Awareness drive for residents to turn the city into 'No Garbage Zone'
Month of September '13 witnessed two of the prominent organizations of Noida engaged in enviroment friendly activities hosting a joint session. While one of them, All India kitchen Garden Association Noida aims at creating awareness about gardening and gardening methods, the other prominent one, Citizen Environment Improvement Society(CEIS), an NGO is actively engaged in turning biodegradable waste into vermi-composting. The meet was organised by CEIS and hosted by them at its own site in Sector 54 on 14th of September.
The event started with a welcome note by an executive committee member of CEIS Dr. Sonia Ahuja (Gateway apartments, Sec 51) followed by introductory speech of Mr Chopra of CEIS. The guests of honour were Mr. Chaturvedi: Ex ACEO, Noida Authority and Ex-President of CEIS, Mrs. & Mr. P. S. Sodhi: Head of Center for Environment Education, New Delhi and National Coordinator for small grant programs of UNO., Mrs & Dr. B. P. Saxena: Director of Indian Scoiety of Cacti & Succulents., Mrs. Veena Nagpal: Director, Environment Education Promoter, NOIDA.
Capt. Rajveer Rohilla from CEIS spoke and demonstrated methods of turning kitchen and garden waste into useful compost manure at the convenience of one's own house. He stressed upon the need for recycling the degradable kitchen and garden waste at the source i.e at an individual's own house. This small effort at individual level will immensely contribute in reducing burden on our landfills and environment.
Thereafter, Mr. Pawa, an expert on herbal plantation, who volunteers his services to CEIS for the promotion of herb gardening, spoke and demonstrated about the uses and plantation of herbs in home gardens. Commander Mathur ,an expert on vermi composting demonstrated vermi composting methods. He stated benefits of vermi compost manure compared to other compost manures and how it improves fertility of the soil.
Guest of honor, Mr.Sodhi gave finer points on benefits and uses of organic gardening. The highlight of his speech was on inculcating love towards plants in young children by involving them in growing vegetables and fruits in home gardens. He endorsed the use of vermi-compost manure by narrating how his own farm yield grew manifold by the use of this manure.
People from all over Noida participated in the meet. Some of the attendees were Vimla Katiyar, Commander Arun Sachdev, Uma Avasthi, Kusum Mehta and Ravina Suri from sector 25, Madhu Chopra,Chandralekha Bajaj, Nirmaljeet Amrit from sector 37, Dipika Goel and Madhuri Agrawal from sector 41, Neelam gupta and Rita Jindal from sector 44.
The meet ended with the vote of thanks by the CEIS president , Commander V.K. Nagpal. In his ending note he insisted upon turning all the sectors of NOIDA into 'NO Garbage Zones' and assured all help from CEIS to any individuals and RWAs for this cause. This was followed by refreshments. The event was quite successful and appreciated by all.