Environment friendly Ganpati Visarjan

God created you and god created this earth. And just like he doesn’t want you to dirty your soul, he also doesn’t want you to dirty the earth he has created. Especially not while celebrating his own festival. This Ganpati do not immerse the idols in open water bodies, below are a list of artificial ponds released by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation:

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F-South: Swan Mill Manoranjan Maidan, Sewri
F-North: Ashok Pisal Maidan Pratiksha Nagar, Sion
G-South: Khedaskar Gully Prabhadevi, Dadar (West)
G-South: Mayor Bunglow, Dadar West
H-East: Mahatma Gandhi Vidhayalay, Bandra East
H-West:  Shambhaji Garden, Santacruz
Gajadhar Park, Santacruz
K-East:  Dr. Hedge war Maidan, Vile Parle – East
K-West: Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri – West
N:  Dr Baliram Hedgewar Maidan, Ghatkopar – West
Dattaji Salvi Maidan, Ghatkopar – West
P-South: Pandurang Wadi, Goregaon East
Ganesh Ghat, Goregaon – East
P North: Ramleela Maidan, Malad – East
Buva Salvi Maidan, Malad – East
Desai Taloa, Malad – west
R South: Akriti Municiple Chowkey, Kandivili – East
Thakur Village, Kandivili – East
Lokhandwala Taloa, Dahisar – West
R North: Dahisar Sports Foundations, Dahisar West
Ashokwan Municiple Udhyan, Dahisar West
Tawdewadi, Borivali
R Central: Anantrao Bhosale Kridagan
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Swapna Nagri Taloa, Borivali
Kulopwadi, Borivali – West

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Earthquake Safety Rules

Our deepest sympathies lie with the people of Nepal. We too have suffered causalities  in UP and Bihar. As rescue missions continue, this article, I agree, comes a little too late, acting in retrospection seems to be our thing. Nevertheless here are a few do’s, don’ts, other safety tips and preventive measures for dealing with earthquakes.

Safety Tips

  • Have an earthquake readiness plan.
  • Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.
  • Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you.
  • Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons (11.4 liters) of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights.
  • Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.

If Shaking Begins

  • Do not panic, stay calm
  • Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit.
  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
  • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

After the earthquake:

  1. Check for casualties and seek assistance if needed.
  2. If you suspect a gas leak, open windows and shut off the main valve. Leave the building and report the gas leaks. Do not light a fire or use the telephone at the site.
  3. Turn off the main valve if water supply is damaged.
  4. Do not use the telephone except to report an emergency or to obtain assistance.
  5. Stay out of severely damaged buildings as aftershocks may cause them to collapse. Report any building damage to the authorities.
  6. As a precaution against tsunamis, stay away from shores, beaches and low-lying coastal areas.  If you are there, move inland or to higher grounds.  The upper floors of high, multi-storey, reinforced concrete building can provide safe refuge if there is no time to quickly move inland or to higher grounds.

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We did the reading for this article from this National Geographic article and this government guideline. The image was originally seen here.

What you can do this Earth Day

Every year, on April 22, humans and organisations celebrate Earth Day to demonstrate their concern about environmental degradation and commitment towards its protection. In the quest for rapid growth and development, mankind has caused severe damage to environment, in terms of extinction and endangerment of various species of flora and fauna, rise in temperature, increase in air, water and land pollution and deforestation. Therefore, it is the right time for communities, organisations and people to come together and reflect over their actions and take up several positive actions to repair the damage that has been caused.

As a responsible organisation which strongly believes in environmental protection and sustainable development, we recommend the following ten steps you can take up today:

1. Plant a tree
It can be in your garden or a local park in your neighbourhood. Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cleans pollution, secures soil in place to prevent erosion, and provides homes for a lot of biodiversity.zophop-app-blog-earthday

2. Learn about the environment
Pick up a book from your local library or watch a video on Youtube or attend any local earth day events to learn more about environmental issues like pollution, endangered species, climate change, recycling, etc.

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3. Organise sessions in your place of work
 If you are a teacher, you can conduct sessions or hold workshops about environmental issues in your school. If you work in a company, you can sensitize your co-employees about the same.zophop-app-blog-earthday

4. Take a pledge to recycle, reduce and resuse
This involves simple actions such as buying only as much as required, not wasting food, carrying cloth bags when going for grocery shopping and saying no to plastic.

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5. Give away things you don’t need
Many a times we buy things we don’t need or use. Instead of holding on to those things, give them away to people who could use them or donate them to local NGOs who can either use them or sell them for generating cash.zophop-app-blog-earthday

6. Spot-fixing
We all have this one spot in our neighborhood or near our workplace that’s filthy and avoided for years. Form a local group, and get together to fix that spot and turn it into something more useful and visibly attractive.

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7. Grow your own vegetables
If you are lucky enough to have a farm or a large garden in your house, we advise that you grow your vegetables and fruits. Space might be an issue in some cases but in most it just the wanting of will. Having a kitchen garden is a pure delight, also think of all the healthy and genuine food you will be eating sans the pesticides, insecticides etc.

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8. Create environmental-friendly policies
Encourage your employees to do simple things for environmental protection such as using less paper to dry their hands, switching off all the lights and fans when leaving from office at night, saving electricity by working together instead of working in separate rooms.

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9. Commute using a bicycle
Reduce air pollution by riding a bicycle. It is not only good for the environment, it will also keep you fit as a fiddle! Need a little more motivation to ride a bike? Read this then.

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10. Save water
There are several ways to save water. Instead of showering daily, use a bucket of water to bathe. While scrubbing hands or applying shaving foam on your face, turn off the water.Point-10 (2)


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