Name : Aayush Babu
Class : 10th
School : Don Bosco Academy, Patna.

Today we all know that we are suffering from an extremely contagious and viral phenomenon ‘COVID – 19’. But it’s not just covid-19 that has shaken the human race this year in fact there were many more disasters and catastrophes taking place this year such as ‘The Australian Bush fire’, ‘Earthquake in Turkey’ and talking about our country, the ferocious ‘Amphan’ that left no stone unturned in instilling fear and chaos and so did the cyclone Nisarga. But our togetherness and fellowship has kept us intact and our conviction of a better future, firm. Every night always precedes dawn and thus we should not forget that if there is a negative side there will be a positive side too. During this pandemic, our policemen, doctors and health workers are doing there job and completing their duty and so are we by doing our bit and staying at our homes. The positive side is that because of the global lockdown the pollution level has decreased and there is an advent of peace among the biodiversity. Cities such as Patna, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi which were rated red zones for their pollution level are now in green. The world population has also decreased ( due to death of the COVID – 19 patients ) which is a grave and profound loss but the silver lining to this cloud shows hope for sufficient and a frugal use of the natural resources in the future .Organisations such as Being Human, Smile Foundation and people like Mr. Sonu Sood showed us the true picture of mankind and the fact that happiness lies in uplifting each other and that it’s the only way to overcome global catastrophes.
Henceforth, if we all stay together and lend a helping hand in every way we can, we can overcome the perils and step towards a happy, safe and green earth.

Gentle Reminder

Water looks Rusty,
Trees seems Thirsty,,

We, Humans, act Dusty,
So, Nature’s turning Crusty,

To Save Life from Hunger,
& from Dying Thirsty .

We must Start Conserving,
Our Biological Diversity.

It’s Time for Sustainability,
and to Act Trustworthy ,

By Protecting Nature &
It’s Rich Biological Diversity.

🖋️Vish Ambala,
Believes in karma ideology,
Love playing cricket,
Poet ,
Life long learner of Climatology and Glaciology .
& Volunteer@Tarumitra India ,
Ambala, Haryana, INDIA

तुझे क्या कहूं ?

तुझे क्या कहूं
बीमारी कहूं कि बहार कहूं
पीड़ा कहूं कि त्यौहार कहूं
संतुलन कहूं कि संहार कहूं
कहो तुझे क्या कहूं

मानव जो उदंड था
पाप का प्रचंड था
सामर्थ का घमंड था
प्रकती को करता खंड खंड था

नदियां सारी त्रस्त थी
सड़के सारी व्यस्त थी
जंगलों में आग थी
हवाओं में राख थी
कोलाहल का स्वर था
खतरे मे हर जीवो का घर था

फिर अचानक तू आई
मृत्यु का खौफ लाई
मानवों को डराई
विज्ञान भी घबराई

लोग यूं मरने लगे
खुद को घरों में भरने लगे
इच्छाओं को सीमित करने लगे
प्रकृति से डरने लगे

अब लोग सारे बंद है
नदिया स्वच्छंद है
हवाओं में सुगंध है
वनों में आनंद है

जीव सारे मस्त हैं
वातावरण भी स्वस्थ है
पक्षी स्वरों में गा रहे
तितलियां इतरा रही

अब तुम ही कहो तुझे क्या कहूं

बीमारी कहूं कि बहार कहूं
पीड़ा कहूं कि त्यौहार कहूं
संतुलन कहूं कि संहार कहूं
कहो तुझे क्या कहूं..!

This poem is inscribed by Ranjan Kumar Mishra a Tarumitra volunteer and Biotechnology student of Maharaja college Arah, Bihar. He was in Tarumitra for Green Skill Development Program organized by CEECC-ADRI.

Synergise climate crisis initiatives and empower climate vulnerable community

Society of Sisters of St. Ann, Luzern in Vijayawada are working for upliftment of unmarried mothers, women, youth, landless and small farmers of marginalized communities since last 7 decades and have observed the catastrophe in the region. Sister Suguna Francis realized an urgent requirement of self sustainability programs, awareness, education and sustainable agriculture practices are required on a massive scale for these population to withstand impacts of climate change.

Climate change has emerged as the most pressing global challenge of the 21st century. Being a developing country India is both a major greenhouse gas emitter and one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to projected climate change. A decline in monsoon rainfall since the 1950s has already been observed. The country is experiencing changes in climate and the impacts of climate change such as water stress, heat waves and drought, severe storms and flash floods, and associated negative consequences on agriculture, food security, water scarcity, deforestation, health and livelihood. With a 1.2 billion but growing population and dependence on agriculture, India is severely impacted by continuing climate change. Uncertainties in monsoon is affecting farmers’ choices about which crops to plant and the timing of planting impacting reducing productivities.

