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How to Stay Cool & safe from Heatwaves

India is expected to experience prolonged heat waves, especially between April and June. The IMD has forecasted heatwave conditions over parts of India for the next two days. Here are some tips to stay cool and safe during the hot summer weather:

Let’s Celebrate Holi in an Eco-Friendly way

Celebrating Holi in an eco-friendly way is a great way to minimize your environmental impact while still enjoying the festival of colours. There are several sustainable ideas you can incorporate into your Holi celebrations, such as using biodegradable or reusable materials, minimizing water usage, and choosing natural and organic products for decorations and activities.

COP28 Key Outcomes

COP28, the 28th annual United Nations (UN) climate conference, took place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023. Some key outcomes from the conference include

How Can Kids contribute in climate action?

You might be wondering, "How can kids help with climate action?" Well, there are several ways for young people to make a difference

Monsoon Mayhem in Himachal Pradesh

The Flash flood and swollen Beas and Parvati rivers brought huge damage and destruction to the districts of Mandi and Kullu. There was a loss of human life, people were injured, livestock was lost, and roads were damaged (state highways, national highways, and link roads). The damage was widespread to public and private property. This photo story captures glimpses of the damage that was caused.

Waste Management system in Sambalpur

In Orissa’s Sambalpur district, the Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has set up a waste management system to treat the waste generated in the district safely. It’s a way of thinking about how we can manage our waste in a more sustainable way and promote a sustainable lifestyle in the urban landscape

Slogan Writing & Painting Competition

The Slogan Writing and Painting Competition on World Environment Day was on June 5, 2023, at the Rukmini Lath Bal Niketan orphanage, Odisha. The theme of the competition was "Beat the Plastic”.

World Environment Day-E-waste Collection Drive

On June 5, 2023, an e-waste collection drive was conducted on the office premises in lieu of World Environment Day to sensitize employees on the effective management of e-waste and equip them with the knowledge and strategies to spread awareness.

Plantation Drive at Rukmini Lath bal Niketan Orphanage, Odisha

On June 5, 2023, a plantation drive was organized with the support of the Forest Department of Odisha at the Rukmini Lath Bal Niketan Orphanage, Sambalpur.

Webinar-Effective management of e-waste

On May 26, 2023, a webinar was held to sensitize teachers on the effective management of e-waste and equip them with the knowledge and strategies to spread awareness among students.

Sustainable Lifestyle

A sustainable lifestyle refers to a way of living that minimizes the negative impact of human activities on the environment while promoting well-being and resilience for current and future generations.

Modhera: India’s first 24x7 solar-powered village

Modhera Solar Village is located in the Mehsana district of Gujarat, India. It is known for its innovative use of solar power for various applications such as irrigation, cooking, and lighting. The village has been transformed into a model solar-powered village, utilizing a mix of off-grid and on-grid solar systems. The village is also a popular tourist destination, with the Modhera Sun Temple, an 11th-century Hindu temple, being one of the main attractions. Overall, the Modhera Solar Village serves as an important example of how renewable energy can be harnessed to transform rural communities and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Nature Walk at Kamla Nehru Zoological Park, Ahmedabad

An engaging nature walk was organized in Pune City on the 19th of March 2023. Around 60 students from community learning centres (CLCs) along with the coordinators took part in it.

Nature Walk at Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune

An engaging nature walk was organized in Pune City on the 17th of February 2023. Around 60 students from six community learning centres CLCs along with the coordinators and some of their parents took part in it.

Nature Walk

An engaging nature walk around the most famous garden of Bangalore City was organized on the 29th of January 2023. Around 60 students from two CLC – Varthur and Bidderhalli along with the coordinators and some of their parents took part in it.

Know Your Waste Campaign

In one of our target cities, Ahmedabad, a waste management campaign was launched from November 21 to November 28. “Know Your Waste” was the session's theme, and it focused on defining the most fundamental distinctions between different sorts of waste, as well as the straightforward methods for treating each type. The eighth-grade kids were chosen as the target group because their curriculum includes lessons on various sorts of garbage. As a result, they already have a basic understanding of them. Students showed up for the sessions and enthusiastically participated in the activities organized throughout the campaign.

Photography campaign

A photography campaign was conducted on-ground across different Community Learning Centers (CLCs) located in Bengaluru, Pune, and Ahmedabad. The campaign was conducted in three sessions in each of the 13 Community Learning centers, with more than 500 school-going children participating in the sessions in the three target cities. The session's theme was "Know Your Surroundings," which was organized to raise awareness about climate change and its impacts on our surroundings among school-going children.

