Saturday, 18 April 2015

Earth Hour : Embracing Darkness for a Greener World

Keeping on the tradition, this year too, the residents of RGSC, BHU celebrated the ninth edition of The Earth Hour with enthusiasm and vigor. On the moonlit evening of 28th March 2015, on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami, the Indian subcontinent joined the world in celebrating The Earth Hour by switching of electricity from 08:30pm – 09:30 pm. RGSC,BHU which has been actively celebrating Earth Hour for consecutively 4 years now, once again glowed the path by embracing darkness for the cause of better, cleaner and sustainable Environment.

If the readers be reminded then Earth Hour is a worldwide event started in the year 2007, in Sydney where 3000 office complexes switched off their electricity in order to express their solidarity for the cause of Climate Change. This event has now become a worldwide phenomenon which is currently seen not only as a tool for awareness but also as a dedication to prevailing climate change issues. Many metropolitan cities like New York, Sydney, Nairobi, London, Paris etc. (the list has now reached to more than hundred) have officially accepted the importance of this event and have been actively switching off light and organizing awareness programs. Worldwide 170 countries, 1200 landmarks and 40 UNESCO World Heritage have confirmed their participation in this year’s Earth Hour. India has been celebrating this Hour actively since 2009. Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar etc. have also celebrated the seventh edition of the event at official level.

Coming back to RGSC, BHU, the member of Eco1 made sure that all the denizens of the 6 hostels of RGSC got the news about Earth Hour. At sharp 08:30 pm, all the hostels switched off their light and came out of their respective hostels with candles to commemorate the Earth Hour. The whole process was supervised by Raj Maurya and his co- members of Eco1 who visited various hostels and made sure that the importance of the day is known to the students.  The starry sky and the moonlit night provided the perfect relaxing mood to appreciate the Nocturnal Beauty of RGSC. The gathering not only discussed about the various concerns regarding climate change, but also bonded over the recent calamity of Indian Team in Australia. Such was their enthusiasm some even suggested of celebrating Earth Hour every week!!! And truly so, a simple tip of the finger calculation shows that if the lights (fans excluded) of six hostels in RGSC is switched off for an hour then grossly 80kwh of electricity is saved, hence saving  5-6 quintals of coal. Thus is the impact of celebrating Earth Hour by just RGSC Campus. What really matters is the voluntary participation of the students which shows their solemn solidarity for the cause of larger issue of Climate Change.  

Once again the residents of RGSC have proved that if given a slight nudge, we are able to achieve much greater feats. Especially when it comes to Environmental issues.  Eco1, after its cleanliness drives, making the RGSC plastic free like etc. has added another remarkable feather to their hat by organizing Earth Hour consecutively for the 4th time. This has proven the fact that we don’t only talk but also walk the talk. And that’s what’s actually required at this juncture to save our World. This year’s Earth Hour has and should show the politicians, bureaucrats and policymakers who are going to meet later this year at Paris to resolve a protocol based on The COP Lima 2014. Hopefully they show equal enthusiasm and genuine care in framing laws for our environment.

Awaiting the next Earth Hour….

Monday, 2 February 2015

नम भूमि दिवस पर " मोक्ष दायिनी को मृत्यु क्यों "

२ फरवरी को नम भूमि दिवस के उपलक्ष में राजीव गांधी दक्षिणी परिसर के इको वन क्लब के सदस्यों एवं परिसर के छात्र-छात्राओं द्वारा नुक्कड़ नाटक का आयोजन किया गया। इस नुक्कड़ नाटक का विषय " मोक्ष दायिनी को मृत्यु क्यों " था जिसमें उन्होंने गन्दगी के कारण पवित्र गंगा माँ की दुर्दशा के बारे में बताया। इको वन के कार्यकर्ताओ ने बताया कि इस बार का नम भूमि दिवस का विषय " हमारे भविष्य के लिए नम भूमि " है। इस कार्यक्रम में परिसर के छात्र छात्राओं ने बढ़ चढ़ कर हिस्सा लिया। 

इस पूरे कार्यक्रम में १०० से अधिक छात्र व् छात्राएं उपस्थित थे। सभी विद्यार्थियों इस कार्यक्रम को लेकर बहुत उत्साहित नज़र आ रहे थे। इस कार्यक्रम को सफल बनाने में इको वन के कार्यकर्ताओं ने अपने कार्य को पूरी निष्ठा और लगन के साथ किया। यह कार्यक्रम डॉ अनिल पाण्डेय व् अन्य सदस्यों की देखरेख में सम्पन्न हुआ। ईको वन संस्था द्वारा गत चार वर्षों में इस तरह के कई कार्यक्रम विन्ध्य क्षेत्र में सम्पन्न हो चुके हैं जिनमें खड़ंजा फॉल व् विंढम फॉल भी सम्मिलित है।

