Cruelty to Animals

Conversation between two pet dogs: Bob and Ollie. They are in the Park on their evening walk.

Bob – What’s up buddy?

Ollie – Very Well, bro! Today I got my favorite dog biscuits for breakfast. But Why are you looking so stressed?

Bob – Don’t you know about what’s happening these days?

Ollie – What happened, bro?

Bob – Last night, my master was watching the news and I was there playing with the kids. Then I heard this news that the Police have arrested two people on the charge of animal cruelty. They were taking 21 buffaloes to the slaughterhouse.

Ollie – What are you saying? Again? This is the third or fourth case of animal cruelty this month.

Bob – Yeah, I know. I still remember the video that went viral. In that video, some boys were beating a Gangetic Dolphin to death. That was dreadful.

Ollie – Don’t remind me of that incident bro. I wasn’t able to sleep for some days.

Bob – I don’t understand what these human beings want from us? We have never harmed them? So why are these people keep harming us? Don’t these people have Heart?

Ollie – You Know what bro? I thought that these people will change after that Pregnant Elephant Case.

Bob – Oh my God! That was brutal. These so-called human beings killed that innocent pregnant elephant by tricking her. They gave her the fruit stuffed with crackers and she ate that fruit and died.

Ollie – These people call themselves human. To me they are inhuman. They are the real animals.

Bob – You are right bro. These people have been constantly hurting and exploiting our animal community. You know, my masters are animal rights activists. Both husband and wife are writing a report on the Cruelty to Animals these days. They keep discussing the cases of animal cruelty during dinner and breakfast. That’s how I came to know that human history is filled with numerous examples of Animal Cruelty.

Ollie – Really? What were they saying?

Bob – They started their report by introducing the term Animal Cruelty. They were saying that animal cruelty means abusing and exploiting animals. They were discussing that “Section 428 and 429 of the IPC provides for punishment of all acts of cruelty such as killing and poisoning of animals.”

Ollie – You know when I used to live on the street. A drunk man used to throw stones at me every night. He used to drink daily and throw stones at me. I was lucky that my master found me one day and she brought me here in this family.

Bob – Yeah. You are right. My masters were also telling the same things. They were talking about Hunting and Poaching.

Ollie – Yeah. In old times people used to go hunting. They used to hunt innocent animals just for the sake of fun. And when Government has banned hunting so these days have started practicing Poaching. Earlier they were killing us for the sake of fun but now they are killing innocent animals and selling their different body parts as leather and ivory for the sake of Profit.

Bob – Not only that, these people use innocent animals like us in Circus and their programs as a showpiece. They put animals in the cage and starve them so that they can perform those activities to entertain the audience.

Ollie – (crying) These people have constantly disturbed our animal community. Even during their festivals, they keep harming us. During Holi, they throw colors at us. Believe me, those colors are so harsh and irritating on my skin. I was feeling like I was going to die. During their Diwali, they used to burn those dangerous crackers. I swear, this Diwali I was breathless because of the smoke. And during Makar Sankranti and Independence days, they fly kites using those sharp manjha. Last year there was news on the channel that so many birds got killed by those sharp manjha.

Bob – My masters were talking about animal testing.

Ollie – What is this animal testing?

Bob – Whenever these people discover any medicine, vaccine, or makeup product, they test those products on innocent animals like rats before testing on human beings. That what we call Animal Testing. Often these medicines and vaccines have side effects that lead these animals to suffer terribly. Sometimes they even die from these reactions.

Ollie – Really? How cruel? (starts crying)

Bob – Yeah buddy. I heard my masters saying there are so many cultural practices that promote cruelty to animals like animal sacrifice. But thankfully Indian Constitution has declared such practices illegal. I heard them talking about Jallikattu (a traditional practice). The Supreme Court held Jallikattu as an act of cruelty to bulls.

Ollie – But still, these kinds of practices are prevailing in some parts of the nation.

Bob – Yeah. You are right my friend. Our honorable Government and Supreme Government has provided us with lots of laws and rights. They have also mention punishments for these bad people. But these people don’t have any respect even for the Honorable Government.

Ollie – I was wondering that why do these human beings treat us with so much cruelty and violence? Don’t they realize that we too are living creatures? We too feel pain, we too feel hurt, we too have emotions. (still crying)

Bob – Relax bro. Don’t cry. These people see animals as objects. We are the objects. These people release their frustration and stress by throwing stones at us. We are the means of their entertainment, they got entertained by seeing us in zoos and circuses. We are the means of their income, they get so much money by selling our body parts (like hairs, skin, and tusk). We are the sacred objects for them, they sacrifice our heads during their rituals for their wish-fulfillment. We are so many things to them but living creatures….

