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.     

Extra moments of the day :

LEAF Program – St Xavier School, Kalol, Mehasana

One day ecological program was conducted by GJEM’s Green The Blue Trust members I joined them from Tarumitra as collaborative

50 selected students from grade 8 & 9 are part of LEAF group (Leaders in Environmental Action Force) being equipped to tackle ecological problems emerged in 21st century. GJEM conducts on an average 8 full day programs annually

Day started with Tarumitra orientation and beat plastic pollution campaign by S Darshan from Tarumitra and After lunch Break Trupti conducted news paper bag making activity and developed circular nutrition kitchen garden also called GANGA-CHAKRA under guidance of Mrs. Archana Xavier in school campus.

Energy level and enthusiasm to undertake ecological solutions to curb human footprint among the LEAF members is exceptionally high. In lunch break two of the LEAF member Kalpit and Shubham of grade 9 & 8 respectively were found collecting plastic scattered in school campus and imprisoning in pet bottles. Students of St Xavier School, Kalol are using there leisure periods in school to make

Students enjoyed the News Paper bag, an alternative to plastic carry bags making activity presented by Trupti,. They promised to make at least 5 bags every day to be distributed at shops near by.

Lately all LEAF members gathered to develop a GANGA-CHAKRA. GANGA-CHAKRA is a circular garden with 3 meter of diameter divided in 9 parts for nine verities of vegetable. The circle is divided wit 8 reduces of 45 degrees each and inner circle with 1 meter radius is drawn from the center for the ninth part. Students were divided in 9 groups. Every group prepared their own area in the GANGA-CHAKRA brought water to irrigate it and sowed vegetable seeds of their own choice brought by LEAF Team.

Students sounded enthusiastic with their own initiatives in the school campus and are determined to propagate ecological solutions in locality. Few students expressed their desire to replicate GANGA-CHAKRA at there home.

Ecological Orientation in Meghalaya: Abode of the rain clouds

Tarumitra was invited to Shillong the capital city of Meghalaya! A team consisting of Devopriya Dutta and Shweta Kumari spent a week in the city meeting with students and staff of a hundred year old St. Mary’s School and St. Mary’s Degree College. They came back very excited seeing the good will and bubbliing energy of the students.

Solutions to combat plastic pollution by a possible habit change was well addressed by Miss Asha, B.A. IIIrd year of St. Mary’s College.

A weeklong ecological awareness program in St. Mary’s College started on 24th of July and Tarumitra team of Devopriya and Shweta kept themselves busy every day for a week.

St, Mary's Campus

St, Mary’s Campus

on 25th of July. St. Mary’s College had invited Tarumitra to interact with thestudents for ecological awareness program and design action plans to assist Mother Earth.

Vice Principal of College & Chief  Conservator of Forest, Meghalaya accompanied by Tarumitra team.

Vice Principal of College & Chief Conservator of Forest, Meghalaya accompanied by Tarumitra team.

Function started with the inauguration ceremony on 25 th of July
where the Chief guests Chief Conservator of Forest of Meghalaya and DeputyComissioner of Khasi region, Meghalaya. Tarumitra’s Devopriya Dutta and Shweta were the resource people.

Dr. Sr. Mary Harriet receiving sapling

Dr. Sr. Mary Harriet receiving sapling

Tarumitra handed over green saplings all the way from Patna, Bihar for the green inaugural. The Principal of St.Mary’s College, Dr. Sister Mary Harriet welcomed one and all.

Devopriya Dutta's brainstorming session

Devopriya Dutta’s brainstorming session

Next day from 26th of July Tarumitra started interacting with students of different departments on daily basis, four sessions a day. Introduction of Tarumitra was common part in all the sessions followed by different action plans like Eco brick, seed bombs, street play, flash mob, brain storming session. Tarumitra covered nearly 3000 students in the college comprising of 19 departments.

Tarumitra was also successful in conducting a green morning assembly for 1900 students In St. Mary’ school where everybody took pledge to save Mother Earth. Interactive sessions with the students and staff including the Principal, sister Sonia was one of the highlights of green orientation in the school which lasted for an hour.

Sunday well spent with 100 kids of St. Mary's Home

Sunday well spent with 100 kids of St. Mary’s Home.

During the week long ecological programme, a visit was made to the
orphanage of St. Mary’s convent which turned out to be one of the best
sessions of Shillong’s ecological trip. The kids were really happy to know about Tarumitra Friends of Trees and all of them after an orientation about the campaigns of Tarumitra, said that we the people are the reason for all the problems like global warming, climate change, pollution and its we the people only who can come up with solutions.

Eco friendly Administrative & Management staff of St Mary's college along with  Tarumitra Delegates

Eco friendly Administrative & Management staff of St Mary’s college along with Tarumitra Delegates

A weeklong tour came to an end where teachers of the college presented the green report . The teachers proposed to make a green belt in the college for rare and medicinal plants along with beating the plastic pollution by
prohibiting the use of single use plastics at least in the college premises.

Action plan designed by students on ecological theme

Action plan designed by students on ecological theme

Even the students of the college for the very first time did a street play, performed flash mob, sang earth songs and came up with beautiful posters with eco friendly messages and slogans.





Monsoon Tree Plantation at Amar Jyoti School, Bodhgaya

Under guidance of proactive and dynamic Principal of Amar Jyoti School, Bodhgaya Sr. Kavita various species of trees (Karanj, Neem, Ashok, Arjun, Sita Ashok, Amaltas, Bamboo, Tikoma, Harsingar, etc) were planted and adopted by 100 Students of Class IX & X along with their class teachers Mrs. Sima and Mrs. Usha respectively.

Tree plantation by students of Amar Jyoti School

Tree plantation by students of Amar Jyoti School

They  planted one sapling each around the boundary wall of school campus.These students will nourish and care for these trees in their early challenging stage of life with a selfless hope to provide shades for future students of Amar Jyoti School. This flambeau of students at such young age will motivate generations of students  to come in Amar Jyoti School.

Sapling distribution by Fr. Tony Penda to students of Amar Jyoti School

Sapling distribution by Fr. Tony Penda to students of Amar Jyoti School

Director of Tarumitra, Fr Tony Penda distributed saplings among students. Ms Margaret Molomoo shared her experience of greeting trees and talking with them. Students were excited to find trees as their new friends to talk all their secrets and nourish them in their leisure time at school.

Students concerned  about Plastic pots of saplings planted

Students concerned about Plastic pots of saplings planted

Students also sounded concerned about the disposal of plastic pots in dust-bins as from dustbins, it may leak in to environment to contaminate air, water and soil. In discussion to find an ecological way to dispose it, they learned EcoBrick an innovative measure to imprison single use plastic in PET bottles.