Joins hands with Western Railway and American Centre
Mumbai: 5th June: World Environment Day is here and BNHS is all set to use this occasion to further the cause of conservation through public awareness. Mumbaikars visiting the Churchgate Station from 5th to 7th June can expect an interesting mix of education and entertainment that aims to bring them closer to nature. The 3-day exhibition under the theme “Green Economy” was inaugurated today morning by the Chief Guest Shri GS Banerjee, Chief Commercial Manager, Western Railways. The theme has been aptly chosen since this year has been declared by the United Nations as the year of “Green Economy”. The event has been sponsored by the American Centre of US Consulate General, Mumbai and supported by Western Railways.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Banerjee urged Mumbaikars to lead a more eco-friendly life. Mr Homi Khusrokhan, President, BNHS; Dr Asad Rahmani, Director, BNHS and Mr Michael Mullins, Acting Counsel General, US Consulate, Mumbai were also present on the occasion and emphasized the important role played by public awareness and education in moving towards a greener tomorrow. The three days of the exhibition will also include various side events such as environment quiz, kitchen gardening workshop, face painting workshop for children and myriad other activities. The exhibition and other events are supported by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), E-incarnation and Hanjra Biotechnology. Moreover, the large volunteer force has been provided by Standard Chartered Bank.
The aim of the exhibition is to create awareness among Mumbaikars about the importance of leading an eco-friendly lifestyle in the true sense and integrating biodiversity with businesses. Last year, the exhibitions held at Churchgate and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus were visited by 12,000 people and witnessed a total of 7,529 online pledges. Judging by the response on the morning of the first day, this year too people from different walks of life are expected to visit the exhibition in large numbers.
Venue: Churchgate Station (close to the ticket counter)
Dates: 5-7 June 2012
Time: Every day 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
What can you expect at the Exhibition?
The exhibition has three components. The first component is a guided tour, where trained instructors from BNHS give information to all visitors. The 15-panel bi-lingual exhibition in English and Marathi includes the following themes. The visitors will receive free take-away material such as eco-calendar bookmark, energy conservation booklet and e-waste flyer.
- Is Mumbai a Green City?
- How much are Nature’s Services Worth?
- Ecosystem Taxes will be applicable?
- Will we have sufficient food for future?
- Invest in Nature for Future Gains
- Tourism for people, profit and planet
- A-Z to become Green Mumbaikar
- Are you part of Green Economy?
- What is your ecological footprint?
10. Biodiversity and Business together make green economy
11. Forests are the ‘hard disks’ of nature
12. How long our Oceans will feed us?
13. How to solve the Energy issue?
14. Will we ‘run out’ of water?
15. What a waste?!
The second component is an Online Green Pledge, which has been facilitated by a hub-station of five laptops and a large LED screen. Here visitors are asked to pledge on the following five issues. The LED screen will display small interesting videos and documentaries along with an animated green pledge appeal.
- I will buy minimally packaged products
- I will find out what my establishment is doing to protect environment
- I will report environmental destruction to local media
- I will make financial investments in companies that do not harm the environment
- I will buy recycled products wherever possible
The third component is the Eco-Fun Zone. During the lazy afternoons, the exhibition converts into an Eco-Fun Zone wherein a series of mini workshops and interactive activities for children and adults are conducted. These include workshops on Composting and Kitchen Gardening, E-waste Recycling, Energy Audit, Green Careers and GM Crops and interactive activities such as Quiz, Trash Buster game and Face Painting. Interesting prizes will be given away to the winning teams. Signing up for these interesting activities is absolutely FREE and can be done at the venue of the exhibition.
Calendar of Events @ Eco-Fun Zone
1.00-1.30 p.m.: Hazards of GM Crops by Tejal V, Nurturing Grounds
1.30 p.m.- 2.30 p.m. : Kaun Banega Environmentalist? An environment quiz
2.30 p.m.- 3.00 p.m. : Learn energy audit of your homes by Mr. V. Rao, PCRA
3.00 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. : Face Painting
1.00 p.m.- 2.00 p.m.: Tips on Kitchen Gardening and Composting by Julius Rego
2.00 p.m.- 3.00 p.m. : Kaun Banega Biologist? A wildlife quiz
3.00 p.m.- 3.30 p.m. : Face painting
3.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m.: Trash Buster Online game by Hanjra Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd.
1.00 p.m.- 1.30 p.m.: How to recycle E-waste? by E-incarnation
1.30 p.m.- 2.30 p.m.: Kaun Banega Green Mumbaikar? Quiz on Mumbai’s biodiversity
2.30 p.m.- 3.30 p.m. : Face Painting
3.30 p.m.- 4.00 p.m. : Counseling on Green Careers by Dr. Parvish Pandya, Bhavans College
Visit the exhibition for eye-opening facts on biodiversity and conservation and learn tips on making your lifestyle and your business eco-friendly.
--- Atul Sathe, Public Relations Officer, BNHS