Ollie – You are right, my friend. I thought after that Pregnant Elephant Case, the change will come. At that time lots of people were posting against animal cruelty. But still, nothing much has changed so far.

Bob – Yeah. These people hurt and harm us in so many ways in their daily lives that they don’t even realize? Rather than giving us food and shelter, they throw stones at us. They keep destroying forests, our home. They throw garbage into the rivers which causes water pollution and harms fishes and other water animals. They keep building big buildings and those cell phone towers which cause electromagnetic rays that kill birds. And the list will go on but these people will never change.

Ollie – It’s not like that. All people are not bad. Some people so kind and generous like my masters. People are getting aware of animal rights. There are so many organizations working for animal rights and safety like PETA and CFI.

Bob – Yeah you are right. But change will only come when everyone starts acknowledging us (animals) as living creatures. They should realize that we too need food and shelter and a bit of love and affection. We are not harmful. Nature has created all of us (human beings and animals) to coexist peacefully. They should realize that if they keep on killing animals then it will create an imbalance in the Ecosystem.

Ollie – We are so lucky that we got loving families who give us so much love and affection. But all those animals are not so lucky. I just hope that these people stop harming us.

Bob – I wish the same. Let’s go home. See you soon. Bye

Ollie – Bye bro.

P.S – Seva urges you to stop such kind of practices that harm innocent animals. We motivate you to keep loving animals. Please give them food, water, and shelter. Let’s be generous to animals and make the earth a better place for humans and animals to coexist peacefully.

Poverty Among Women

Seva as an organization has a mission to empower Tribal women of the National Sanjay Gandhi Park by making teaching them different vocational skills. Seva also provides them the opportunity to earn through their skills so that they can be self-sufficient and self-empowered. Through this blog, we would like to draw your attention towards the issue of poverty among women. Because we believe in making the change. The change will only come when everyone knows about the issue then only they will work towards the direction of changing it.

So, What is Poverty?

According to a common man, Poverty is a state in which one is unable to fulfill his/her basic needs. Lack of proper food and water, absence of a proper shelter, and lack of money, and lack of proper medical facilities can be called Poverty. But there are various standards through which organizations like The World Bank defines poverty.

“The World Bank defines poverty in absolute terms. The bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than US$1.90 per day and moderatepoverty as less than $3.10 a day.”

According to World Poverty Clock, about 7% of people of India’s population are living in extreme poverty and 53% of people who face poverty are women.

The above-mentioned data shows that there are more women than men suffering from Poverty. More than 50% of these women live in villages and rural areas.

But Why is it so? What are the reasons behind poverty among women?
  • And the answer is quite simple. The main reason behind the issue of Poverty among Women is ‘Gender Inequality’. Most of the women of poor families are working. Still, they are poor because they don’t get equal salaries as their fellow male workers. These women work harder on lower wages. Indian society is male-dominated and according to the norms of this patriarchal society, it’s the duty of men to earn the bread for the family. While women are considered as the caretakers of the home and their main duty should be doing household activities like cooking and taking care of children. And when these women go out to earn bread it is very hard for so-called patriarchs to digest the fact that they are working in an equal position to the men. Therefore, they pay lesser salaries to these working women. As these labor women are often uneducated they never raise their voice against this.
  • Studies have shown that women suffer more from poverty than men because of the lack of education and skills. Most of the time, poor families don’t have enough money to send their children to school. In this scenario, they send their boys to government schools and they don’t even send their girls to schools. Girls stay at home and help in the household chores, while the parents go out for work. Therefore, girls remain deprived of the education and the skills which later in their lives lead them to be not able to work or working on lower wages.
  • Most of the time, these women have some skills and proper education but because of their domestic responsibilities, they couldn’t get enough working hours. Less working hours lead to lesser salaries. Because of gender inequalities, these working women don’t get equal opportunities and same facilities as of their fellow male workers at their workplace.

Now the question arises that what are the effects and implications of this issue?

  • There are numerous implications of this particular issue. First of all, If the poverty among women keeps increasing then the gap between the two genders (men and women) will keep widening.
  • There is an old saying that if the woman of a family is empowered then she will surely empower her family member. Similarly, if a woman remains poor, the coming generation will also be poor. Due to poverty, most women don’t get the proper nutritional values and health facilities during their pregnancy and this will affect their child. Reports have shown that the main cause behind the increasing rate of malnutrition among children is poverty.
  • Seva believes that like men, women too have an equal amount of share in contributing to the      Economy. If women remain poor then it will affect the nation’s economic growth.
  • Poor women face exploitation and harassment in their workplace and because of their financial needs   they don’t raise their voice against this exploitation.
  • Sometimes the poverty can have adverse implications. Sometimes due to poverty and unemployment, these women shift to prostitution or they got trapped in human trafficking.

