“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
In continuation of our Greenathon Campaign in Dwarka, we did plantation of 60+ saplings on Golf Link road towards IP University along with DXR (Dwarka Xpress Runners Group) and We Mean to Clean (WMTC)Group . WMC prepared all these saplings with volunteer support in Janakpuri Area.
We planted native trees such as peepal, neem, amaltas, pilkhan, baheda, jamun etc. yesterday at Dwarka.
Climate Crisis is real. It is seen recently in Germany ,faced with flood. So let’s plant more trees to save the environment.
For any such plantation drive, feel free to reach Rise Foundation at 9717096635
India has a very high volume of child trafficking. As many as one child disappears every eight minutes, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Around 12,000 and 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the country annually from neighbouring nations as a part of the sex trade & almost 300,000 child beggars are in India.Do you know the reasons – #Poverty#LackofEducation#NoBirthRecords#humanitariandisasters#IneffectiveLegislation#LackofEnforcement & many more That’s why Anti Child Trafficking Bill is must to save our children.
Since the first lockdown, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation’s sister organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan has collaborated with law-enforcement agencies to rescue approximately 9000 children and the arrest of 302 traffickers from trains, buses and factories from across the entire country. Children have thus become the biggest victim of the pandemic with the trafficking of children rising exponentially of late.
The passage of the Bill will be fulfilment of the demand of 12 Lakh Indians who marched across 22 states and 12,000 kms demanding a strong law against trafficking along with Shri Satyarthi in 2017.
“A strong anti-trafficking law is the moral and constitutional responsibility of our elected leaders, and a necessary step toward nation-building and economic progress. As long as children are bought and sold at lesser cost than cattle, no country can call itself civilised. COVID-19 has caused a rise in trafficking, especially of women and children. We cannot take this lightly. A law for prevention, timely investigation, punishment for traffickers, and the protection and rehabilitation of survivors is a matter of urgency. I call on all parliamentarians to pass a strong & comprehensive anti-trafficking law in the upcoming session of Parliament. Our children, their freedom and dignity cannot wait,” Shri Satyarthi observed.
The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021 being introduced by the Centre addresses various aspects of trafficking – including prevention, combating the crime including re-trafficking, designating agencies for investigation, special courts for trial, rehabilitation of victims, very effectively and comprehensively and will become a landmark in dealing with this complex crime.
Shri Satyarthi has appealed to all MPs to help wipe out this scourge of human trafficking from our society and make a strong contribution towards the progress of our nation.
Composting is nature’s or natural process of recycling. Composting biodegrades organic waste into a rich and organic substance called “compost”. Composting is done by billions of microbes (bacteria, fungi etc..) that digest the kitchen waste and turn into compost.
I personally do not like to waste my kitchen waste and find satisfaction and happiness in converting my kitchen waste into manure. I use that organic manure for my small organic kitchen garden. By composting we can reduce the amount of garbage we needlessly send to the landfills for disposal. It keeps our city clean, preserves the soil, prevents air pollution and make this earth a better place to live. Nearly 60% or more of the daily waste generated in our households is made up of organic matter which can be easily converted into compost. Today I am sharing with you a way to compost at home or how to make organic manure from kitchen waste all of which I am doing on a regular basis using terracotta home composter.
Segregate your household waste
The first step to composting is segregation of waste at home.
I have two dustbins in my home. One is for kitchen waste (vegetable, fruit scraps, peels, egg shells, coffee grounds etc and other organic matters). The other one is for toxic waste (glass, plastic, medicines, wrappers, used batteries etc).
I recycle newspapers, milk covers, plastic cans and glass bottles either thru recycler or raddiwala or in get used in other projects like making ecobricks or growbags for sapling.
Tips – You can have green color dustbin for organic waste and red one for toxic waste.
What to compost? How should I compost ? As we have seen earlier that composting is done by billions of microbes (bacteria, fungi etc..) that digest the kitchen waste and turn into compost. These composting microorganisms, require the correct proportion of Carbon and Nitrogen for it to do its work. Effective composting can be made with equal parts GREENS and BROWNS. Now let us move to what is GREENS and BROWNS?