Monday, 26 January 2015

गणतंत्र दिवस पर " इको वन " का सफाई अभियान

66वें गणतंत्र दिवस के शुभ अवसर पर राजीव गांधी दक्षिणी परिसर में "इको वन" क्लब के सदस्यों एवं परिसर के छात्र-छात्राओं ने "क्लीन कैंपस" अभियान का आयोजन किया जिसके अन्तर्गत परिसर की सफाई की और छात्र-छात्राओं को जागरूक भी किया।  
Members of Eco1 BHU Club
इको वन के सदस्यों तथा अन्य स्वयंसेवको ने कबाड़ से जुगाड़ (best out of waste) की सोच को भली-भाँति प्रदर्शित करते हुए लोगों से बेकार की चीजों को काम में लाने का तरीका बताया। अनुपयोगी टूटी पानी की टंकियों को कूड़ेदान की आकर्ति देते हुए परिसर में विभिन्न स्थानों पर रख कर परिसर को सदैव स्वच्छ रखने की प्रतिज्ञा ली।

Thursday, 22 May 2014

अन्तर्राष्टीय जैव विविधता दिवस 2014

आज अन्तर्राष्टीय जैव विविधता दिवस के उपलक्ष्य में इको वन व् विंध्य बचाओ के सदस्यों ने यमुना बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क का भ्रमण किया। इस भ्रमण का मुख्य उद्देश्य जैव विविधता के बारे में जानकारी प्राप्त करना था।  
Dr. A.K.Singh With Members

यमुना बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क के वैज्ञानिक डॉ ए. क. सिंह, एक वनस्पतिशास्त्री, जो उन व्यक्तियों में से एक है जो यमुना जैव विविधता पार्क की स्थापना के लिए जिम्मेदार है, ने सदस्यों को जैव विविधता के महत्व के बारे में बताया तथा उसको होने वाले प्रभावों से अवगत कराया। वैज्ञानिक डॉ ए. क. सिंह ने यमुना बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क के प्रारंभिक परिचय दियाइस ५७ एकड़ में फैले यमुना बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क में विविध प्रकार की जीव वनस्पति पाये जाते है जिनको यमुना के विभिन्न पार्को से एकत्रित किया गया। 

वैज्ञानिक डॉ ए. क. सिंह ने सभी सदस्यों को यमुना बायोडायवर्सिटी पार्क का भ्रमण कराया तथा यहाँ पाये जाने वाले विभिन्न प्रकार के जीव वनस्पति के बारे में बताया। इस भ्रमण में हमें पार्क से संबंधित कुछ उपयोगी जानकारी पता चला , जैसे कि यहाँ कितनी विभिन्न प्रकार की पौधों, जानवरों, पक्षियों एवं कीड़ों की प्रजातियाँ मौजूद है। हमें इस पार्क के बारे में कुछ आश्चर्य बातें पता चली जैसे कि कैसे यह पार्क कृषि भूमि से एक कार्यात्मक जैव विविधता पार्क करने से बदल गया। 

Members of Eco1 BHU & VindhyaBachao
भ्रमण के पश्चात सदस्यों ने इको वन एवं विंध्य बचाओ के द्वारा किये गए कार्यो के बारे में बताया। सभी सदस्यों ने डॉ ए. क. सिंह का धन्यवाद दिया। इस भ्रमण कार्यक्रम को सफल बनाने में देबादित्यो सिन्हा, शेखर जैन, प्रदीप कुमार, मुकेश कुमार एवं राज मौर्या का योगदान रहा।

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ECO MANIA II: Prize Distribution Gala!!!

15th April 2014, R.G.S.C: In yet another event of Eco1-BHU, the prize distribution of ECOMANIA II was held at Farmer’s Hostel and was presided by the O.S.D Dr. R.P. Singh, Chief Proctor Dr. Somu Singh, Dr. Anil Kr. Pandey and Mr. Vijai Krishna chaired the event. 

ECOMANIA II was held from 3rd March- 10th March 2014. This environment oriented Annual Competition focuses on encouraging creativity/innovation among students and in the process, imparting them environmental awareness. Many competitions like painting, slogan-writing, essay writing, poetry etc. not only allowed the students to exercise their intellectual soft skills but also innovative competitions like “Kabaad Se Jugaad” and photography allowed active involvement of the competitors.

The Prize Ceremony started as custom dictates with the BHU KULGEET. It was followed by the screening of three documentary movies namely “Vindhyan Scourge”, “The Miracle Water Village”, “The Vanishing Giants” which depicted various environmental problems ranging from the plight of Vindhyan region to the poaching of elephants and watershed management.

