign for women working as house help about their legal rights.
On 18th he posted another meaningful message- help a weaver smile again. Help 800 artisans who were left with 87000 meters of unsold naturally dyed woven fabric due to Covid pandemic.
On 3rd December Manjula announced an online presentation by a start up on sustainable packaging.
Mohil Aggarwal reminded that it was the time to stay at birding lodges in Himalayas and be close to nature and watch birds. On 24th January all were invited all to join Conservation Travel community.
Ashita a new member of Canine Pawsitives posted the doghouses she was setting up. Many members appreciated her efforts. Bala Chand ran wanted her to do the same for his dogs. Jagjit Singh invited interested members to get free doghouses, which he was creating, out of cardboard barrels.
In February a visit to the Ashram was made where Dr. Sita Bhambri –one of the voices we hear on Vatavaran website was. Shivani invited the makers and buyers of eco-products to a virtual eco fair.
A project on disposal of surplus medicines was undertaken at Hamilton Court where Dr Bhatt heads the environment group.
Our members give all this while invitations and reports. The page also has quite a bit non-serious stuff but it does bring members close to each other.
Vatavaran Rhizome : https://chat.wh.YSqdLC
2. RESACprjc Group
The group was created on 29 th April 2022 by Priyank and ever since he has been leading and managing it most passionately.
The staff of ASHI working in SAC were the first ones to join the group. It was followed by members of Vatavaran Rhizome fraternity, Pradhan and other selected residents of SAC. Then there was a divulge of youngsters of SAC.
SAC had its first function on international yoga day. Before that beautification of SAC was under taken by the children of SAC under the guidance of Dipto Narayan Chattopadhyay.
On the day of the function the venue displayed posters made by the students of informal educational centers of ASHI on topics as varied as trees, plastics, composting etc. Besides Yoga , street theatre by children trained by Niloy Roy and a hatt of the products woven and unwoven from rags made of by the members of boond se sagar was set.
It’s a very active group. SAC project its vision, mission and wings, activities are constantly discussed at length. Followed by photographs, video clips to share with the ones who are not physically there or wish to know about this model project.
The project has its own logo, website and many many sub groups.
RESACprjc Group : https://chat.wh.5rbyvP3
3. Kapi Kanan Group
This Group was created in April 2021.
Manjula the coordinator was a little too busy in the initial months and could not give time to the project. She was haphazard and casual. She passed on the initial monkey management plans to some influencing residents she knew and some one in administration and never followed it up or informed any one to follow it up.
However, eventually she became more organized and serious about the project and informed the group that she knew VC ADA (Vice Chairman of Ayodhya Development Authority), the Deputy Forest Officer and would discuss the project with them. In Dec 2021 she informed the group that there never has been any authentic study of the population or any behavioral study undertaken but every one talked about the lakhs of monkeys all over Ayodhya.
In July 2022 she asked if she could give the plans to VC ADA and he wished to develop Kapi Kanan in Ayodhya.
In August Priyank created a formal group, created its icon and is the admin since then.
Priyank introduced the project, informed every one Ayodhya Administration, primatologists, animal enthusiasts and residents of the area together work towards creating Kapi Kanan. Manjula sent the plan with the covering letter to the Chief Minister of the state. On 27th August a meeting was fixed with Sh. Vishal Singh the advisor to Chief Minister and Officer in charge of Kapi Kanan, however due to uncontrollable reasons it could not take place.
In the mean time Shri Abhishek Singh Bais a macaque lover and Shri Sitanshu Pandey the Deputy Forest Officer of the area have joined the group and a copy of the plan has been submitted to Shri Vishal Singh.
The group is working on stream lining Kapi Kanan final presentation and is waiting for a physical meeting with Shri Vishal Singh.
Kapi Kanan : https://chat.wh.OIV5kQ
4. Clean Team Group
Though the service started in Vasant Kunj during 90’s a formal whats app page has been created only on 15th December 2022
by Priyank who is also the admin.
The page has the photograph of the 1st team and the recent team. It shows an interview of the supervisor
explaining how the team works.circulars, discussions, querries and generally it’s a platform where every one comes together.
Here is a platform where service providers contribute as much as the residents.
