Rise Foundation and ONGC Videsh establishing pocket urban forest to boost biodiversity and fight climate change

On 10th June 2022, Team Rise Foundation, ONGC Videsh and RWA & Residents of Sec 40 , Noida established first Miyawaki Forest at C block – Green belt of Noida Authority in Sector -40 with the help of many fantastic volunteers. The forest, which is the first example of a Miyawaki Forest in the area , was the site of a fantastic gathering. It was wonderful to see the community come together in the spirit of restoration and stewardship.

The project is sponsored by ONGC Videsh under Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav. Ms Renu Madhok and Ms Sangeeta Duggal were instrumental to do this project.Rise Foundation established pocket urban forest with 100+ plants using native species of Delhi NCR. The main plants are Amaltas, Parijat, Bamboo, Neem, Jatropha, Indica, Gudahal, Ratrani, Kaner, Mogra, Kadipatta etc.

Whole process included:

Site selection – 550 Sq ft area is identified for 100+ saplings plantation

Soil Preparation : Soil is prepared with Rice Husk, Cocopeat and Organic Manure to take load of the plants.

Plants Procurement : Plants collected along with Anup and Naveen from nursery.

Plantation : Site planning and plantation done with the help of wonderful volunteers.

There was small session on Plastic waste and Ecobricks is also delivered by Inderjeet Singh Sir and Mr. Madhukar Varshney.

We want to thanks and show our gratitude towards RWA President Mr. A.K Sehgal, Vice President Mr. K.L. Narsimhan, General Secretary Mr. Rajnish Kumar Sharma, Mr. Ashok Sharma, Mrs. Poonam Sharma, Mrs. Rashmi Nigam.

Mr. Anand Mohan (Deputy Director ) and Mr. Jha from Noida Authority also joined the occasion.

Rise Foundation team will maintain this forest for next 3 Years with the help of RWA team. We look forward to more such pocket forest establishment in Delhi NCR to improve biodiversity and fight climate change.

The Miyawaki Forest is an ultra dense, biodiverse pocket forest that recreates the complexity of natural forests and the relationships and processes that help them grow strong and resilient. By giving home to a vast array of native species, they boost the biodiversity of the area and nurture pollinators, supporting and restoring ecosystems. They sequester carbon in the soil, reduce air pollution and soil contamination, improve water absorption to buffer against flooding and erosion, and cool the surrounding area to mitigate the urban heat island effect.

If any one is interested to plant Miyawaki Urban Forest, please feel free to reach us at 9717764262 (Madhukar Varshney) or mail2risefoundation@gmail.com

Kids learnt about Waste Management during summer vacation

Team Rise Foundation delivered wonderful, interactive workshop on Waste Management problems and solutions to children and residents of Saket Court on 9th June 2022.

This workshop is organised by DLSA (Delhi State Legal Service Authority)- South wing in association with Rise Foundation.

Childrens and residents enjoyed and understood the current situation of Waste Management in Delhi and possible ways to fight with this maniac.

Mr. Madhukar Varshney covered the topic related to Waste Management situation in Delhi. Mr. Inderjeet covered the topic on plastic waste and ecobricks. Children agreed to make ecobricks. Rise foundation team gave them the target of making atleast 40 ecobricks to make bench in the residential campus.

Following actions are suggested to them:

1: Reduce: Make less waste in the first place! – Use biodegradable products . Carry cotton bag while going to market to reduce plastic waste.

2: Reuse: Many items you normally throw away can be used again and some items are made to be used over and over. An old tire becomes a swing. A cool lunch box replaces bags that are thrown away. Toys, video games, books, and clothes you’ve outgrown can be sold at garage sales or given to charities.

3: Recycle: Since there is not sufficient recyclers in city to handle plastic waste, it is better to arrest plastic waste at source by making ecobricks

4: Compost: Garden waste and food scraps (vegetables — no meat please) are not garbage — they’re future soil. By composting these items in your backyard, you can make a rich humus that improves soil, making garden plants grow better. Composting duplicates natures natural decomposition process in your backyard.

