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For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
The SWM Plant soon after the construction in June 2016
Yesterday, I got the real taste of ‘the spirit of Mumbai’. Most often this phrase is associated to events when there is a mishap and the next day people travel as usual to their workplace or continue with their chores. Do you really call this as spirit?
Yesterday, Saturday the 30th of March 2019, from 4:30 pm at Marine Drive, people from all walks of life and all parts of Mumbai started gathering and holding hands with each other forming a Human Chain. I met doctors, fisher folks, school children, tribal folk, animators, garbage collectors, managers, teachers, government officials, lawyers, media professionals, college goers, scientists, celebs, environmentalists, artists, drivers and many many more. Even really sweet little angels were part of this Human Chain. Why were they all here? Not for spending their weekends at Chowpaati of course. They were all here to stand for the ‘Ecology of Mumbai’ which is been under attack from multiple directions in last 3-4 years. There were around 1500 people out there for nothing but ‘Environment’. This is the real ‘Spirit of Mumbai’!
I had been on a trekking trip to Srikhola, in Darjeeling, when I was 12. Around 60 of us were taught to collect all the plastic waste we generated and store them in a bag, instead of throwing them everywhere. The mountains are precious – like you and me – we were told. This practice stayed with me ever since and I wanted to know more ways about how to curb the growing menace that waste is.
Two weeks back, I took my first steps towards understanding the nuances of waste segregation and the innumerable ways in which WE can curb the problem. The Saahas NGO team visited one of their project sites near Puttenhalli Lake, in Bengaluru. The team had distributed big blue bags a week earlier to all households, for storing dry (non-biodegradable) waste in them. A week after, Divya, the CEO, decided to accompany the collection team and interact one-on-one with the locals for an impromptu door-to-door awareness campaign. There’s a low-income settlement bordering the lake and they have been dumping their waste in and around the lake as the collection of waste is irregular their area. This is, in turn, affecting the eco-system, resulting in an unhygienic settlement. What I experienced next, is going to be a part of me forever.
Congratulations to Saahas for being the national torch-bearers!
Sahaas bagged the first prize in the 3R Excellence Awards for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the National Level Category, at the 8th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific. This award has been given for exemplary work in the area of Waste Management through 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). The award was presented at the 8th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific held from 9 to 12 April 2018, in the cleanest city of India, Indore. The 3R Awards organised jointly by MoHUA, Ministry of Environment, Japan, and the Nations Centre for Regional Development commemorates exceptional work in waste management across the country. We are glad to announce that Saahas has emerged as the winner for its inspiring work in Bangalore, Hubballi, Ballari, Chennai, and Gurugram.