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‘Kabadiwala’ inspired new age paperman : Video on a recycling campaign by Mathew Jose

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New age paperman, Mathew Jose, recycles paper, books and magazines bringing about a social change through this venture. Treating today’s newspapers that end up becoming tomorrows waste, he is attempting to change the way we see and treat waste.

His social venture ‘Paperman’ aims at creating a paper recycling revolution. In Chennai he has collaborated with schools, creating a recycle wall, where in students collect their paper waste and sell it to a paperman, and collect the money. Money raised by selling paper is donated to charity, giving the children a valuable life lesson. The students imbibe a culture of both social and environmental consciousness.

He encourages people to recycle paper and has also begun an online database where one can post and find a local paperman

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‘Lets catch the rain’: A fun way to learn about water harvesting

An innovative and fun way to learn more on saving rainwater!

Lets catch the rain

A book ‘Lets catch the rain’ delivers the simple message of catching rain where it falls. A short animation film on rainwater harvesting illustrates the how and why of rainwater harvesting. And for the enthusiasts there is a rain game where you win by catching raindrops and loose points when the rain goes down the drain!


A TedX talk on trash: Ribhu Vohra speaks on 'Garbology 101'- an educational toolkit to inspire children to be waste conscious

Source of video:Tedx Talks

How is trash produced, processed and consumed? What can an individual do to understand and be a part of a waste conscious society? Garbology 101, an educational toolkit uses fun tools to inspire children!

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Cost-effective urinals established for Musiri Boys High School, Trichy - A case-study of SCOPE's work

Guest post by: SCOPE
Forwarded to the Portal by: Ramesh Sakthivel

This article briefly describes the expreriences of SCOPE Trichy, under the UNICEF – IIT Delhi project, in setting up a pilot urinal facility in Musiri Boys High School, Trichy District, Tamilnadu, and the utilisation of the urine in agriculture.

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Small projects, big impacts: Micro and mini hydel projects of Himachal Pradesh

Article courtesy: Dams, Rivers and People, April-May 2011 Issue
Authors: Ramesh Ganeriwal and Atul Bhardwaj

Ramesh Ganeriwal and Atul Bharadwaj from Himachal Pradesh share their experiences on how badly planned micro and mini hydel projects can wreck havoc with local irrigation systems and ecosystems in Himachal Pradesh, despite their minuscule electricity generation.

Dead fish downstream a dry stretch caused by Gaj II project Photo: Ramesh GaneriwalDead fish downstream a dry stretch caused by Gaj II project
Photo: Ramesh Ganeriwal

According to Himurja, Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency, 509 Small Hydro Electric Projects (upto 5 MW capacity) with an aggregate capacity of 1299 MW have been allotted in Himachal Pradesh till March 2011. Out of these, 29 projects have been commissioned. Himachal Pradesh Fisheries Departments, has already processed the ‘No Objection Certificate’ applications for 232 small hydel projects, of which just 7 have been rejected (some of them have been dropped by the project proponent).  Most of these hydel projects are being developed by private players.Read More


The rape of Goa - A photo documentary by Rajan Parrikar (2008)

Author: Rajan P. Parrikar

This 30-minute photo documentary lays bare the criminal assault on Goa’s land by real estate sharks and mining mafias in collusion with corrupt state and national politicians. Goa, the last remaining redoubt of the pleasant, civilized life in India, now faces environmental ruin from indiscriminate construction and exploitation of its natural resources. Concomitant with this ruin is the imminent erasure of its sui generis identity and culture wrought by the uncontrolled influx of migrants from all over India. First released in May 2008, this documentary was screened in towns and cities all across Goa.Read More


Drop Shot - Photo Contest brought to you by Schools Water Portal

Drop Shot - Photo Contest

The Schools Water Portal is a section under the India Water Portal, an open, inclusive, web-based platform, for sharing water management knowledge amongst practitioners and the general public. It is a voluntary effort co-ordinated by Arghyam, a non-profit trust set up with a personal endowment from Ms. Rohini Nilekani, which works in the area of water.

The Schools Water Portal is organizing "Drop Shot - Photo Contest" for all the students above VIII std to XII std and the undergraduates (2 categories).Read More


Comics for a cause: The WaSH series

Guest Post by Tushar Gupta

Comics for entertainment, mythology, science, values etc. are common, However comics for a cause is something that was unheard until now. On 14 August,  a Bangalore based NGO CDL along with WaterAid India launched their comics for a cause called the WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) series.

As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, some one also said a comic is worth a thousand pictures. Cartoons have proved to be the best method to penetrate into young minds and make them realize even complex problems, often these young minds revert back with never thought before solutions. This was the ideology behind the WaSH series. WaSH is something that has been created for the young minds and have come out of similar young minds. Yes, WaSH characters and stories are ideas of children from rural and urban poor areas.


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Lifebuoy National Child Health Award

Image and Content Courtesy: Lifebuoy

Lifebuoy National Child Health Symposium (Lifebuoy NCHS) invite key NGOs, educationists, government and policy makers working in the areas such as Child Nutrition, Hygiene, Environment, Education and Social Space for the national seminar in August 2009.

Interested parties should submit a 15 slide presentation on any project that speaks of the success of your efforts. The presentation should cover the following.

1. Area of the child health you have touched on ( one of the five areas mentioned above e.g. hygiene )
2. Number of lives your effort has touched or transformed
3. Challenges you faced
4. Ideas implemented to overcome the challenges and deliver result
5. The result.. comparison of before an after
6. Recognition / awards / citations received so far or references of success

The closing date for receiving the entries is 5th August 2009Read More

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