No single step can solve our waste disposal problems. Each option has side effects that must be considered when we’re selecting the best solution to each solid waste problem.

To carry out such workshop FREE in your area, please contact Rise Foundation at 9717764262 .

Dwarka School Students took pledge to reduce plastic waste

On occasion of Environment day , Delhi Govt School, Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya Sector 10 Dwarka students and teacher got knowledge about the Ocean pollution and Ecobricks from Team Rise Foundation on 27th May 2022 ( in advance due to exams of students).

Mr. Madhukar Varshney covered the topics related to Ocean pollution, River pollution and the issue of littering in the city.

Mr. Munish Kundra covered the topics related to Ecobricks and the usecases of Ecobricks. Ecobricks are plastic bottles packed tightly with single-use plastics which is saving thousands of pounds of plastic that would otherwise end up in a landfill, incinerator, or our oceans.   These “bricks” can be used as an alternative building material in a multitude of construction projects including building furniture and creating art installations.   The making of an ecobrick is a practical and powerful way to learn the importance of environmental sustainability and one great way to keep single-use plastics out of incinerators, landfills and our oceans! 

School Students shown some ecobricks ,which they made already.

The making of an ecobrick is a practical and powerful way to learn the importance of environmental sustainability and one great way to keep single-use plastics out of incinerators, landfills and our oceans! 

Manchahat Apartments in Dwarka got workshop on Waste and Climate Change

Team Rise Foundation in association with City Spidey delivered a workshop on Waste Management, Climate Change and possible solutions at personal and community level on 1st May 2022.

The apartment also conducted a poster competition on the occasion of Earth Day on 22nd April 2022. The topics were “Save Mother Earth ” and “Say NO to Plastic”.

More than 15 children participated in the Poster competition. Some of the childs got awarded for the beautiful posters.

Ms Monita Dhingra , renowned artist from Dwarka judged the competition and presented with certificates and prizes to the children.

While workshop on following topics given to the residents:

1.Waste Management Situation in Delhi and Dwarka

2. Climate Change and Its impact

3. Plastic Pollution and Ecobricks

Madhukar Varshney and Munish Kundra from Rise Foundation made the gathering aware of how to manage waste at the source level and how an individual can contribute to minimising the greenhouse effect. Munish Kundra urged the people to condemn single-use plastic in daily life. He also demonstrated how to manage such plastic by making eco-bricks. Kids of the society also took part in the interaction on the subject and shared their knowledge and asked queries to the experts.

Madhukar Varshney urged to all residents to do home composting or community composting.

Home Composting benefits the climate in a few different ways, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at landfills, by promoting uptake of carbon dioxide by vegetation, and by making our plants and gardens more resilient to the effects of climate change.
The use of compost provides numerous greenhouse gas benefits, both directly through carbon sequestration and indirectly through improved soil health, reduced soil loss, increased water infiltration and storage, and reduction in other inputs.

Management of the society appreciated the efforts of CitySpidey and Rise Foundation on the subject of environmental protection.  President of the society, SB Soni said, “This was a good event and more such events would be organised in the future to sensitise the community. It was moral boosting that small kids took interest in such subject and participated.”

Secretary of the society, KL Tripathi gave his thanks to CitySpidey and Rise Foundation for the event and said, “This was a wonderful event and we would like to do more such events.”

About CitySpidey:

CitySpidey is a young, vibrant, multimedia lifestyle and community news platform since 2014. We are present on the web, app, podcast and video enabled reporting, to bring to you the rich cultural heritage of India, local community happening, holistic health reviews, music, travel, entertainment, and educational contents. Going forward we intend to strengthen our bond with the users by bringing culture, lifestyle, and fine arts involving performing artists, scholars, writers, painters, and community users. Under the new avatar, our young team of content creators would aim to keep the platform vibrant, attractive, current, and relevant for our informed users. You can get more information at https://www.cityspidey.com/

For conducting such workshops in your society or area , reach us thru email : mail2risefoundation@gmail.com or at +91 97764262 (Madhukar Varshney)

Another Tiny Urban Forest in MCD Pochanpur School by Rise Foundation

“Children and Forest are our Future “

At a time when climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more severe, trees are stationary superheroes.