Green matter = High nitrogen
Vegetable and fruit peels and scraps (except citrus fruits) , Coffee grounds (it is brown in color but rich in nitrogen), Tea bags,Flowers,Grass clippings,Egg shells (has to be crushed before adding), Cooked food (sometimes as it decays and gives a bad odour, so it is best to avoid adding it. )
Brown matter = High carbon
Dry leaves,Saw dust,Small wood chips,Straw or hay,Wood ash, Cocopeat, Shredded packaging brown paper, Shredded paper
What not to add
Meat, bones as it attracts rats and smells badly,Pet waste,Batteries,Diseased plants,Medicines,Plastic bags
Composting Using Caterpillar Terracotta Home Composter
I am using this Composter promoted by Rise Foundation (it comes in different shapes and size) which comes with ready made holes and also it can be stacked and placed in a shady corner in my staircase. It should be kept in the shade and should be protected from rain. You can cover it with a plastic sheet in case of heavy rain.
It comes in 3 units which can be stacked one on top of the other. Unit A, Unit B, Unit C and a lid. All units are same and can be placed in any position for easy handling. But I marked with A,B,C to give clarity on usage.
First step is preparing your composter
Place a paper or newspaper in unit A to cover the base. This is helpful to absorb any access wetness from your kitchen waste and help not to drop any waste from top units to below units.
Then layer with dry cocopeat provided along with DIY Kit.
The add your organic kitchen waste. If time permits, you can shred it into smaller pieces and add as it will fasten the process of composting.
Cover it with cocopeat or saw dust or dry leaves. We will call this “Pile”. Every time you add your kitchen waste (greens), you have to cover it with cocopeat or dry leaves or saw dust (browns). Waste should not be visible. Then cover it with a newspaper (to prevent flies) and close it with a lid.
Give it a good mix using a small rake (provided along with DIY Kit) twice a week for good aeration. Add a organic compost (provided along with DIY Kit) little buttermilk or semi composted material to start off the decomposition process – all these are accelerators, which add millions of bacteria to fasten the decomposition of waste.
Check the moisture level every time, you mix the pile. Sprinkle a little water and mix well, if the pile is dry. Add more BROWNS, if it is wet or soggy and mix well.
Once Unit A is full, shift Unit A to the middle and bring Unit B to the top.
Start filling Unit B & C – follow the same process above.
When the unit C is filled and unit A material has already passed 30 days – Compost is ready in unit A, else you need to empty the substance from Unit A to some other container to give few more days to ready Organic compost.
It will take 30-45 days to fully compost depending on the temperature.
Once compost in Unit A is done, sieve it and use it. You can add the remains back to the composter.
A fully done compost is dark brown and smells like earth. All your organic waste is converted into nutritious manure for plants. I call this the “black gold” which I use for my kitchen garden.
MAINTENANCE FOR ANY COMPOST BIN or KAMBHA
I am practicing above method of composting successfully. Whatever your method of composting, the same rule applies for composting. Read below –
Microbes need 2 kinds of food to do their work. Green and Browns Every time you add kitchen waste (greens), you should cover it with cocopeat or dry leaves or saw dust (browns). There should be an equal mix of green matter- (nitrogen) and brown matter (carbon) for the microorganisms to their work.
Proper aeration is ensured by turning or mixing the pile at regular intervals.
Check the moisture level every time you mix the pile. If the pile is too dry, decomposition will not take place. Sprinkle needed water and mix the pile well evenly. If it is too wet, the pile will have lot of maggots and also the pile will stink. So maintaining the correct moisture level is important.
Tips for faster decomposition The smaller the pieces, the faster the decomposition. So if I find time, I will shred the vegetable and fruit scraps into smaller pieces and add to the bin. Add a Organic compost or little buttermilk or semi composted material or even a little cow dung to start off the decomposition process.