Now we have discussed the causes and effects of the issue. It’s time for discussing ways to reduce poverty among women.

  • The issue of poverty is severe not only for society but for the entire nation. Governments of many nations are working to reduce the poverty among women. Indian The Government has been running numerous campaigns like Beti Padhao Beti Bachao Yojana to educate girl children so that they can empower themselves. But it is the responsibility of parents to send their girl child to schools so that she can be educated and skilled. Indian Government has also reserved seats for women in government jobs.
  • These women should be given equal opportunities and proper facilities at their workplace. Families should acknowledge women’s contribution to household activities. Instead of restricting them from working, they should encourage their girls to go out for the job and appreciates them as bread-earner.
  • There are lots of Non-profit organizations like Seva that have been working for the empowerment of women by teaching them skills and providing them with opportunities for earning.

Seva believes that a woman has the ability to do anything. A woman is no lesser than a man. She can do anything. She can manage all the household chores, she can take care of the entire family, she can earn money and she can run her own business and she has the ability to work in the Government. All she needs is equal opportunities and a bit of acknowledgment and respect.

Endangered to Extinction – Saving Endangered Species from extinction

“In 2019, the IUCN Red List included 30,178 species that are threatened with extinction.”

“The data gathered by the WWF shows that between 0.01–0.1% of all species are lost every year — roughly 200 to 2,000 extinctions every year.”

“According to a study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, plants are disappearing at 500 times their natural rate.”

All of the above-mentioned news are related to Endangered Species. But what are these Endangered Species? According to the Oxford dictionary, the term Endangered is “used especially about groups of animals, plants, etc. at risk of no longer existing.” In common man’s language, Endangered Species are species of flora and fauna which are going to extinct soon. The IUCN has divided these endangered species into various categories i.e. Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, and Extinct. These categories are based on the extinction risk of thousands of species. Extinction of species is a common issue, we have been hearing about this for a long time through the newspapers, reports, news channels, and the internet. But we never pay much attention to it. As you all know SEVA is an organization that works primarily for the wildlife. And Today through this blog post we would like to move your attention to such a severe issue – Endangered Species.

As described earlier Endangered Species are the species that are on the verge of extinction. So, the question arises that why are these species going to extinction/ are on the verge of extinction? Various studies and researches have been conducted so far to reveal the answer to this particular question and there are multiple reasons behind the issue of endangered species. But two of the most important reasons are – Climate Change and Human Activity. Let us start with Climate Change. All of us have heard this story that dinosaurs were present on the Earth thousands of years ago and they have vanished because of climate change. This is actually true many species of flora and fauna have been extinct because there is no proper atmosphere for them to live in. Due to the increasing pollution climate is changing tremendously. And this climate change affects numerous species. These species could not adapt themselves to this climate change and slowly they start vanishing. The second most important reason is Human Activities Although in our opinion this is the most dangerous issue on earth. Human Activities like industrialization, urbanization, leads to deforestation (mass cutting of trees). Human for the sake profit wants to establish more and more industries and a point comes when he does not have more land to set up these industries so in his greed, he starts destroying the habitat (forests) of this precious flora and fauna. The loss of habitat contributes to the species goes on the verge of extinction. Not only industrialization but the increasing population also leads to deforestation. Pollution is increasing day by day and there is not enough land to build homes and to build home and for cultivation, people start capturing the land of forests. 

There are so many human activities that are dreadful for the wildlife and are the main cause behind the species going on the verge of extinction. The activities like huntingtrophy hunting, poaching,overharvesting, overfishing, overgrazing, Air pollution, water pollution. All these activities are the result of the over-ambitious nature of man, the tendency of overachieving is destroying our ecosystem.

“Red wolves could go extinct by 2026. – USA Today”
Red Wolf

Blackbuck, Snow Leopard, Gharial, Ganges Dolphin, Indian Bustard, Indian Pangolin, etc. These are some Indian species of wildlife that are announced as ‘Endangered’ or threatened by IUCN. But the endangered and threatened species are not limited to India only. Javan rhinos, Orangutans, Ivory-billed woodpecker, Giant Chinese Salamander are some examples of the critically endangered species of different parts of the world.

