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Guardians of the Ghats

800 acres of forests in Western Ghats in the village of Umre are under conservation agreements in return for financial compensation.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Sep 30, 2015)
Car Free Tuesdays in Gurgaon

The idea is to give an experience of car-free streets to the people and persuade them to use sustainable modes of transport. It will save an average of 2.6 kg of greenhouse gas emissions per person per day.

( Source: The Hindu, Posted: Sep 23, 2015)
A Forest Revolutionary

Sumoni Jhodia sits outside her hut in Siriguda village. There is no trace of garbage around as far as the eye can see. Every home composts its waste. Siriguda has a school, a community hall, a fair price shop and a dam that they built themselves across a stream.

( Source: CivilSocietyOnline, Posted: Sep 15, 2015)
India free of maternal, neonatal tetanus, says WHO

The UN health agency has congratulated India on the eradication of the killer disease.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Sep 9, 2015)
These 'Hunger Heroes' are Feeding India's Poor Meals with Your Excess Food

He created a network of 750 Hunger Heroes in 20 cities, who have fed 2.5 lakh hungry people already.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Sep 2, 2015)
Making Classrooms from Old Scrapped Buses

Maharashtra government has decided to convert its scrapped state transport buses into schools for the children residing in the remote areas of the country.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 24, 2015)
The Man Who Lives a Completely Plastic Free Life

Bhim Rawat from Delhi has found a brilliant path. He has been living a plastic free life since the past 10 years. Bhim Rawat lives in Narela, Delhi and his life does not involve the use of plastic at all. From cutlery to furnishing, everything in his house is eco-friendly. He is 32-year-old and he has been living this way since 10 years now.

He uses neem twigs for a toothbrush and the paintings in his house are made of floral dyes. Food at his place is served on leaf or steel plates.


Source: Facebook
From powdered rock salt, stainless steel buckets and mugs, to cloth bags, bamboo cups, and rugs made from old gunny bags - he has an eco-friendly alternative for all things plastic. For his wedding, Bhim Rawat used calendars to make invitations and gave cloth bags as return gifts to his guests. He was a teacher and got inspired to take this path while teaching children about the issue. “When I first started working for the environment, I researched a lot and found that we are the ones destroying our home and killing wildlife. I realised that our lives can go on perfectly without plastic. So why not do so?” he told Hindustan Times. He now works with an NGO in Shalimar Bagh. He is also working on finding a way to compost toilet waste. Kudos to the man for his determination!

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( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Aug 23, 2015)
On A Mission to Reduce and Reuse Wasted Food

In a school with less than 1,000 students, the daily food waste was about 10 to 12 kilos. There are 300 schools in and around Coimbatore city so the food wasted is about 9 lakh kilos a year

( Source: rediff.com, Posted: Aug 18, 2015)
Lending with Kindness

Milaap, an online platform set up by three friends, links the working poor people who badly need funds with people who care to give them a loan.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Aug 11, 2015)
Saving Forests: Women Sentinels of Gunduribadi

The women of Gunduribadi, a small tribal village in Odisha, go out daily for thengapalli or forest patrolling around their village. They are also members of their Forest Protection Committee which decides how to manage the forest and its resources.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Aug 5, 2015)
Making Roads in Rural Orissa

As the Panchayat leader of Sarakana in Orissa, Soudamini Das is adored for making MGNREGA work available, ensuring the supply of drinking water and electricity to everyone and a Primary Health Care Center.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 29, 2015)
Building a DIY Sustainable Home

After spending a considerable amount of time researching, Priyashri and Nishita zeroed in on building an earth bag or cement bag roundhouse.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Jul 17, 2015)
A Rural Innovator Who Cares

Even in the absence of recognition, Rudra Narayan Mukherjee carries on his self-appointed mission that combines technology and social utility.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jul 14, 2015)
Golden Granny on a Cleanliness Drive

On her 100th birthday, Ahmedabad-based Rama Mali started a cleanliness drive in Kalupur. Inspired by Gandhi, Mali spreads awareness about cleanliness in her locality, distributes pamphlets and makes sure that people use dustbins.

( Source: TimesOf India, Posted: Jul 8, 2015)
Nirmal Kulkarni: Conserving Hotspots of Western Ghats

From documenting the awe-inspiring secrets of the Mhadei Bio Region to providing sustainable livelihoods to locals, Nirmal Kulkarni and his team are pushing every limit to save this gem in the Western Ghats.

( Source: http://www.thebetterindia.com/21256/in-photos-a-glimpse-of-diverse-mhadei-bio-region-wildlife-india-goa/, Posted: Jul 1, 2015)
Caring by Habit

Sridevi donates the money she gets from selling old newspapers, collected from homes, to two orphanages. The habit is an inheritance from her parents, who always took care of poor youth at their home.

( Source: TheWeekendLeader, Posted: Jun 24, 2015)
Happy Feet that Empower

In the heart of posh Bandra, Mumbai is a unique social enterprise business, a spa that helps its visually impaired therapists stand on their feet even as yours get much needed rest.

( Source: TheAlternative, Posted: Jun 16, 2015)
Saving Seeds and Avoiding Starvation

Thanks to Vijay Jadhari's Beej Bachao Andolan ('Save the Seeds' movement) in Uttarakhand, there is security as there is a good chance that at least some of the crops will survive the vagaries of nature.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 7, 2015)
This Retired Railway Employee has used his Pension to fill more than 1100 Potholes in Hyderabad

He starts his car every morning and roam across Hyderabad roads to repair the potholes. He has filled over 1,125 potholes so far and has exhausted his pension in this process. Know more about the amazing and selfless changemaker.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Jun 3, 2015)
Commitment to Support Blind in getting Eyesight Back

Bhaskar bhai's donation bank has been successful in supporting 1700 blind people to get eyesight so far.

( Source: MumbaiHindinews, Posted: May 26, 2015)
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