Wednesday, 4 June 2014

World Environment Day

 World Environment Day 2014 falls on Thursday, 5th of June. This day is dedicated towards raising awareness on positive and sustainable environmental actions to protect the nature and thereby protecting the planet Earth at large. World Environment Day is an initiative of the United Nations to counter environmental issues like climate change, global warming and the like. The theme for World Environment Day 2014 is ‘Small Islands and Climate Change’ and the official slogan for World Environment Day 2014 is 'Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level’.

Safeguarding the environment is a responsibility of all its inhabitants. Apart from the initiatives of the United Nations and Governments of all the countries, this cause is taken up by many NGOs worldwide.  These NGOs work primarily towards sustaining the environment and spreading awareness about how at individual level each of us can bring about a change. World Environment Day gives a platform for change but it requires continuous effort at all levels to bring about a positive global change. The theme and slogan for this year’s World Environment Day makes it evident that participation of all is a much needed step to sustain our planet.

Apart from the NGOs whose core cause is environment sustainability, there are other NGOs like The Akshaya Patra Foundation who makes its effort towards contributing to the betterment of the environment while implementing its principle cause of providing mid-day meal at Government schools. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO that cooks up meals for 1.39 million meals every day for the children of Government schools. This Indian NGO encourages green initiatives at all its kitchens in 22 locations. One of its initiatives is the Biogas plant at Vasanthapura kitchen, a unit in the serving state of Karnataka. Apart from acting as an effective waste management project this plant has considerably reduced the usage of LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) for the purpose of cooking mid-day meal. Not just for World Environment Day, Akshaya Patra works towards green initiatives all through the year.

Working towards providing ‘unlimited food for education’, Akshaya Patra receives support from Central Government and State Governments along with benevolent donors. Amidst steering its activities towards its vision of “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”, it makes a conscious effort towards implementing eco-friendly practices. It welcomes partnerships that can aid in process improvement through green initiatives. Your participation and contribution goes a long way in achieving the vision of Akshaya Patra. On this World Environment Day, you can either choose to partner with this Foundation for a green initiative or donate to this charity. When you donate to the charity, you make a step towards a healthy and educated society. In turn, the conscientious citizens of the society will be aware and responsible enough to protect the environment.

Be a part in changing the society and the environment to make it more liveable.

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