Snow Leopard
“In the previous 250 years, 571 species have been confirmed extinct.” – Live Science

The data and statistics regarding the endangered species are shocking. We come across these data and statistics frequently through newspapers and the internet but we don’t pay much attention to them. Now let us discuss the implications and consequences of the extinction of species. What will happen if this extinction of species continues? If the species continues to extinct, it will create an imbalance in the ecosystem. All the living creatures (humans, animals, birds, aquatic animals, insects, plants) are interconnected and interdependent with each other. All of these play a significant and unique role in the web of life. And if one of these species goes extinct then it will affect the entire ecosystem. Every species is important for a happy and healthy Ecosystem. 

World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, World Society for the Protection of Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), IUCN, etc. These are some of the most important organizations that are working hard for saving the various endangered species from extinction. Apart from these Governments of so many nations are running different programs for saving the species and numerous NGOs are working for the cause. Through this blog, SEVA wants to raise awareness among its readers about the issue of Endangered Species. It is high time that all of us start taking some steps for saving the endangered species from extinction. There are some ways in which we (as an individual) can contribute to this cause in our daily lives—

  • Planting trees – Planting more and more trees will control pollution and control climate change.
  • Don’t throw garbage on water bodies (rivers, ponds, sea,) – This will reduce water pollution and help aquatic animals to have a healthy habitat.
  • Eat less meat – Reduce eating meat or sea-food.
  • Use sustainable products – Use eco-friendly products. Don’t use leather bags or furniture made from rare wood. It will protect the environment and wildlife.

Apart from all these, the most important thing is to educate yourself and others on this issue. When we get to know about the horrible consequences of extinction then only they will start contributing to the cause. In the end, we as an organization promise that our mission to save wildlife will remain the same and in this mission, we will need your constant support. So let’s join hand to save the endangered species.

Making of Eco-friendly Cloth Bags

“In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic; in 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034.”

Many studies have shown that Plastic is one of the most harmful things for our environment. It has numerous deadly effects on civilization. Governments of so many nations have banned the use of plastic bags. Lots of NGOs are also working to curb the excessive use of plastic. In our daily life, we use plastic in the form of plastic bags or polythene. Indian Government itself has banned the use of these plastic bags so many times but still, there has never been a drastic change in the statistics in the usage of these plastic bags. I believe it is the responsibility of each and every citizen of the nation to reduce the use of plastic in their daily lives. SEVA has this mission to serve the mother Earth and in this mission, SEVA urges you to ditch the plastic and start using Eco-friendly products. Believe me, it is not at all expensive. SEVA believes in making affordable eco-friendly products so that everyone can afford them and if you can’t or don’t want to buy these products. Don’t worry, today we are going to teach you how you can make these eco-friendly products at your home. Through this blog post, we are going to share the process of making Cloth Bags. Believe me, if everyone starts using Cloth Bags in their everyday lives, then only the change will come. So, let’s get started.

1) Selecting Fabric

First step is to select the fabric. You can choose any fabric cotton, jute, or any synthetic fabric like nylon. And it is not necessary for you to buy new fabric you can even use any old piece of cloth-like your old dupatta, or any old T-shirt or the fabric of your old jeans. You can easily recycle your old clothes and made beautiful handmade grocery bags or shopping bags. You can even take two different fabrics one for the inner part and one for the outer part. Make sure to wash and iron the fabric before start stitching.

Deciding Shape and Size

Then you have to decide the shape and size of your bag. As it is a shopping bag it should be big. You can measure 21 inches wide and 20 inches long (according to your convenience). After measuring the size, you can cut the fabric into two pieces.

3) Start Stitching

Once you have all the fabric pieces now you have to stitch all the cloth pieces together. You can even add a piece of Buckram sheet on the base of the bag. It will give the bag a particular shape. Stich all the pieces together in the shape of a shopping bag.

4) Attach Handles

You can cut the long stripes of the same cloth, fold the cloth to make it stronger and stitch the two strips on each side.

5) Finishing

After the bag is ready you can paint or make an embroidery pattern.

Now you have your own handmade shopping bag. These bags are stronger, cheaper, and customizable. So, what are you waiting for go and make your own grocery and shopping bags? And if you do not have the time to make this you can simply buy such type of eco-friendly bags from SEVA itself. SEVA teaches different vocational skills to the tribal women of the SGNP to make them self-empowered and self-reliant. We have a lot of handmade bags, these bags come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and designs. Starting from handmade Tote bags, Shopping bags, sling bags to tiny little potli bags, pad pouches, and lots more.  You can check our websites and get these bags at an affordable price range. Purchasing these bags will not only be beneficial for the environment but it will also help the people who are working hard to make this.