Use the organic manure/fertilizer for your plants. Let us not waste our kitchen waste and let us contribute in small ways towards reducing landfill waste, preventing air pollution and preserving the natural landscape and make this earth a safe and happy place to live.
If you are facing too much problem of Maggots add Chilli powder to your pile else these maggots are good for composting and they died by themselves in the pile. You can apply following solution to get rid of the maniac of these maggots.
“I put a tub below the composter to trap the maggots and larva escaped from the composter and roaming here and there…. It works well” shared by one of the user – Mr. Devesh from Dwarka.
If you are facing too much problem of Fruit Flies/Ants add turmeric powder.
This information is provided by Ms Madhuri Varshney -She is doing home composting for more than 10 years using various ways. She can be reached thru firstname.lastname@example.org
In city like Delhi or any other Metro cities there is scarcity of space for green areas similar to lush green or forests in rural or semi rural or mountain areas. These forests are useful to create harmony as well as the biodiversity is rich source of knowledge for people living near to them.Loss in green cover and increased concretisation in urban areas has led to cities becoming ‘urban heat islands’, which pose significant threats to not just human populations but also contribute to global climate change.
Considering the same, we are developing and promoting to develop such lush green Urban forests near Delhi -NCR. Recently, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). On his social media , he mentioned ” Visited ‘Miyawaki Garden’ developed by the residents of Brahma Society in Dwarka, New Delhi today morning! Interacted with Society office bearers who explained how rare birds have started visiting their garden!An interesting initiative worth replication in Gov premises!”
We look forward to continue work in the direction of Environment Protection and Plastic Pollution. You can reach us at email@example.com or call us at 9717096635 for more information.
Miyawaki Afforestation : The Miyawaki forestation method is a unique way to create an urban forest and is pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. With this method of plantation, an urban forest can grow within a short span of 20-30 years while a conventional forest takes around 200-300 years to grow naturally. In the Miyawaki technique, various native species of plants are planted close to each other so that the greens receive sunlight only from the top and grow upwards than sideways. As a result, the plantation becomes approximately 30 times denser, grows 10 times faster and becomes maintenance-free after a span of 3 years.
In countries like India that are highly vulnerable to climate breakdown, forests are an integral element towards mitigation. Tree cover of almost 1.6 million hectares was lost between 2001 and 2018 in India — nearly four times the geographical area of Goa, according to a study released by the World Resources Institute. In this pledge to the UNFCC, the Indian government promised to cover 33% of its geographical area with forest cover by 2022, which currently stands at 24%. One possible method to achieve the target would be the Miyawaki method of afforestation. Also called the Potted Seedling Method, this afforestation technique uses native species to create dense, multilayered forests.
Its benefits include lowering temperature, making soil nutritious, supporting local wildlife and sequestration of carbon. The idea is to mimic nature while creating these tiny cross-sections of tiny islands called Miyawaki forests.
Ecobricks: An ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed with used plastic to a set density. They serve as reusable building blocks. Ecobricks can be used to produce various items, including furniture, garden walls and other structures. Ecobricks are produced primarily as a means of managing consumed plastic by sequestering it and containing it safely, by terminally reducing the net surface area of the packed plastic to effectively secure the plastic from degrading into toxins and microplastics. Ecobricking is a both an individual and collaborative endeavour. The ecobricking movement promotes the personal ecobricking process as a means to raise awareness of the consequences of consumption and the dangers of plastic. It also promotes the collaborative process as a means to encourage communities to take collective responsibility for their used plastic and to use it to produce a useful product.
RISE Foundation’s Founder Mr. Madhukar Varshney dream of making Green India during his second instincts of leaving MNC Job!! He is committed to make cities greener and cleaner using Miyawaki Afforestation technique in Urban environment.
This is picture from our First Miyawaki Urban Forest in Dwarka (New Delhi) after 10 months in the month of June 2021. We did 200+ sapling plantation from 15 native species in 800sq ft area.