Team Rise Foundation did plantation of 8th Miyawaki Tiny Urban Forest in Dwarka.

Project loctation : SDMC Primary Pratibha School, Pochanpur, Sector 23, Dwarka

Size : 1000sq ft with 300 native plants sapling plantation

Date : 11 April 2022

In this project we tried Soil Doctor Product to check the soil quality. It took approx 20 minutes to estimate the NPK and pH values.

As per the given chart the parameters of the soil as follows:

N = 10-15Kg per /acr – Low
P = 15 Kg per /acr – Low
K= 150 Kg / acr – Low
pH = 4.5 High Acidic

The above values lead us to add more Nutrients to the site as the NPK values were quite low and other treatment to make Soil pH value towards 6- 7 (Lime is a soil amendment made from ground limestone rock, which naturally contains calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. When lime is added to soil, these compounds work to increase the soil’s pH, making soil less acidic and more alkaline.)

Follow us thru pictures for Site readiness.

Soil Preparation :

Plants Procurement from Delhi Govt ITO Nursery:

Plantation :

Due to hot season, we decided to have arrangement of shades to new grown saplings so that they will survive thru the summer.

We thanks to School administration, teachers and students to help us to create another Forest in the school.

Special thanks to Dr. Madhu Ghai , Ms Sharmila Verma joined us for the plantation. Gratitude to all team members including Inderjeet Singh Sir and Munish Kundra.

Rise Foundation partners with schools colleges & Institutes across Delhi NCR to plant
Miyawaki Urban forests closer to the classroom, bringing biodiversity back to
playgrounds and nature back into school curriculums.

As per Mr. Madhukar Varshney – Founder Rise Foundation ” Students observe rewilding in progress and exploration of the forest will supplement the studies of both primary and secondary pupils. The dense planting of native trees will also help to reduce pollution in the air, creating a healthier atmosphere for the entire school community.”

If any one is interested to plant Miyawaki Urban Forest, please feel free to reach us at 9717764262 or mail2risefoundation@gmail.com

The Residency Apartments geared up for Composting & ecobricks

Mr Thomas from The Residency Apartments, Sector 7, Dwarka shown interest to Mr. Madhukar Varshney – Founder Rise Foundation for residents of the society.

Team Rise Foundation with the help of local volunteers gave the interactive workshop covering following topics:

  1. Why Waste Management
  2. What is the current situation of Waste in Dwarka
  3. What are the major problems because of inefficient waste management by municipality
  4. How climate change is impacted by waste
  5. Why and How composting can be done at individual and community level
  6. How ecobricks are helpful in reducing plastic pollution to city, rivers and oceans.

Mr. Madhukar delivered the session of Solid Waste Management, Composting and Climate change.

Mr. Munish Kundra delivered interested session on Plastic pollution and ecobricks. Later on society residents visited Brahma Apartments to see the bench made by ecobricks.

President of RWA, thanked team Rise Foundationfor the event and said that more such events should be organised across Dwarka to promote eco-friendly practices in societies.

Four Stages of Composting

Composting organic wastes represents an important pathway for carbon flow and nutrient cycling in both developed and developing countries. Composting, often described as nature’s way of recycling, is a self-heating, aerobic, solid-phase process, during which organic waste materials are biologically degraded into an extremely useful humus-like substance. The product resulting from this process is called “compost” (from Latin compositum meaning consisting of more than one substance), which stabilizes biologically numerous types of organic waste by converting them into a final product containing a proportion of humus. The compost, which is rich in nutrients and hygienically safe, is created by reproducing processes that are found in nature that ensure the recycling of nutrients in a controlled and accelerated way. The main protagonists of this dynamic process are microorganisms (via the rapid growth of bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes) and their enzymes [1]. Human control of the biological decomposition process is what differentiates composting from the natural decomposition of organic matter; in fact, regulating and optimizing the conditions ensures a faster process and the generation of quality end products.

Figure . Temperature changes in the composting process.

