Keeping up social responsibilities for environment conservation and management
Carbon emissions are the harmful gases we release into the environment as a natural part of our day to day lives. Travel, household appliances and numerous other activities emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, which means that it contributes to global warming or the greenhouse effect. Reducing carbon emissions is essential in slowing down and stopping global warming.
Carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas, however it is the one that has the most negative effect on the environment and contributes the most to global warming. It is important to reduce all greenhouse gases, however reducing carbon dioxide will have the most significant effect.
Carbon offsetting is the term used to describe any positive steps that are taken to reduce carbon dioxide in the environment. These include the planting of trees or the preservation of woodland. Trees are important as they reduce CO2 by a process known as carbon sequestration, meaning they breathe in CO2 and exhale harmless oxygen.
In recent past many development progresses have resulted in severe deterioration of Environment. Serious thought and proper strategy are needed in preserving, conserving, and managing the environmental challenges. It is also necessary to develop awareness and understanding in the youths of the country towards the importance of environment conservation because then only a safe future can be imagined.
Many rallies, seminars, workshops etc. are organised every year for environment conservation but " How to proceed ?" and "What to do?" remain unanswered many times as a result, effects of such programmes are fewer seen on ground.
M.P. Water and Land Management Institute, Bhopal has made an intervention in this regard and started organizing technical workshops for the youths of various colleges of the city. In these workshops besides awareness generating sessions of various resource persons on environment security and conservation, technical information to the participants on "Do it yourself (DIY)" mode was also given. This is followed by practical sessions, during which participants were asked to practice the information gained on scientific technologies at the demonstration farm of the Institute.
On July 27, 2018, the Institute organised "Technique-Based Workshop on Plantation" at the Demonstration farm, in which participants from various colleges of Bhopal, Nehru Yuva Kendra, IDBI Bank, SBI Bank etc. participated. The officers and staff of the institute also participated in the workshop.
Simple, correct and Land type based techniques of plantation were described and demonstrated in the workshop. Selection of plants species as per land capability and their plantation techniques was also described. Species of plants, their requirements and practical methods of plantation in wastelands were also informed. Plantation work was carried out by the participants in different land categories at the demonstration farm. By way of doing so, Institute was also benefitted economically as the labour component was saved in plantation work.
Looking at the success of the workshop various other institutions are approaching WALMI to organise more such workshops for their institutions.
Similarly, in order to extend the technology of "Waste Management" to the common man, a workshop on "Waste Management Technology" was organised on September 29, 2018 during the Cleanliness Week (Swachhata Pakhwada). In the workshop participants/students from various colleges learnt the techniques of waste management. The weeds obtained from inter-culture operations in the demonstration farm of the institute were processed for conversion into compost by various methods. Important methods of compost making viz. Nadep, Vermi-Compost, Bangalore Method, Indore Method etc. were described to the participants. The workshop was organised free of cost as a CSR activity in which institute's staff members also participated.
Such technology-based workshops have proven to be very useful and effective and based on the positive feedback received from these workshops, the Institute is planning to organise more number of such workshops.