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Earth Day : Nature lovers in Pune explore ways to protect the planet

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 7:31am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

As NGOs and environment activists across the city gather to conserve and protect our planet, dna explores the various ways to contribute.

Pune: Conservation and protection of mother earth is not a day long activity, and proving it correct this 'Earth Day', city-based NGOs and citizens, are investing in long term efforts and effects of the ecosystem.
To pause and have an insight into the needs of not only the earth but the various species we coexist with, 'Sustainability Initiatives', a local NGO, has drawn up a unique fun filled activity. Walk around the beautiful lake of Pashan in the early hours of the morning while marveling at the glorious birds chirping around, in company of experts guiding about the exotic migratory birds, their habitats and more.
"In association with Western Routes and Sanctuary Asia magazine, we are organising this bird walk wherein experts like Jayesh Paranjpe will educate the visitors on not only the fauna but the flora around," said Shraddha Zende who works with Sustainability Initiatives.
The enlightening nature walk is open to all and free of cost and it begins at 6.30 in the morning till 8.30 am.
The concern for the visiting as well as residing birds of Pune is shared by another environmental NGO called Tree Public.
"With summer round the corner, most of the birds are deprived of food and water in their natural habitat and in this scenario it is necessary that the people of the city share the concern to do their part for these creatures," said Sanjay Reddy of Tree Public.
According to him, artificial feeder is the solution, hence they are conducting a 'bird feeding workshop' whereby people are educated using a model bird feeder. "These feeders are easy to make and they can be put in the terrace or balcony filled with grains and water," he added.
Reddy assures his workshop to be an insight about birds who are natural planters. "With the increase in the number of bird, we will mean more trees," said Reddy, whose workshop lasts conveniently in their office from 4 pm to 6 pm in the evening.
While birds are an integral part of the ecosystem, Earth Day's initiatives are incomplete without efforts for the flora. City-based social enterprise, Ecoexist, are making sure the 'trees of Kalyaninagar', which is also their blog for nature enthusiasts make a visible effort for the conservation of trees. Their endeavor is to start a project to map the documents regarding trees and at the same time celebrate and protect the generous being amongst us.
"To participate in this tree watch movement one needs to send in pictures of the trees in their vicinity, research information about each tree species, map the trees on a map of Kalyaninagar and spread the word around," said explained Manisha Gutman, the founder of Ecoexist.
According to Vinita Deshmukh, convener of 'Pune Tree Watch', every initiative taken forth on April 22 is keeping in mind the value of our planet and she wisely suggests our endeavor where unless and until citizens of the city proactively participate in the campaigns to conserve and uphold mother earth, theories can't be put into action."


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