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At Earth5R we are working towards generating positive changes in urban spaces through collaboration, imagination and mindful living.
At Earth5R we are working towards generating positive changes in urban spaces through collaboration, imagination and mindful living.

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#Earth5R volunteers Rishika Jaiswal and Ritika Srivastava
visited a low income residential area.Since most people are migrants,the children are deprived of basic education and needs.
The volunteers we conducted a two-day workshop here
Day 1: Taught them the basics concepts of Mathematics.
Day 2: Second day we taught them paper bag making.
To substitute Plastic with Paper #Upcycling
They have assigned them with work to make more paper bags so that they may not lose the pace of learning.
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Coffee is the second most valued commodity exported by countries that are developing. So we at Earth5R found out a way of putting waste coffee to good use. Coffee art has been around for years, and it found its way to school classrooms and kids’ rooms as Earth5R conducted a Best out of waste coffee art workshop for school kids in Warje, Pune. The workshop focused on waste coffee art and recycling- to promote environmental education for children at Pune

Madhavi Ninganur and Sonam Sengar from team Earth5R Pune made a visit to Warje Slum Community to conduct the coffee art workshop for school kids. They taught the kids on how they could make paintings using coffee waste.

The workshop saw a great turnout of school kids as this was a novel activity for them. By the end of the session, all the kids had painted their own versions of coffee art. We told them about recycling and reusing various waste products, which they were almost too eager to implement.

Waste coffee can be a great medium of art, especially for the children living in slums who may not be able to afford paint. Recycling the coffee waste gives it a new life rather than letting the waste go to landfills.

It’s important to promote environmental education for children for a good foundation. These children eventually make the future leaders and if they have learned about good environmental practices right from the childhood, they make better leaders who care about social and environmental impact.

The kids promised they would share their lessons with their friends soon as they got back home. That is the good thing about kids – curiosity and a restlessness to try all things new.

-Reported by Madhavi Ninganur, Edited by Shaivya Sahare

http://earth5r.com/coffee-art-and-recycling-environmental-education-for-children-at-pune/
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Front page of a Pune local newspaper read- “ The (water treatment) plant has almost 50%-55% efficiency of treating waste water and remaining untreated effluents are usually discharged into the rivers directly. Mula-Mutha River is one of the major vulnerable rivers of Pune city.”

Praniti Shinde from Sholapur, pointed out that open defecation on the riverbanks, inadequate sewage treatment, and release of untreated domestic wastewater has turned the river into a sewage water carrier. Mula Mutha River further supplies water to Ujani dam, and this dam supplies drinking water to several parts of Solapur district. Hence, the importance of cleaning this river cannot be understated.

Hence, the importance of cleaning this river cannot be understated.

On the occasion of International Coastal Clean Up Day on 17th September, Hexaware Technologies joined hands with Earth5R, to clean up the banks of this river.

The work started early morning with all eager volunteers gathered near the river. There were three members from the Earth5R team- Madhavi Ninganur, Sonam Sengar , Shriyam Jalan and around 15 members from Hexaware. The event initiated with a small EarthTalk delivered by Sonam Sengar propounding on the history of the river and how it is an important resource to the residents there.

Ideas such as creative waste management which includes turning waste into everyday usable items, also referred to as Upcycling, was discussed. Creative waste management also helps in income generation for the economically backward.

Divided in teams, the participants split up to clean up different areas. Recycled plastic bags were used to collect the garbage.

Since it was just next day after the visarjan, the waste from religious rituals could be seen along with plastic debris all around. It felt fulfilling to take the effort and contribute for a positive change. Clean up work continued for more than two hours.

It was inspiring to see that the clean up participants were not just the company’s young employees, but the seniors too came with the same enthusiasm.

During the activity, Madhavi went about interviewing everyone regarding the experience. Everyone put forward their points as to what made them get up in the morning to take this tedious task up; why are they particularly cleaning the river and what were their expectations from youth of our country. It was great to hear such varied opinions.

On the other side of the river, there were slum dwellers cooking their meals and washing clothes at the same place. Seeing this the volunteers educated them about hygienic living and deadly diseases like dengue and chikungunya fever.

The garbage bags were then collected and loaded in the Municipality bins.

Cleaning our surroundings once in a year won’t solve the issues, it should be an everyday practice that will take the country towards a healthy living and picturesque environments are the additional benefits. Cleaning up the already polluted lands and rivers can be something to start with and it feels great to have taken a step in that direction.

Imagine 1.3 billion people decide to keep their surroundings clean from today itself! Let’s set up an example for the world; United efforts lead to success.

