Friday, 12 May 2017

World Migratory Bird Day..Why the visit of migratory birds decreased worldwide ?

The visit of migratory birds has decreased worldwide! It is true, but before talking about that we need to know why do birds migrate? Birds migrate to move from areas of decreasing resources i.e. food and nesting locations, to the areas of high or increasing resources. According to the distance covered in migration the birds are Permanent Residents, Short-distance migrants, Medium-distance migrants and Long-distance Migrants. Many articles and news in the media tells us that the migratory birds has decreased. Well what is the reason? The reason is us, our greeds and over-exploitation of resources. The migratory birds don’t migrate anymore and that is because of many reasons that include:
·         The loss of habitats in their migratory route has taken away the source of fuel on the flyway.
·         Climate change patterns and global warming leads for the change in route of migratory birds, shortening their route or cancelling the journey at all.
·         Mild winters help resident birds to survive that leads to competiton and shortage of food and nesting locations for migratory birds.
·         Climate change leads to food shortages because vegetation bloom, insect population rise and bird hatchings are not in line of occurrence due to climate change patterns.
·         Poorly co-ordinated conservation measures and inadequate protection.
A migratory bird relies on different geographical locations in their migration routes for their fuel, shelter and nesting, and the protecting their breeding areas is not enough because any broken link in the chain will affect the entire population.
The journeys undertaken by these birds are remarkable, like Sooty Shearwater flies 64,000 kilometres from the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas to the Arctic.
One study by CEED found that out of 1,451 migratory bird species, 1,324 had inadequate protection for at least one part of their migration pathway. 18 species had no protection in their breeding areas and 2 species had no protection at all along their whole route.
Less than 3% of the species listed as threatened in IUCN Red List have sufficient protected areas. Red-spectacled Amazon is a migratory parrot of Brazil and is threatened by habitat loss still less than 4% of its range is protected, and almost none of its seasonal breeding areas in southern Brazil have been covered. There are many records of decrease in number of migratory birds in India, China and Pakistan.
For the protection of migratory birds all the nations have to trake collaborative steps because steps taken in one nation cannot protect any migratory bird along its range. Like Germany has protected 98% of the migratory species that pass its borders but less than 13 % of its species are protected at a global range.
For the awareness among public about the decrease in migratory birds worldwide, World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on May 11-12 every year since 2006, and it was created by US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

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.