In a country so prone to natural hazards, the welfare of those who are affected and who have limited means to recover will loom large under climate change. About a quarter of the population lives on less than Rs 50 a day; at least one-third face poverty, lack of educational opportunities and 60 percent are dependent upon agriculture for their livelihoods. Those who lack financial resources and adequate education and who depend on agriculture for sustenance and livelihood will be disadvantaged under climate change because they have few choices but continued dependence on shrinking or uncertain resources. An urgent demand of relief programs, awareness, education and skill development is required on a massive scale for these population to enable withstand impacts of climate change.

A pro women multi-sectorial, risk informed and shock responsive approach is designed to strengthen marginalized community and villages. An integrated program for food security, land management, water management and sanitation for better health through rural advisory services and farmer field education to equip women and youth with capabilities to tackle climate change. Foundation with 200 saplings have been laid on 3 acre land to develop it as bio-reserve.

Women of marginalized community were trained and involved in various integrated interactive sustainable practices and activities to enhance their knowledge and leadership qualities. These women, youth are to be promoted and supported to take leading role in enhancing lives of vulnerable communities members.

Eco Exposure Camp – LEAF Group, GJEM Gujarat

On December 10 2019 one day Eco exposure camp was organised for students from St Xavier School, Khambhat at GJEM 10 acre premises at Sevasi. Fr Saju Bastian from Hazaribag Province, GJEM teams and Films director Mr. Allwyn Rabella engaged students in various ecological activities and encourages them to write some stories for next project.

Fr Saju Bastian helped students explore eco-spirituality in our daily life and our symbiotic relation to nature and other fellow beings. Trupti and Nikunj coordinated students in kitchen garden, discussed issue of weed and pesticides in conventional farming. Students suggested a scientific solution to control weed “block sunlight to control germination on unwanted areas”. They collected all dried leaves and mulched the fields. Lately some students were also found making ecobricks with wrappers of eatable the brought with them.

Deputy Chief Minister Inaugurates Organic Rice Harvest Festival 2019

Report by

Devopriya Dutta

Patna 4th Dec: Jaivik Dhan Katni Mahotsav, the most eagerly awaited Organic Festival was celebrated by Tarumitra. More than 22 schools and colleges participated in this gala celebration.Shree Sushil Kumar Modi, the Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar was the Chief guest. 

Since 2011, Tarumitra has adopted organic way of cultivation. The entire rice sowing, harvesting and threshing works are done by school and college going students. 

The program started with Fr.Tony Pendanath, Director of Tarumitra welcoming the guests. The event started with sowing of seeds with the students chanting shloka from the Rigveda. Honourable Deputy Chief Minister was felicitated by students with green robes and Sita Ashok sapling.

The students of various schools and colleges threw light on the importance of organic and respect for Mother Earth with several speeches and action plans.

Then the school band procession led the guests with the gathering towards organic farm for harvesting. Deputy Chief Minister performed aarti in the farm. After performing the aarti as a reverence to Mother earth, he started Dhan Katni in Tarumitra’s organic farm, amidst harvesting song and slogans sung joyfully by all the students. 

The Honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi threw light on the agricultural landmark of the country specially Bihar. He said that our country is an agricultural economy and the heart lies in the nature. He said that this organic movement needs momentum for a healthy future and who better to spearhead it than the youth.

Since 2011 organic farming is being practiced in Tarumitra, where all the Sowing, Harvesting and Threshing is done by the students. It is an effort to strike an emotional chord between Mother Earth and students so they may practice and promote ecological sensitivity all around.

This is the ninth consecutive year of organic farming where system of rice intensification(SRI) method is used for growing rice. This year Bauna Mansuri(variety of Dhaan) has been harvested in 5 acres of organic farm of Tarumitra. Students had their share of experience, for some it was the first time entering into an organic farm for doing harvesting with sickle. 

Fr.Tony Pendanath, Director, Tarumitra said that organic should be promoted from home to school, from office to corporate houses to ensure better tomorrow. 

This is the 9th consecutive year that Tarumitra was celebrating organic festival and this year’s yield is likely to be record breaker. Several teachers, interns, and other volunteers and members of Tarumitra were also present during this program.     

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