Your Own Resolution Ideas

First of all, SEVA wishes a very Happy New Year to you and hopes that you will have an amazing year ahead. We are grateful for your support and we assure you that SEVA’s vision will remain the same and we will continue to give you more value through our work. Finally, we are in 2021, and it’s time for you to make some new year’s resolutions. I am sure that you have already browsed lots of websites about the resolutions and they have suggested to you some common suggestions like being productive, being financially independent, being healthier and lots more. Believe me, I am not going to repeat all these resolution ideas. I admit that these resolutions are very important and quite productive but these suggestions are more self-centered. And this is not what SEVA stands for. SEVA believes in helping and empowering not only oneself but others also. Through this blog, we are sharing with you a list of some resolution ideas that will not only benefit you but also the people around you as well.

1) Contribute to a Social Cause

By contributing to a social cause it does not mean that we should start working in different NGOs. There are lots of ways to contribute and lots of options to contribute. It does not mean that we should go and start protesting for the rights of women and the underprivileged section of society. One can contribute in different ways. One can organize feeding programs for underprivileged children, can take part in weekly cleanliness drives, can teach underprivileged children of his area, even can spread awareness through his/her writings, one can even donate money or can donate blood. These are few examples of contributing to a cause. All you need to do is to decide and figure out in what ways you can contribute to a cause. Start volunteering to help others. Believe me, this will not only be beneficial for others but for you as well as it will give u a sense of fulfillment.

2) Plant At least one Seed

SEVA cannot stress it more. As you all know that Mother Earth has been suffering a lot due to the callous attitude of people.  Pollution, Industrialization and urbanization have been harming mother earth constantly. So, let’s start this year on a positive note. Let’s plant at least one seed and take care of it throughout the year. You can plant any flower like rose, marigolds, or any medicinal plant like aloe vera or tulsi. As you all know that plants have many advantages, these will purify the air around your home and add beauty to your home. Believe me, there is nothing more soothing than watching a plant grow.

3) Spend More time with Elders

Last year during the lockdown, we got so much time to spend with our family, and this year we should continue this habit. We should spend more time not only with our parents but with our grandparents also. Through this blog, SEVA wants to make the relationship between the two generations stronger. Start spending at least 30 minutes with your grandparents, talk to them, know about their daily routine, and start helping them with their issues like helping them to take their pensions from their respective bank accounts or helping them by reading their favourite books or teaching them to use smartphones. It is quite natural to feel lonely and neglected at this age and this year lets us pledge that we will not let this happen anymore.  

4) Minimalism

I am sure most of you are being aware of the idea of minimalism.  Minimalism is a lifestyle concept and it’s all about having the only things that we need in our lives. Society is divided between two groups, i.e., Rich and Poor (have and have not) and the gap between these two groups is increasing day by day. The rich group has way more than what they actually need and the poor group does not even have enough what they need. So, it’s high time that people should adopt the idea of being minimalist by possessing the only things that they actually need in their lives, and if they have much more than that they should share those with the ones who actually need that. Minimalism is a very broad concept and here I have tried to share the basic principle of this particular concept so that we can help others.  

5) Reading and Writing

Both of these habits are very helpful for your academics.  Apart from academics both of these habits have many advantages for you. For instance, by reading books, one can not only gain information and knowledge but reading books can help one to have different perspectives. These different perspectives can help one to be more conscious of the people and things happening around him. Writing is the best way to express yourself. Through writing one can express his/her inner thoughts and views. So, this year start reading a few books and writing. You can start writing by maintaining a diary and writing to it daily. Both of these habits will give u more perspective and ways to express yourself. 

6) Keep Learnin

Learning is a life-long process. Through his/her life one never stops learning. This year SEVA encourages you to learn more. Go and start learning, be it a new skill like graphic designing or digital marketing or be it a hobby (like painting or calligraphy), you want to learn for so long. Learning new things will give you a sense of satisfaction and through your learnings, you can help others.  

So, these are some new year resolution ideas brought to you by SEVA. For achieving the resolution like contributing to a social cause and planting seeds you can check out our website. SEVA has a range of eco-friendly products. You can simply buy these products and contribute to our goal of empowering tribal women. We promise that we will continue our work towards the upliftment of the environment and mother earth and, empowering tribal women. We thank you for your support and love that have always helped us to achieve our goals. Once again, we wish you a very happy new year. Let’s be more conscious of wildlife, mother earth, and the people around us. Adopt some of these resolutions and help us to make this earth a better living place. 

