Follow up to Environmental Concerns


June 5 has come and gone. World Environment Day as rightly tweeted by Emmanuel Macron is ‘a day a year to remind us our everyday responsibility to’ safeguard our environment. The need is as he further states to “Come here with us to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment.”

However, just a couple of days after World Environment Day the rapturous projections seemed to have suddenly dissipated. Is World Environment Day just a symbolic gesture for most of us? Don’t we need to stay focused on cleaning up our act?  The entire lead up to the big day should in fact keep us spurred all year round to undertake doable tasks. Environmental problems beset us all – from adverse rural backyard matters to ever-increasing urban issues – all need constant work.

Concern for environment is therefore a call for action that gets you physically out and moving to undertake planned approaches to preserve nature – all flora and fauna and to carefully manage our natural resources. This means we need to concertedly organize our actions to tackle fallouts of environmental issues that maybe inadvertently affecting us. This may be containing soil run off, rain water harvesting, use of efficient clean energy, greening our surroundings, planting trees and saving water. Like-minded groups and concerned communities should take up the cudgels to spell out the needs to make people aware of issues and how they can be handled.

This year in particular is all about connecting people to nature. This means you need to encourage more and more people to experience the outdoors. To become involved with conserving the planet hands on. Our efforts should be to show people by example how important it is to protect our Earth for the benefit of future generations. We need to keep track of what is going on around us and how we can be involved together on this global mission.

It’s a good thing that everyone today is motivated to plant trees. As important as this is it is equally essential to clean up surroundings. Environmental upgradation being the need of the hour it is going to be really important to raise the awareness on this count among the children. Knowledge of connectivity of natural world and our mutual interdependence is something we need to leave as a legacy. This is what will mold kids to take part in embracing and protecting the great outdoors.

Already majority of the rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate their dependence on natural resources. They know full well how nature provides their livelihoods by replenishing water tables and renewing soil fertility. But they are really among the first ones to suffer when ecosystems get threatened by pollution, over-exploitation, and climate change.

Nature’s bounties are really quite difficult to value in monetary terms. Like clean air which is simply taken for granted until smog and pollution makes it difficult for us to breathe. Or our shrinking water levels that makes scarce potable water. But now social scientists are devising ways to measure costs of our ‘ecosystem services’. We are being made conscious of our carbon footprint.

World Environment Day should rightly help us to start monitoring our carbon footprint. The amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere as a result of our activities. This can be screened by individuals, organizations, communities, countries at all levels to ensure checks and balances on lifestyles and operations for regulating carbon footprints. Let us then begin to keep a watch on our personal footprint to measure how large our it is and think of ways we can work to shrink this. Every day in every way!

HERD Foundation Observes World Environment Day


IMG_2096Never before than now, has the awareness and observance of World Environment Day been felt to be so very imperative. In the wake of the US rejection of the Paris Climate treaty it becomes all the more important to emphasize the negative effects of global warming. The World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Citizens all over the world are organizing all kinds of events – clean-up drives, social plantation and action to combat global warming.

From its genesis in 1972 World Environment Day that is celebrated on June 5, has grown in size and volume to become the biggest annual event to inspire positive environmental change and call for action. ‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

HERD Foundation observed World Environment Day to reinforce the fact that we have but one Earth which we need to protect and allow flourishing through corrective actions. For nearly half a century wayward industrialization and the modernization have ruined our natural resources. Each and every one of us has to do our bit to stop things sliding further down and getting out of hand.

To lay emphasis on our actions HERD Foundation planned the green theme for the day starting from wearing green colored clothes on this special day. We started off on a poster making competition that was organized and that had everyone putting down their version of the need to safeguard planet earth. The entrance wall to the office soon became bedecked in colorful posters drawing attention to the varied way in which each one interpreted call for action to work for protecting the Earth. After putting up the stunning display so enthusiastically, the entire staff was roped in to play the game of Web of Life. Farm manager Anil Khare coordinated the proceedings and facilitated the amazing connectedness and inter-dependency across nature, natural resources and the universe.

The summer interns who have joined HERD Foundation put up a spirited debate on the Paris Climate Treaty debacle by USA and it was engaging to hear out the pros and cons of Trumps withdrawal from the pact. Finally every one of the staff members publicly spelled out their commitment for the entire year as to the one positive action they would be undertaking to positively combat climate change and to remain connected with nature. The commitments have been recorded and displayed for reinforcement on daily basis. The first half of the day ended with a common luncheon party.

Year 2017 would be weaving in the Environment Day theme of going about being part of nature and to see how intimately we depend on it. The Environment Day observance undertook to challenge us all to find fun and excitement while working around the seriousness of the obligation. HERD Foundation remains committed to experience and cherish our vital connection and relationship with Mother Earth.