Monthly Archives: April 2018

Thiruvananthapuram’s two faces of sustainability…!

Growing environmental awareness on one hand, evident by markings on roads and public places…while fumes smelling of mixed garbage, emanating now and then from between the lush green cover…these are the two contrasting scenes as one travels around Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala.

While initiatives like the Red FM Plastic Challenge are aiming at creating awareness on recycling plastics, plastics are being mixed up in household garbage and burnt up…

We have initiatives by the Corporation of Trivandrum, like the Green Army, Green Protocol, bio-composting bins and others , which are meant for including all sections of the society into the process of solid waste management. Further, all major supermarkets promote use of cloth bags while use of plastics for the purpose of packing and carrying stuff have been minimized. (Source: Corporation of Trivandrum)

These developments show that even though waste management in Thiruvananthapuram is not ideal, the city still has a chance to save itself from going down the way, like most other Indian metros… It can still be a city NOT weighed down by its own waste!

 

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Life is all about change…

Well, it was about an year back when we moved back from a foreign land to India, our home country, specifically to Mumbai.

Mumbai is a vibrant city with lights, colors, opportunities, and of course, lots of people :)! Time flew by, as I got into the process of making adjustments for myself and family…be it in terms of work or caring for children or helping them adjust in new environment at home and school…not to forget, participation and enjoyment in multiplicity of festivals and social events.

However,  travelling in Mumbai felt like a challenge due to air pollution and poor quality of roads. Local trains are still the most efficient mode of commutation…yet, they are reserved only for the millions of  brave-hearts commuting daily, especially during rush hours.

My children faced ups and downs in the process of growing up…and I must admit, some phases were particularly difficult, this year.

The new school of my daughter was not up to the mark. Sadly, everywhere, the schools being not up to mark has become a trend, rather than an exception. As a parent, I tried to proactively collaborate with school authorities to make necessary improvements.

My other child started going to playschool. However, it was tough for him…and needless to say, for me to get him adjusted! After a month or so, things started looking up!

I took up a ‘work from home’ freelancing work opportunity! However, while freelancing gives the flexibility required by a mother with two small kids to take care of, it is also difficult as there is no ‘free time’, one can reclaim for work purpose. Somehow, slowly, things improved.

And, while all this was happening, we shifted to a new city! 🙂

Basically, two years, 2 countries and 3 cities…Life is all about change…! Looking forward to another fascinating journey of life…

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My endeavor to spread eco-awareness through notice board in our locality!

Through display of creative posters contributed by children in our locality, on the notice board , I tried to touch on several relevant environmental issues –

  1. Air pollution (measured in terms of Air Quality Index sourced from Safar-AIR mobile app)
  2. Deforestation
  3. Water scarcity
  4. Need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3Rs)
  5. Waste mismanagement and need to segregate
  6. Solar energy as a viable, sustainable alternative to conventional energy sources

Hope it serves the purpose!

Thanks for going through the post!