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Oar-Boys Who Clean the Ganga

The Oar boys have been spreading messages about keeping Ganges clean.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 25, 2015)
Finding Shelter From The Flood

Mohamed Yunus offered 2 of his apartments to those seeking shelter from the rains.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 17, 2015)
Sikkim Could be 100% Organic by Year End

Under the banner of the Sikkim Organic Mission (SOM), constituted nearly 5 years ago, the small Himalayan state has ambitiously avowed to be one hundred per cent organic by the end of 2015.

( Source: theAlternative, Posted: Nov 16, 2015)
Disabled Boy to Award Winning Artist

Anjan Satheesh is hearing-impaired and has cerebral palsy. But neither of these conditions stopped him from following his dreams of being an artist.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 16, 2015)
The Seeds of Revolution

Deccan Development Society (DDS) is transforming the lives of villagers of Zaheerhabad, Telangana.

( Source: IndiaTogether, Posted: Nov 10, 2015)
25 Years and 36,000 Postcards on Health

For almost 25 years, Ramayogaiah wrote and sent postcards to India's poor, especially women, telling them about ways to prevent-rather than cure-diseases.

( Source: Quartz India, Posted: Nov 5, 2015)
Mysore Gets Blind Friendly Railway Station

Mysuru Railway Station has become the first railway station in India to be visually impaired friendly.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Nov 4, 2015)
Singing to Curb Farmer Suicides in Maharashtra

Vijaykumar Phad is the Deputy Divisional Commissioner (general administration) posted in Aurangabad divisional commissionerate. And he has taken it upon himself to do something to prevent the increasing number of farmer suicides in the region.

( Source: BetterIndia, Posted: Oct 28, 2015)
RBS Earth Heroes Awards-2015 conferred

The fifth edition of RBS Earth Heroes Awards confers Heroes of environment and wildlife conservation for 2015.

( Source: OneWorld, Posted: Oct 28, 2015)
Drumming up Change

Around 50 families of the Mirasi community, originally from a small village in Uttar Pradesh, hand craft a variety of intricately carved percussion instruments. SELCO Foundation empowers them with access to clean energy, design inputs for product diversification, and market linkages.

( Source: http://www.thealternative.in/business/selco-foundation-drumming-change-dholakwaale/, Posted: Oct 19, 2015)
Aware Girls Counter Extremism in Peshawar

Saba Ismail and Gulali are brave young people who belong to a network of about 300 activists from across northern Pakistan who peacefully oppose the Taliban.

( Source: dawn.com, Posted: Oct 14, 2015)
Waking Up to Birds

Sekar wakes up at 4 every morning, and by 6 am, hundreds of birds fly in to feed on the rice prepared by him. This simple, camera mechanic spends close to 40 percent of his monthly income to cater for around 3000 (4000 during the monsoons) birds every day.

( Source: thealternative.in, Posted: Oct 7, 2015)
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)
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