The composting process is characterized by four phases:

(1) the initial mesophilic phase (10–42 °C), during which, the temperature rapidly rises and initiates organic matter decomposition;

(2) the thermophilic phase (45–70 °C), which is distinguished by prolonged high temperatures due to the extensive metabolic activities undertaken by endogenous microorganisms;

(3) the middle mesophilic phase (65–50 °C), during which, the temperature decreases, allowing for re-establishment of the heat-resistant microbes;

(4) the finishing phase (50–23 °C), during which, the organic matter and biological heat production stabilize [2].

Moreover, it is carried out by different classes of microbes, such as mesophiles and thermophiles. Generally, mesophilic microorganisms, which function best between 30 and 50 °C, initiate the composting process. As microbial activity increases soon after compost piles are formed, temperatures and density within the piles also increase and thermophilic microorganisms take over at temperatures above 50 °C. The temperature in the compost pile typically increases rapidly from 50 to 70 °C within 24 to 72 h of the pile formation and can stay there for several days depending on feedstock properties, pile size, and environmental conditions. This represents the “active phase” of composting, during which, decomposition is the most rapid. It continues until the materials containing nutrients and energy within the piles have been transformed. As the microbial activity decreases, the pile compost temperature gradually declines to approximately 37 °C. Mesophilic microorganisms recolonize the pile, and the compost enters the “curing phase.” The oxygen consumption during curing declines and organic materials continue to decompose and are converted to biologically stable humic substances that represent the mature or finished compost. Potentially toxic organic acids and resistant compounds are also stabilized during curing. A long curing phase is needed if the compost is unfinished or immature, which is possible if the compost pile contained too little oxygen or either too little or too much moisture [2]

Bugs, Critters, and Microorganisms 

When you’re creating the perfect compost pile, what you’re really doing is providing a space for loads of organisms to live and thrive. These organisms help break down all the materials you throw into your heap and create that beautiful compost you can use in your garden. And while they may be creepy and crawly, they’re actually really helpful. 

Here are some of the critters you can find in your compost. 

Ants – You may find some ants bobbing about as they’re looking for food. While they burrow through the compost, they create passages which allow air to pass through. This helps the other organisms breathe and assists with the degrading process. They also help break down the material into smaller pieces. 

Pill bug – These creatures do more than just roll up into a little ball. They help eat all the organic matter and are even able to digest the cellulose fibres of sticks and branches, making them a valuable addition to any compost. 

Millipedes –Try not to be intimidated by all their legs – millipedes are very helpful compost critters. They love to eat dead plants, as well as decaying sticks, branches, and leaves. 

Soldier Fly Larva – For such a small grub, they sure can eat! Their intense appetite means they can eat a lot of greens and household waste, making these materials easier for worms to then eat and digest.  

Worms – They may be slimy, but worms are one of the most important creatures of the compost pile. As they wriggle through the heap, they create passageways for air, water, and other nutrients to fall through. They also enjoy a varied diet of kitchen scraps, newspaper, and garden waste, which they then turn into cast – a substance that’s worth more than gold to a gardener.  

Figure : Food Chain de composers

MCD School Dhool Siras(Dwarka) creating dense forest for students

On 8th March 2022, Team Rise Foundation along with school administration, School students and other volunteers implemented first phase of Miyawaki Tiny Urban Forest in 1100sq ft area with 280 native trees saplings at MCD Primary School, Dhool Siras ,Sector-24, Dwarka (New Delhi).

Rise Foundation Founder Member Mr. Madhukar Varshney interacted with students on this occasion and asked various questions from students about trees and forest.

Munish Kundra – Rise Foundation member, gave small session on Plastic pollution and guided students to fill the PET bottles to make ecobricks. All the plastic waste generated from grow bags is used to be filled for making of ecobricks.

Thanks to Inderjeet Singh Sir & Jaswant Singh Sir for helping us to get this project from School administration.

We appreciate the participation from the Ishika Kundra and her college students and Professor of DDU , Mr. Arun (Sec 6- Great India Apartments), Mr. Amit Bhatnagar and Mr. Awadhoot from ThinkGood Foundation.