Virtual Quiz Competition

An interactive virtual quiz series was conducted to raise Awareness and Engagement (Climate change awareness by increasing the excitement quotient). The Quiz series is aimed to do the same and intended that children will learn and engage in understanding climate change and its impact on our daily lives. With this knowledge-generating initiative Children will also learn about the adaptive changes, they can inculcate in their lives to deal with the effects of climate change.

Waste to Wonder

Waste to Wonder Park is a theme park in New Delhi which emphasizes on waste management and renewable energy. All 7 wonders of the world have been recreated from scrap material from auto rickshaws, cars, ships, metal fans, rods, nut-bolts, iron sheets etc. A total of 150 tonnes of waste has been used to build up these structures. The Waste to Wonder Park was constructed within a span of six months by five artists, seven supplementary artists and 70 welders. Even the washrooms in the park are built from old ship containers.

Heatwaves in Delhi

June is the peak of the summer season, and Delhi is bearing the full brunt of the heatwaves. Temperatures have regularly crossed 47 degrees celsius. Parts of Yamuna have dried up ,and citizens are finding ways to battle this brutal onslaught of heat.

_VOIS PLANET Initiatives: Painting competition

_VOIS Planet conducted a painting competition on 13 February 2022 on the theme, 'Clean & Green City of my Dreams' to encourage the spirit of environmentalism among school children and youth.Children between the age group of 5-18 participated in the competition. _VOIS Planet received 450 entries on how the students visualised the problem of pollution and envisaged solutions for their cities.Here, we showcase the top ten paintings that won praise from the judges for artistic creativity and understanding about environment. We hope that such events will strengthen the sense of dedication towards environment among the children as they grow up into responsible adults.

Photo Story on Budapest

In August 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, residents in Budapest received a letter on their doorstep. The city council had asked for help. The letter asked the citizens to register for Hungary's first citizen assembly. The purpose of the assembly was to narrow down the topic of climate change and ask the stakeholders' opinions on how to fight it. In the end, the assembly drafted a set of recommendations which served as the basis of the final climate strategy that the government implemented in February 2021.

Alexandria Flood mitigation action project

Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city and has a long history of coastal and flash flooding. But, the rising temperature in recent years has brought frequent and severe storms to the city. The government has initiated a flood action project to mitigate the impacts of floods in the city.

Yamuna - Delhi's Dying River

The Yamuna River originates from the Yamunotri glacier, cuts through the pristine valleys of Himalayas to enter into the lowlands of North India. The crystal-clear water turns pitch black after it enters Delhi. There are more than 18 drains that dump untreated sewage and industrial waste in the river; the toxicity levels have increased so much that marine life is practically non-existent. The communities whose livelihood is dependent on the river, suffer both physically and financially. The difficulties of low income are compounded by the diseases caused by constant exposure to toxic water. The Delhi Government has planned to expand its sewage treatment capacity to drastically reduce the pollutants that are directly dumped in the river.

_VOIS PLANET Initiatives: Painting competition

_VOIS Planet conducted a painting competition with the theme of “Clean & Green city of my dreams” with an intent to encourage people, specifically school children and youth to take proactive actions in promoting sustainable lifestyles and creating a positive impact on the environmental ecosystem in their surroundings and evoke a sense of responsibility about the significance of protecting the environment.

Community Learning Centres (CLCs) at Pune, Ahmedabad & Bengaluru

Community learning centres have been established in the respective cities to plan, implement and monitor relevant actions and contribute towards achieving a better future together. CLC’s successfully helped in forming an effective environment committee, spread awareness among citizens, planned plantation drives, and reused waste materials in the plantation activity.

Environmental Activities under e-Vidya for Brighter Future Program

e-Vidya for Brighter Future Program being practised at 80 Govt. schools of Pune, Ahemdabad & Bangalore to create an activity-based & smart learning environment to safeguard the environment by making students aware and active future citizens in building and maintaining a healthy and green living environment.

Catastrophic flash floods in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra District

Flash floods on 12th July, 2021 in Himachal's Kangra district resulted into loss of human lives and livestock. It caused heavy damage to public and private infrastructure. Below are some of the glimpses of destruction, and post flood reconstruction work.