We can see lot of biodiversity and some fruits from Karonda (Black Currant) and Guava in this season.
This is well managed by Munish Kundra and will have immense benefits of Forest in Urban cities. We thanks to National News Paper Dainik Jagran Delhi Edition, covered the progress of work of this Miyawaki Forest on occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June 2021.
We are looking more such places in Delhi-NCR or North India to do similar projects.
These Urban forest will have some of the benefits as follows : 1. Reduce pollution 2. Improve biodiversity 3. Reduce temperature of the area 4. Help healthy living 5. Save Environment etc..
For growing these Urban Forest , feel free to reach Madhukar (9717096635).
Few days back an old Banyan tree (age is not known , some people said 80years , some said alleast 50 year old) was fallen due to storm and heavy rain in Sec 6, Dwarka, New Delhi. We got distress call on 23rd May 2021 from local resident Mr. Sumit Kapoor , as being a local NGO also we do work for environment protection . We were requested to upright the tree else local municipality will cut down the whole tree for wood.
We got some old pictures of the tree from the Local and Dwarka residents, who were visiting the tree because of its natural beauty. Below pictures are taken in year 2008 and 18 respectively.
We tried to reach to agencies like DDA Horticulture . MCD Horticulture and called Forest department helpline also, but could not got any support even there was shortage of Crane and JCB operators due to lockdown conditions in the city . Lately MCD Horticulture department agreed to support after intervention of local councilor (as per the info shared by one of our team member, but MCD horticulture handicapped from providing the machines. So we ran a donation drive and tried the same with one Hydra and one JCB Machine on 27th May 2021.
We could not succeed in first attempt as machines were unable to handle the load. For second attempt, it is planned to call 02 Hydra and 01 JCB to finish the job. Finally we got succeed to upright the tree with the help of generous donation from nature lovers from various part of country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai , Rishikesh.
We look forward to do such work in coming days to protect our environment and these “Natural Oxygen Plants”.
For getting us involved in more such work, feel free to call Madhukar Varshney ( Founder – Rise Foundation ) at 9717096635. #environment#climatechange #savetheearth #saveenvironment #savetheplanet #savetrees #savebiodiversity #savedwarka #savedelhi
72वे गणतंत्र दिवस के पावन उपलक्ष्य पर हमने कचरा निस्तारण की तरफ नया कदम उठाते हुए Rise Foundation के तत्वाधान में Brahma Apartments में दिल्ली सरकार के सांसद श्री N D Gupta जी के करकमलों से #ecobricks प्रोजेक्ट का शुभारंभ किया।”हमारा कूड़ा हमारी जिम्मेदारी” के अंतर्गत सोसाइटी के लोगों ने इस प्रोजेक्ट में भागीदारी के लिए स्वीकृति दी।साथ मिल कर 2021 में भी हम Brahma Apartment को कूड़ा निस्तारण में नए मानदंड हासिल करने में सहायता करेंगे।सभी रेसिडेंट्स, दोस्तो और फाउंडेशन के मेंबर्स का दिल से आभार।Earthday.org special thanks for supporting our mission.#zerowaste#zerowastecommunity
On occasion of 26th Jan Republic day our Founder Madhukar Varshney and Madhuri Varshney awared and initiated #ecobricks projects in Dwarka at various places including Brahma CGHS, Youngsters CGHS and @standnstride pathashala pochanpur.#ecobrick will help to make something useful out of plastic waste.We are committed to make #zerowastedwarka and #wastefreedelhi#wastefreeindia
Join us to expand the #ecobricks project in your area.Reach us at 9717096635.
SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation) appreciated RISE Foundation work by considering Brahma Apartments Sec7 for Ranking 1 and Ekta Apartments, Sec 3 Dwarka for Ranking 6 under Ranking for CGHS in Dwarka for Swachh Survekshan 2020 at DC Office, Najafgarh Zone on 6th Jan 2021.
Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in villages, cities and towns across India.