Clean Team Group : https://chat.whatsapp.com/CMWbf4qFf808dyygYNbdFS
Vatavaran’s Public Awareness Campaign
All of us have a right to experience the tranquility and natural ambience of places where no man made sounds pierce the ears, where the air is still fresh, water is still clear, and garbage dumps have not overpowered the natural smells of the seas, the mountains, the pines or the wild flowers. Yet, with this right comes the responsibility of ensuring the safeguard of that environment and the rights of the wild life of that area.
Point Claimer in Tamil Nadu with gulls on the shores, the handsome brown and white kites overhead, egrets on the water edge and flamingoes flapping their wings revealing pink and orange feathers underneath, would be a dream holiday of most of us.
The riot of colour created on the mountains by Rhododendrons at Singba sanctuary in Sikkim is an experience all would like to have. Who would not like to see, the Red Panda in its natural habitat of bamboo forests of Singlala National Park some 50 km from Darjeeling.
Saharan in Himachal Pradesh, 177 kms from Simla has a setting that only the gods could have created. It is the base for Himachal Pradesh finest treks. Far below the valley tumbles river Sutlej. Across lie the snow-covered peaks of Shri Khand. Fields, orchards, small villages, thick forests and fast-flowing streams and presence of Bhimakali temple, would be a paradise for any one getting away from the humdrum of the city life.
Lakshdeep group of islands surrounded by coral reefs, with deep coconut jungles, crystal clear sea and virgin beaches where turtles come to lay eggs on full moon nights is a sight that should be experienced by all. We have 75 National Parks and 421 Sanctuaries covering 140,675.46 Sq.Km. area (about 4.2%) of the total geographic area. Whether it is Manas Sanctuaries of India and Bhutan, Bharat Pur in Rajasthan, Gir National Park of Gujarat, Dhudwa National Park of Uttar Pradesh, Sultanpuri of Haryana or Asola Bhatti Sanctuary of Delhi we have to conserve and respect all life forms and their habitat by being eco-tourist. Here are some suggestions:
Fetch a brief on the ecological characteristics of the region you wish to visit along with do’s and don’ts of viewing wildlife either from your tour operator or tourism department.
Stay at lodges or camps which are designed to harmonize with existing environment. Check that the place you stay in has its own soak ways and septic tanks, so that the sewage and wastewater is not let loose in the open, but to prevent any contamination the soak way and septic tank must not be with in 10m of the water supply system.
To view wildlife prefer ‘hides’ then game drives. All biodegrables must be deposited in a pit dug for this purpose. The pit should be protected so that animals do not fall into the pit. Use phosphate free detergents and see to it that all laundry water passes through the soak way. Bring back all the recyclables if you take packed food stuff along or buy from there.
Use only those battery cells which have long life and are rechargeable thus would not be discarded during travels. Never create noise, air, and water or soil pollution and stop others from doing that. If at the end of your stay, your respect for other life forms has increased then you have become a eco-tourist.
Kaya Kelp SAC/ Sanjay Amar Colony Revitalization Project
Chemical Holi Colors
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|Green||Engine oil +Copper Sulphate||Eye allergy, puffiness and temporary blindness|
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Re-kindle the Original Holi Spirit
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From: The Department of Pediatrics, Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital,
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Vatavaran (NGO- Working on socio-environmental Issues)
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Lets be part of the Change
As suggested by National Geography lets all travel to ‘off the beaten path’ and rejuvenate.
Vatavaran Rhizome Meet this year is from 3rd to 5th March at ‘Vatsalaya’ (www.vatsalya.org) campus.
It is an NGO working on Environment, Employment and Education. It is located 199 kilometers from Gurugram, on Delhi – Jaipur road and is only 20 kilometers from Jaipur in a village called Achrol.
It was started as an orphanage but over time has ventured into multiple
activities in various places of Rajasthan.
Their centers in Ajmer and Udaipur and a startup in solar power generation are commendable.
During our stay at Vatsalaya Campus we will be engaging in many of their voluntary activities in addition to our own detailed provisional program given below.
Chronology of our 2nd Meet
5 th March
The above plan is subject to change and final plan will shared by end of the week before 21st January.
We welcome your suggestions.
Lets be part of the change. Lets add color and life to already impressive
Vatsalaya. May our travel be safe and compassionate
Lets save soil, water, air and us: from Plastic Pollution