Women and Environmental Conservation

An Introduction

Throughout history, nature has been depicted as feminine gender. Nature, earth, river, the night, and the dawn have always been depicted as women and goddesses in Indian culture. There are Certain attributes that similar to the environment and women. Therefore, most of the environmental components are depicted as feminine in nature. Our ancient texts are filled with numerous instances of the relationship between the environment. Great poet Kalidas in his work Abhijñānaśākuntalam has depicted Shakuntala as nature’s daughter. Shakuntala develops an intense relationship with trees, animals, birds, etc. Valmiki in his great Epic Ramayana has depicted Sita as the daughter of mother earth and throughout her life, she maintains a bond with nature and the environment. For instance, the depiction of Sita in the garden of Mithila when she meets Lord Rama for the first time and after her marriage. Sita spends half of her life in the forest in Exile. These are some of the few examples of the interpersonal relationship between women and the environment. Critics claim that women have no role or very little role in Environment conservation. In rural India, most of the women have a direct link with natural resources such as water, wood, animals, forest, etc. Women have a direct relationship with the environment. Most of the rural women spend most of their time collecting water, food, fuel from natural resources such as rivers and forests. Therefore they are directly impacted by environmental degradation. For Instance, a rural woman usually goes to the river to collect water. Due to pollution, the river water is not suitable for drinking thus she has to go to the next village to collect water. Through this example, it is evident that women suffer more from environmental degradation than men. Hence, they are the ones who work hard to conserve the environment.

Women and their role in Environmental Conservation

  • The talk on women’s role in the Environment government is considered to be incomplete without the revolutionary Chipko Movement. Chipko Movement is considered to be one of the first movement that was held for the Environment by women. This movement was started in 1970 by rural women of Uttar Pradesh to save the trees from loggers. These women raised their voices against the development plans of the Government that allow the cutting of trees
  • Apart from that, Bishnoi Samaj of Rajasthan has also played a crucial role in Environment Conservation. The Bishnoi movement can be traced long before the Chipko movement. Bishnoi movement began in 1731 when Raja Abhay Singh gave the order of cutting trees. Numerous villagers under the leadership of Amrita Devi fought against this order and used the same tactics of hugging the trees to prevent them. Even, today Bishnoi Samaj is still working for environmental Conservation. The women of this community treat little animals as their children. Even today women breastfeed little animals like little goats and deer. This shows their utmost love and dedication to the environment and wildlife.
  •  No one can never forget the Narmada Bachao Andolan and Medha Patkar. She raised her voice against the construction of the dam on the Narmada river. She started this movement in 1989 and tried to protest peacefully by fasting for several days. She is known for her work on environmental conservation and spreading awareness.
  • Maneka Gandhi, an animal rights activist and environmentalist, has founded the organization, People for Animals in 1992. This is the largest organization for the welfare of animals in India. For her revolutionary work for the welfare of animals, she has received so many awards.
  • Poets such as Sugathakumari and Mamang Dai are well known for their poetry mainly dedicated to the environment. Through their poetry, they have tried to invoke the love for the environment among their readers. Sugathakumari has not only written poetry but has participated in Save Silent  Valley Protest. 
  • Not only the older generation but the young generation is also working hard to conserve the environment such as DrKrithi Karanth is Chief Conservation Scientist and environmentalist, she has been researching how human beings and wildlife can co-exist peacefully.
  • DrPurnima Devi Barman is a conservation biologist working in an NGO called Aaranyak in Assam. She has been awarded with Nari Shakti Puraskar (highest civilian award for Indian Women) for her contribution to environment.
  • Not only these, but there are also many more strong women who have worked for the Environment and who have been working for the environment.

Conclusion

So through this blog, my main aim was to break the misconception that women have no contribution to environmental conservation. Throughout history, nature has been depicted as the feminine gender because several attributes are similar to both women and the environment. The main amongst these is the quality of patience both women and the environment are considered to be patient. Both environment and women share a strong relationship because they have a direct link with each other. As it is evident that the condition of both women and the environment is degrading day by day. Therefore being close to the environment women are the ones who have always sympathized with the degraded state of the environment. So it is high time for us to acknowledge women’s role in environmental conservation and to empower them so that they can work more for environmental conservation.

HOW EVERY PURCHASE OF HANDMADE BOTTLES HELPS THE ONES WHO MAKE IT?- A GLIMPSE OF THE PROCESS.