A pictorial presentation about ‘Eco1 BHU’ was presented eloquently by Saptarshi Dey explaining various aspects and activities of Eco1 BHU. His presentation was rightly backed by N. Manish’s speech which clearly stated various future aspirations for the participation of more active members and rigor actions to ascertain Eco1 BHU’s motto.
Dr. A.K Pandey, Asst. Prof. IESD, gave an insightful speech on the various possibilities by which Eco1 BHU can help the water scarce district of Mirzapur, especially villages nearby to BHU RGSC Campus. Eco1 BHU has to think not only about the campus RGSC but also utilize the intellectual knowledge of its able members in propagating environmental awareness amongst the people of nearby villages.  He emphasized on active participation of members in a more systematic and regular basis.
Dr. Somu Singh, Chief Proctor shared his past experience with Eco1 BHU. He shared some past achievements of Eco1 BHU like banning polythene bags in the campus. He opined that Eco1 BHU should initiate cultured practices which can be passed on to future batch and hence leading to stronger “eco-ethics” and eco-friendly practices in the campus. He gave many valuable notes on practicing eco-friendly methods like switching off lights when not in use, irrigating the saplings and taking care of them so as to make this campus into a green oasis in this barren and rocky terrain. He assured all possible help of teachers and faculties in future endeavors of Eco1 BHU and suggested more apparent contribution of members for Eco1 BHU.

Mr. Vijai Krishna, Asst. Prof IESD and adviser of Eco1 BHU advised the members to become inspiration for other students. He explained how Eco1 can be a non-formal source for environmental education.  He gave an approach of “Preach What You Practice” for environmental awareness. He asked the students to lead by action, creating healthy eco-friendly trends themselves so as to set an example for others. The event was elegantly hosted by Chitra Pokharia. The audience consisted of members and enthusiastic participants of EcoMania 2014. Finally the function was concluded with distribution of prizes to winners in various events of Eco Mania. 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

EARTH HOUR: Celebrating Darkness for Future Brightness

Now-a-days it has become quite a trend to discuss about Environmental issues. Be it technical, social, academic, and even commercial and economical, fraternity from all the above spheres and more are coerced not only to consider the issues of Environment, but to act towards solving those issues. Environment has now taken the centre stage amongst the masses. And it arouses both concern and a sense of responsibility amongst the public notion. Rightly so too, because our Environment has never been so gravely threatened as it is now. It’s not simply about air pollution, water pollution; Environmental issues have now crossed International boundaries. Be it Global Warming or frequent climate disparages. Threat to environment is now considered a threat to not only humans and animals but a threat to Life.
Many concerned people are actively participating in invoking steps to safeguard our Environment. People from all social strata and all hemispheres are joining hands against saving our Earth from destruction.  Many innovative steps are being taken to spread awareness amongst masses regarding environment. One such step is Earth Hour.
Earth Hour’s was first celebrated on 31st March 2007 in Sydney Australia. It was started by WWF-Australia with the aim to spread a message amongst masses that even a small change in our day-to-day lifestyle may bring about a lot change in the environment. Many time, people are flabbergasted by the enormity of the issues related to environment, to some it may even sound almost impossible to follow measures to safeguard environment. In order to make the notion of safeguarding environment simpler, and to reach to maximum people to contribute, Earth Hour seems to be an effective step. And from its inception in 2007, Earth Hour has become a really successful annual event. In 2013 only, more than 154 countries and 7002 cities pledged to switch off as many unwanted lights. The list goes on if we actually keep a tab. Many may ask how switching off light for only one hour can can contribute to environment. In 2013 only, India switching off light in 54 cities in Earth Hour saved 1000MW of electricity. To produce 1000 MW electricity,   approximately 3000 ton of fuel is burnt to vaporize 5096 liters of water. This is just a gross estimate; the actual value can actually increase. So we can guess how a small step of switching off light for 60minute can be helpful for the environment.
Earth hour doesn’t mean complete black out. It’s more a symbolic step, which seeks to bring about awareness among the masses that even a small step like switching off the light of a room before exiting, can actually impact on the environment. This event’s all about the awareness amongst people which is much required because safeguarding our environment is not a mammoth task, all it requires is a genuine will and step by step action towards issues in micro level. It is as much the responsibility of individuals as it is the responsibility of big industries and corporate houses.
If you really want to contribute to safeguard the Environment, start from your own house or office. Save energy, save water, save papers, save trees. These small contributions do matter for our Environment. Earth Hour represents this philosophy. Let’s turn the inspiration of an hour to action for our every hour. Switch Off your lights and enjoy the darkness!!!

 By: Debasis Ray 
1st Year M.Sc.(Tech)