–Reported by Madhavi Ninganur and Sonam Sengar, Edited by Anushka Mehta, Photos by Madhavi Ninganur

http://earth5r.com/cleanup-at-mula-mutha-river-pune-by-hexaware-technologies/
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“The ocean touches you in every way. With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you are connected to the ocean.” – Sylvia Alice Earle, Marine Biologist

It is a commonplace that the sea levels are rising due to global warming and now man is causing such deleterious effects such as harming the living resources and marine life, hazards to human health, hindrance to marine activities, including fishing and other legitimate uses of the sea, impairment of quality for use of the sea water and reduction of amenities.
About 34% of India’s mangroves were destroyed during 1950-2000 (although substantial restoration has taken place over the past 10 years); almost all coral areas are threatened, marine fish stocks are declining and several species of ornamental fish are fast disappearing. Not just this, the health of people living nearby and the local economies are at stake!
This year, on September 17 which sees the International Coast Cleanup Day, many beaches across the country saw volunteers coming in hordes for cleanups; especially to clean the post-visarjan mess.

The team of Hexaware Technologies Limited paired up with Earth5R, for the mission to restore Juhu beach, which, after bidding adieu to Load Ganesha, could be mistaken for a dumping ground. No kidding!

About 37 employees from Hexaware Technologies participated in the activity with volunteers from the Earth5R team including Saurabh Gupta, the founder and CEO and Sunny Singh, the product designer for Earth5R , Akshita Shah and Ramesh Zaru.

The team gathered at the beach at 9 A.M. To begin with the session, the founder of Earth5R, Saurabh Gupta introduced Hexaware team to the creative waste management initiatives like Coffee Dolls which is a Social Entrepreneurship project of Earth5R that aims at providing livelihood to women living in slums across India, along with financial literacy. This project has impact triple-fold – Social, environmental and economic.

With big garbage bags and even bigger enthusiasm, they set out to get their hands dirty.
For the sake of convenience and fun, the whole bunch was divided into four teams. Each team occupied a specific portion of the beach. It poured, it was humid, but the volunteers were determined

They also encouraged people around to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the coastal area.
The volunteers were fully satisfied with the amazing outcome. The activity ended at 11:30 A.M. after which the employees shared their experience and feedback on with the Earth5R team.

Earth5R would like to thank the following people from Hexaware Technologies for such great participation and enthusiasm that made the event a riveting success:
Amberin Memon, Amit Singh, Pooja Singh, Safaan Companywalla, Prachi Jain, Sujeet Poojari, Palak Jain, Abhinandan Mahata, Arun Devadiga, Srikrishna Chaudhary, Ather Hussain, Sandeep Shukla, Akanksha Khandare, Sanjit Kumar, Amol Vhogal, Srikant Nangare, Tania Chatterjee, Sangip Sen, Srishti, Lokesh R, Deepshika Konija, Parag Harnaikar, Akanksha Vashisht, Vishal Ramsing, Amit Auchare, Neha Auchar, Shweta Sharda, Deepti Sanil, Sopan Kadam, Praveen Shetty, Pratibha Banginawar, Gurmit Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Parul Bhandari, Jacob P U , Haresh Lulla, Nilay Jhala and Wilfred Ferrao.

– Reported by Akshita Shah, Edited by Anushka Mehta, Photos by Akshita Shah, Saurabh Gupta and Ramesh Zaru

http://earth5r.com/coastal-cleanup-at-juhu-beach-by-hexaware-technologies/
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28th July marks the World Nature Conservation Day. It is a day when we are once again reminded of the sustainability goals and are motivated towards taking productive steps in this direction. Himalaya Drug Company is one of the top players in Herbal Healthcare and Wellness and is also known for its excellence in environmental management. To bring awareness amongst the employees, the Earth5R team on this day was called to the Bangalore office to commemorate World Nature Conservation Day at Himalaya Drug Company.

The program was organised by Antaash Sheikh and Anup Rajendra from the CSR team of Himalaya Drug Company.

Earth5R team included Saurabh Gupta – an adept environmentalist and Founder of Earth5R, Hemal Ingle who is a Miss Earth India, 2016 (Finalist) and Syed M. Hussaini, a volunteer at Earth5R, Bangalore. The aim of the program was to promote ideals of conservation of various species of wildlife, vegetation, natural resources and our planet as a whole. The activities were meticulously sketched and involved learning through interaction, quiz and role play activities.


Staying in the corporate sector, one may easily find themselves losing touch with the happenings and developments of the environmental world; hence, it was difficult for the Earth5R team to break the ice with them and make these issues sound more relative than they think. The session began with a quiz on school level nature and geology facts. And no, it was not as easy as it sounds; this activity left everyone scratching their heads. Initially, all the 150 employees participated for selection, out of which 9 members were selected for the next round.

The 9 members were then put into groups of 3 after which they played the multiple choice round. The selected teams proceeded towards the audio round. Keeping the audience indulged, this round required the team members to identify the audio clip correctly. The clip contained sounds of various animals and the team which guessed the right answer would progress to the finale.