It is pretty vivid that SEVA has established itself as an organization that believes in something more profound than charity, something more perpetual and helpful which is self reliance.
Self reliance and self dependence, these terms solely define the purpose of our NGO which is to help the tribal community of SGNP earn for themselves instead of merely relying on donations and thus lead a life full of contentment, pride and independence.
As a volunteer in SEVA and having been working for this trust for some time, I have gained an insight of how the handmade products claim their authenticity and quality in regards of conserving the environment and wildlife. One of our products which successfully brings in the sales is the delightful Handmade Lights made by the women residing in SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK.
I would be elated to share a glimpse of the process of how these lights are made without any dependency on machines, artificial colours and scarce resources of nature. The steps which fulfill the entire process are as follows:


1) Collection of bottles:


Biccho is one of our helpers who works actively in order to collect all the plastic found in sgnp premises. Driver by occupation,he owns a tourist car in National Park
SGNP strictly prohibits tossing any sort of plastic material such as bottles, bags, wrappers etc in its premises therefore any visitor found carrying plastic along with themselve is required to deposit a certain amount till they are using it and is returned the deposited sum as soon as they dispose their waste in green bin. Biccho segregates the bottles found according to the varying sizes that is small, medium and large.
In order to recycle, smaller bottles are used for making lights while larger bottles are turned into another medium for feeding birds.


2) Transportation of the bottles:

Govinda, a fellow resident of Sanjay Gandhi National Park plays one of the most important role in the production process.
He carries the bottles in his car, from the godown, and hands them over to the pada’s. It his duty to timely deliver the right bottles and other material such as jute ropes, adhesives to the right persons and artisans. His car is a very useful asset, as it isn’t practical or easy to transport the raw materials and the finished products via bike.
Apart from this,the responsibility of delivering the end products, early in the morning at the National Parks main gate lies on his shoulders.


3)Process of Cutting Bottles and Dyeing Jute:

As soon as the collected bottles reach the artisans of our community along with the jute, they are cut into two parts, the upper one is used for lights while the lower one for other daily accessories eg pen-stand, holder etc. While the jute threads are dyed into beautiful range of colours mainly red,green and white as the prepared items are put on sale for festive seasons such as Christmas. Corporates like ROMELL have purchased them delightfully. The next process of Covering/Decoration starts after the dyed jute dries up after 24 hours.

4)Covering/decorating bottles:


After finishing with the process of cutting and dyeing the bottles+jute, begins another joyful process of decorating.
The lights in the bottles are accentuated under to two colours, the colour used to dye and natural brown colour. Once the bottles are decorated, they undergo the process of drying for final time in order to settle the gum used to stick the jute with bottles. Before being dispatched to the other department,the bottles are also drilled on the top to make a way for the lights installation.


5)Light installation:


This process reaches another level of difficulty as it requires the most effort.The wire comprising approximately 60-70 tiny bulbs is divided into ten pieces for each furnished bottle. Each sub-wire among the ten pieces contains 7-8 bulb where every alternate bulb in a wire gives brighter light which can clearly penetrate the bottle.
Another section comprises fitting or installing these lights/wires in the bottle which can be done only by the most adroit artisans.
The wires have to installed as such that they do not get tangled by the user and as this process is finished,it is followed by sending the bottle-lights for the exhibition.

6)Exhibition:


Exhibition is handled by some women of the ‘pada’ or villages. These young women are mostly college students and are given this opportunity so to provide them with perfect exposure, especially in the fields they haven’t explored. Having been brought up in rural areas where people are not updated with the ongoing progress in technicality, urban economy and lifestyle, managing an exhibition and being introduced to city life is a small yet impactful progress for these women itself. They explore the fields they can work in and this motivates them to establish something for themselves. These exhibitions are thoroughly enjoyed by these women and also add benefits to their work.

With this concludes the process of making of these bottles which are purely handmade, produced from recycled plastic, and manifest the innovation put in by the people of tribal communities of SGNP. Each set of handmade lights for a variety of prices which may vary according to their sizes. The profits driven in help the people behind the making of lights earn a stable income.
We encourage everyone to purchase these handmade products not just for the sake of the sales but to help the underprivileged value and put their talents to the best. The intention is to not only provide our customers with environment friendly goods but also to apprehend the inner process of the goods came into existence as well.
This is how every purchase of handmade lights helps the ones who make it.

A much needed awakening

Humans have always been extremely risk-averse, which is how we continue to survive even today. “Measure of intelligence is the ability to change”, we’ve all heard of it. But what exactly does it mean? To me, the concept is simple. To reflect on our actions, and what we, as individuals and citizens, can work upon to bring a difference. ‘

We have the power to bring change, We, as individuals, possess resources that the underprivileged do not then what is stopping us from effectuating it?

Change is when we wake up to the current global issues without leaving our problems to tomorrow. We are aware about the horrifying situation we have put ourselves in. Climate change, poverty, illiteracy, conflicts and wars, malnourishment and hunger are just to name a few. We’ve squandered decades of opportunities and continue to do so as the mindset “I haven’t done this so I shouldn’t be the one taking an action” still rules over most of us.