Brahma Apartments implemented comprehensive Waste Management Solution in the CGHS and is the first Zero Waste CGHS of Dwarka. Thanks to RWA of Brahma Apartments and Special thanks to Sh. Munish Kundra for implementing and guiding the society staff to get the desired output.
Ekta Apartments is using Horticulture waste management in the society and few residents are also making compost from wet waste using home composter.We thanks to RWA of Ekta Apartments to implement the suggestions.
We thanks to whole team to RISE Foundation Madhukar Varshney, Madhuri Varshney and Deepak Bhardwaj for good work post covid in Waste Management area in 2020.
Looking forward more societies to adopt best practices in 2021 in Dwarka (Delhi).
In the last week of Dec 2020, RISE Foundation team visited Danya near Almora (Uttrakhand) for discussion and collaboration with HIMAL (NGO) (Himalayan Institute of Multiple Alternatives for Livelihood).
In past, we provided the monetary support to 6 children affected with HIV/AIDS for their monthly expenses and care taker.
In year 2021, RISE Foundation , Founder Member – Madhukar Varshney , Secretary – Madhuri Varshney and other members and HIMAL President – Mr. Ramesh Kr. Mumukshu & Mr. Basant B. Pandey ( Treasurer and Convener) to work jointly in following areas to improve the livelihood & income of the people in the locality using networking in Delhi and near by areas:
Promotion of HIMAL Home Stay
Promotion of Organic products i.e. Kapoor Tulasi , Rajma and other local stuff
Possibility of Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Danya area for upliftment of mental health of residents and package tours from Delhi and other areas to explore new income streams for youth
Initiate a holistic programme to assist people living with HIV/AIDS.
Awareness about Solid Waste Management and Plastic waste safe disposal
RISE Foundation will work out the frame work of above activities. We look forward wonderful 2021 ahead.
There are many places in the vicinity of Danya to visit by the tourist. For more information :
HIMAL HOME STAY Easy Access : Train : kathgodam Railway Station it’s 152 KM from Haldwani 52 kilometre from Almora 110 kilometre from Nainital 60 kilometre from Pithoragarh Contact person: Basant Pandey :. 9927672481 Ramesh Mumukshu 9810610400
On 4th Jan 2021, Munish Kundra did plantation of Banj OAK Tree at #Miyawaki Site Brahma Apartments by team Rise Foundation, which we brought from Uttarakhand during recent visit to Almora , Kasar Devi and nearby places.The Banj oak is among the most useful trees of the Himalaya. It is extensively lopped (or branch pruned) for fuelwood and its wood has a high calorific value and good burning properties. The leaves are extensively used as a cattle fodder. Leaf litter is rich in Nitrogen and makes an excellent compost fertilizer.
पर्यावरण को समृद्ध रखने में बांज के जंगलों की महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका है। बांज की जड़े वर्षा जल को अवशोषित करने व भूमिगत करने में मदद करती हैं जिससे जलस्रोतो में सतत प्रवाह बना रहता है। बांज की पत्तियां जमीन में गिरकर दबती सड़ती रहती हैं,इससे मिट्टी की सबसे उपरी परत में हृयूमस (प्राकृतिक खाद) का निर्माण होता रहता है।
बाँज या बलूत या शाहबलूत एक तरह का वृक्ष है जिसे अंग्रेज़ी में ‘ओक’ (Oak) कहा जाता है। बाँज (Oak) फागेसिई (Fagaceae) कुल के क्वेर्कस (quercus) गण का एक पेड़ है। इसकी लगभग ४०० किस्में ज्ञात हैं, जिनमें कुछ की लकड़ियाँ बड़ी मजबूत और रेशे सघन होते हैं। इस कारण ऐसी लकड़ियाँ निर्माणकाष्ठ के रूप में बहुत अधिक व्यवहृत होती है। source : https://hi.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%A4%AC%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%81%E0%A4%9C
Thanks to Munish Kundra (Member RISE Foundation) for carrying out the activity.