The team members had to identify commonly heard nature sounds, testing them on how aware they are to their surrounding natural noises. The final round was named the ‘Round of Knowledge’ which was a visual round, wherein on correctly identifying the image shown to the teams, the winners of the quiz were declared. The second activity that ensued after this was the Animal Role Play Round.

This activity was enjoyed the most by the employees present and it led to them bringing out the forgotten child in them. As the name suggests, it was a group activity where each of the groups was allotted an animal that they had to create awareness about by getting into the skin of these animals. By using tools of their choice, they showcased the problems and threats felt by these animals either by paper presentations or group enactment. Each team was allotted 15 minutes for researching prior to their portrayal; after which each came up with unique methods to present unique cases of their animals.

The role play put many ideas on the table that were previously unknown. Saurabh Gupta summed up the event with a message to all the employees – optimally, judiciously utilize the resources gifted to us by Mother Nature – which was followed by a vote of thanks to the Himalaya Drug Company for giving Earth5R the opportunity to spread the message on such a great platform.

–Reported by Hemal Ingle, Edited by Anushka Mehta

http://earth5r.com/world-nature-conservation-day-himalaya-drug-company-bangalore/
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Not everybody has similar problems or comes from a similar background as we do. There are people who have been in circumstances we might not thoroughly understand. When we go out and talk to these people and try to educate them about the environmental problems, many of them do not see it as something they should be bothered about. Which is precisely what happened when Sonam Sengar from Earth5R went to a community in Karve Nagar to provide environmental education for slum residents in Pune.

It is hard to understand the mindset of slum residents unless one goes and interacts with them. So it was a very different experience for her. As Sonam got to Karve Nagar, there was a huge group of women playing poker and apparently fighting over it. When she tried talking to them about the environmental issues, they refused to listen and made it clear that they were least concerned about the environmental issues. It was not an easy task to talk to them and explain the agenda behind the visit. This visit makes us realize how important it is to change the mindset of people towards such environmental issues via some sort of interactive sessions on environmental education. It is equally important to get to the root of the cause and understand exactly why slum residents are least bothered about environmental issues.

Later on in the day, Sonam met another group of women who seemed interested in what she had to say. She educated them about the health issues they could be facing from burning plastic and wood. She discussed with them the ill effects of asbestos roofing. She spoke about financial literacy and guided the residents through Earth5R’s social entrepreneurship program. She educated them on how they could turn waste products into something productive.

This waste-to-creative training can be a great way to solve their financial problems. The environmental education session was aimed at taking the first step towards a sustainable livelihood.

– Reported by Sonam Sengar, Edited by Shivaya Sahare

http://earth5r.com/environmental-education-for-slum-residents-in-pune/
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Coffee is the second most valued commodity exported by countries that are developing. So we at Earth5R found out a way of putting waste coffee to good use. Coffee art has been around for years, and it found its way to school classrooms and kids’ rooms as Earth5R conducted a Best out of waste coffee art workshop for school kids in Warje, Pune. The workshop focused on waste coffee art and recycling- to promote environmental education for children at Pune

Madhavi Ninganur and Sonam Sengar from team Earth5R Pune made a visit to Warje Slum Community to conduct the coffee art workshop for school kids. They taught the kids on how they could make paintings using coffee waste.

The workshop saw a great turnout of school kids as this was a novel activity for them. By the end of the session, all the kids had painted their own versions of coffee art. We told them about recycling and reusing various waste products, which they were almost too eager to implement.

Waste coffee can be a great medium of art, especially for the children living in slums who may not be able to afford paint. Recycling the coffee waste gives it a new life rather than letting the waste go to landfills.

It’s important to promote environmental education for children for a good foundation. These children eventually make the future leaders and if they have learned about good environmental practices right from the childhood, they make better leaders who care about social and environmental impact.

The kids promised they would share their lessons with their friends soon as they got back home. That is the good thing about kids – curiosity and a restlessness to try all things new.

-Reported by Madhavi Ninganur, Edited by Shaivya Sahare


http://earth5r.com/coffee-art-and-recycling-environmental-education-for-children-at-pune/
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In India, every single day 40,000 people migrate from villages to cities due to climate change and depleting natural resources.
A majority of them often end up in slums. As of now 65% of Mumbai and 52% of Delhi lives in slums.
The only way to solve this problem is by creating sustainable livelihood in villages.
Here is a short documentary on first ever sustainability ride to villages for women empowerment by Earth5R.
The team bicycled 260 KM across 4 villages in route from Mumbai to Pune in the Western India.
Earth5R team conducted creative waste management training, financial literacy, and social entrepreneurship program for the women in these villages.
The team also laid emphasis on market building and created a rural to urban supply chain for their art products created out of waste.
https://youtu.be/LhZRUoDYpCc
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Social Entrepreneurship And Recycling Workshop In Goa by Earth5R
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Standing up for #Sustainability Earth5R story in Absolute India News #SocEnt #SocialEntrepreneurship #Volunteerism
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