This is where it all goes wrong. We stop after our desires are fulfilled.

But the responsibility lies on all of us, including me. Hi, I am Inisha Sethia, a student and an intern at Seva Charitable Trust. The current global scenario and the ever- increasing issues were an eye opener for me. Although we may not be contributing to the problem, we certainly aren’t helping. The world of social media informs and introduces us to so many current issues. Social media certainly is one of my main sources of information. But spreading the word once in a while on our social handles is not enough. We need to step out there. There is so much we can all do.

I started with volunteering at a rescue and helping abandoned and injured dogs. I strongly stand against animal cruelty. I believe we need to be the voice of the voiceless. Later on, I got the incredible opportunity to intern at Seva. Their mission was extremely inspiring for me, helping the women of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, but also instilling a sense of empowerment and self sustenance in them while protecting the wildlife of the National Park. This was a wonderful opportunity for me, as I was not only able to help these strong empowered women, but also was able to learn a lot. Our team of interns was very supportive, and guided and helped each and every one of us. It instilled and taught us the importance of team work and effective communication.

I am glad I could be a part.

Thankyou

Changes Through My Eyes

The wilderness, the echo of nature, the sound that pleases our heart and soul, the bliss of the voices that have been heard, I see them here, I wish to see them everywhere

“For it is in giving that we receive”
-Saint Francis of Assisi

People have their own definitions of happiness, for some it might be their peers, for some it can be achieving what they’ve always dreamt of, it can be buying something, or travelling, it just varies. For me it would be finding contentment and peace after learning that my work has benefited someone, someone who really needed it.
I have always longed to volunteer for anything that holds an altruistic approach towards our earth and human kind. This would define happiness for me and it came to execution when I got the opportunity to work for SEVA ,a non profitable organisation which took this considerate initiative to help the tribal community and it’s underprivileged women, a community which needed to be uplifted the most, for whom we needed to break the stereotypes, propagate empowerment and equal opportunities for women.
Having been a content writer intern for a month now, I am Sumedha, a student, an enthusiast for writing and everything which endorses creativity and I would love to share my experiences while working for SEVA so they can be familiar with the generous steps that this organization has taken in order to help the humanity as well as conserve our nature at the same time. Tey started with the intention of igniting hope in humanity in everyone’s heart as everyone should know that no good deed goes wasted, it always helps, it always counts.
I would love to begin with the work I’ve been engaged in. We are a team consisting of several students belonging to different fields, from marketing and writing to designing.
While working for the social media team, whose sole purpose is to create a platform and amplify the voices of the tribal ladies of Sanjay Gandhi National Park amongst thousands of users, we learned how the organization earned by putting the products made by none other than the tribal community of SGNP via every platform available on internet. E-commerce, social media, LinkedIn and so much more. The profits earned would be given to the rightful people who put in all their hardwork in making these products. This has given them leverage, in working and self employement. Eventually this has paved a way for them, a way to self -dependency and sustainability especially for the women, as in many lower sectors of society women have undeniably been opressed to certain extent and deprived of opportunities.


We were familiarized with this massive concept itself that how these handmade products, not only provided employment to the underprivileged but also sustained and helped conserve our very much endangered wildlife/environment.
With reduction in plastic and industrial products and chemicals, these products proved to be eco friendly as they did not take much of forest resources and also reduced pollution, poaching and unnatural deaths in fauna which had taken place due to human activities.
Initially, these steps must have been considered miniscule, with no hope in bringing actual change but with time they did. Good things take time and they certainly bring changes. From a small initiative to a recognized organization , this is a live example which could justify that
“LOSING PATIENCE IS LOSING BATTLE. “”

Be the Change

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The Purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. We all know that health and sanitation is an important aspect of human life. To be healthy it is important that you are hygienic. To spread awareness on the importance of sanitation and hygiene among all the tribal communities, Seva Charitable Trust organised an event in Abhinav School, Borivali East and at our very own Sanjay Gandhi National Park. In this event we distributed Sanitary napkins and hand sanitizers among the children as well as the ladies present there. A talk to teach the importance of hygiene and its benefits to our health was given. The children were eager to learn and receive guidance from various independent and prominent women who were present at the event to support our cause.

Without the help and support of the public and our contributors this event would not have been possible. We would also personally like to thank Women Entrepreneurs Enclave and Reachout Foundation for their immense support and for making this even a huge success.

It is essential to remember that to bring about change, you have to be the change. To bring awareness among the masses, you have to speak! So remember even a small effort to bring about a change goes a long way in the eyes of people who need help.

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