Conclusion of a 3-day workshop on the occasion
of World Environment Day: 3 - 5 June 2011
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women observed the World Environment Day on 5th June 2011
at their campus located at Bhamori. The program commenced at 10.00 am, which also marked the
conclusion of a three-day workshop on this year’s theme of United Nations’ UNEP: “Forests- Nature
at your Service”. The event was attended by 80 rural and tribal young tribal and rural women from 44
villages of Dhar, Alirajpur,  Khargone, Badwani, Dewas and Indore districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Guest was Ms. Soudamini Puranik,
(President, Innerwheel Club Uptown, Indore)
and the Guest of honour was Mr. Ajit Kelkar
(President, Abhinav Centre for Development
of Agricultural and Human Resources). Ms
Grace Kabel (Connecticut University, United
States of America) was the special guest and
Dr. (Mrs) Geeta Handa, (member of the board
of directors of the Institute) chaired the
program.
The program began with a group-prayer chanted
by the trainees. This was followed by welcoming
the guests by presenting artifacts made by the
Institute’s trainees. The Institute’s Director Mrs.
Tahera Jadhav, briefed the guests about the
institute’s activities, and highlighted the learnings
from the three-day workshop. She also spoke on
the spiritual responsibility of conserving the
environment as cited in the Baha’i Spiritual
writings. She praised the environmental efforts
initiated by (late) Mr. Jimmy McGilligan OBE, and
stated that the Institute will continue those
initiatives for environmental protection in the
future too.
Mrs. Soudamni Puranik highlighted the
importance of the day, and said that the
environment is in great danger if we don’t care
for it now. She elaborated on the harmful effects
of green house gases and said that these are a
major source of global warming. She stressed
on the need that we should care for the
environment not only on occasions like the
World Environment Day, but also in our
everyday lives, by becoming more sensitive
towards the environment.
Mr. Ajit Kelkar gave an interesting presentation on
organic farming, biogas, and about the harmful
effects of using chemical pesticides and inorganic
fertilizers. He said that the tribal and rural farming
communities need to adopt traditional methods of
farming and seed procurement so as to maintain
and enhance the productivity of the soil. He added
that the major cause of distress among the farmers
is the rising levels of pesticides in the soil leading to
more and more land becoming unproductive
.
Ms. Grace Kabel spoke on the alternative
sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
Elaborating on the utility of solar power she said
that the solar energy is the most efficient way of
adopting a sustainable way of energy use, as it is
available in all parts of the world, needs no
transportation and is very user friendly. She also
said that wind-power and hydel power are
coming up as alternative sources of renewable
energy, and have great potential in India in the
coming  years.
Highlighting the Institute’s commitment towards a sustainable lifestyle, Dr. Handa commended on the
environment-friendly practices being undertaken at the Institute.
The women-trainees shared their learnings from the 3-day workshop and spoke on various topics
related to environmental protection including cleanliness, planting trees, saving water, reuse of
materials, etc. They also presented tribal songs which signaled the urgent need for conserving water.
An innovative play was presented by the trainees in which they creatively expressed the activities
being undertaken at the institute and used their own local tribal dialect.
The Chief Operating Officer Mr.
Yogesh Jadhav presented the
vote of thanks, and presented a
video film which was specially
released by the United Nations
Environment Program on this
year’s theme of the world
Environment Day titled: “Forests
– Nature at your service”.
Guests and speakers addressing the women-trainees
during the world environment day
Trainees presenting a skit and a group song