This project is crowd funded 85% and balance is paid by Rise Foundation.

We are looking forward more such projects in coming months.

Miyawaki is a technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, that helps build dense, native forests. The approach is supposed to ensure that plant growth is 10 times faster and the resulting plantation is 30 times denser than usual. It involves planting dozens of native species in the same area, and becomes maintenance-free after the first three years.

The method involves planting two to four trees per square metre. Miyawaki forests grow in two to three years and are self-sustaining. They help lower temperatures in concrete heat islands, reduce air and noise pollution, attract local birds and insects, and create carbon sinks.

If you want to implement Miyawaki Urban Forest, Feel free to reach us at +91 9717764262.

Radhika Apartments in Dwarka got workshop on Solid Waste Management

Radhika Apartments, Sector 14, Dwarka got workshop on Solid Waste Management from team Rise Foundation in Association with City Spidey.

Madhuri Varshney and Madhukar Varshney from Rise Foundation demonstrated how home composting can be done to manage waste, threw light on the eco-brick method to manage waste, and shared effective ways to reduce the extent of single-use plastic.

On the occasion, residents of Radhika apartments and other societies interacted with the team of Rise Foundation and talked about composting at an individual level and community level.

Madhuri Varshney explained how and why Segregation of Waste is important at each household level. Additionally, she explained how to use “Terracotta Home Composter” at home as one of the easy solution to make compost from Kitchen waste in easy steps.

President of RWA, Radhika Apartments, Surendra Mishra thanked CitySpidey for the event and said that more such events should be organised across Dwarka to promote eco-friendly practices in societies.

Adarsh Apartments Dwarka learnt about Waste Management from the Experts

On 20th Feb 2022 , bright sunny day, Management team and residents of Adarsh Apartments, Sec 3, Dwarka discussed and learnt about Solid Waste Management, Climate Change and Plastic Pollution from the experts from Rise Foundation in association with City Spidey .

Ms Madhuri Rawat Varshney, Social Activist covered the session on Solid Waste Management, Landfill and the Expenses done by municipality for shifting the garbage from Dhalao to Landfills.It is learnt that whopping crores of rupees spent only for transportation of this waste.

The 2nd part of the workshop covered by Mr. Madhukar Varshney, Technology Expert turned Social Entrepreneur cum Environmentalist. As per him the rising carbon emission is leading to global warming leading to temperature rise and severe danger to humanity in coming decade. He emphasize that Home composting and Community composting is also validated solution to reduce green house gases from kitchen waste.

The last session was delivered by Ms Anuradha Ganguly, Social activist from Dwarka. She shared the information about Plastic Pollution, Ocean Pollution and by making Ecobricks at home can control the littering of plastic waste . She mentioned that Rise Foundation is torch bearer in Delhi-NCR for making sturtures like benches, Tree guards etc…using Ecobricks. This is good example of Best from Waste.

At the end, the Mr. Devesh Mundepi and Mr. Thakur residents and part of management team, shared the experience of making compost out of Kitchen waste using Terracotta home composters. Mr. Devesh appreciated the process and quality of compost using this composter. He advised others to join the “Composting Revolution” campaign of Rise Foundation and keep city clean and do your bit to fight climate change.

We look forward to meet more people to create awareness about Waste Management, Composting, Climate Change and Plastic Waste Pollution.

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About CitySpidey:

CitySpidey is a young, vibrant, multimedia lifestyle and community news platform since 2014. We are present on the web, app, podcast and video enabled reporting, to bring to you the rich cultural heritage of India, local community happening, holistic health reviews, music, travel, entertainment, and educational contents. Going forward we intend to strengthen our bond with the users by bringing culture, lifestyle, and fine arts involving performing artists, scholars, writers, painters, and community users. Under the new avatar, our young team of content creators would aim to keep the platform vibrant, attractive, current, and relevant for our informed users. You can get more information at https://www.cityspidey.com/

For conducting such workshops in your society or area , reach us thru email : mail2risefoundation@gmail.com or at +91 97764262 (Madhukar Varshney)