The Urgency of Ecological Consciousness

Eco-friendly replacements for common bathroom products

The twenty-first-century world requires human beings to reconnect and be conscious of nature and its needs. We have to understand that we are not a separate entity outside nature but this cycle of life is an intricate web-connected to anything and everything on the earth. When we are working towards destroying a part of nature, small the smallest harm like throwing plastic on roads to releasing harmful gases from factories, we are essentially escalating the rate of nature’s destruction which is directly congruent to the end of life as we know it.

We, as the current generation, need to be fully equipped to develop a sustainable way of life, which comes from an ecological consciousness. Capitalistic society teaches us to generate wealth by exploiting natural resources and paves the way for communities to think that nature is present to support human life only, however, this thought process needs to be challenged with a new ideal way of living with the consciousness that nature is here not only to serve human life but to co-exist with mankind as one living unit.

Each culture teaches a different kind of environmental consciousness, depending on a multiplicity of factors like geographical location, historical context, philosophy and religion of that particular culture, etc. This diversity in culture is respected globally and each of us views the world through our own cultural and societal lens. We have observed historically that religions and cultures preach living a ‘good life’ and respect the nature around us, with some religions like Hinduism, where nature itself is a god and its components like air, water, tree, and wind being a god or goddess of their own and people used to pray to these gods.

5 elements and 3 Doshas – Santé

The most probable motive of having such gods was to make people understand the importance of nature and the environment, and also putting fear into people’s minds so that they do not misuse these natural resources. Just like these nuances found in multiple cultures and traditions, the modern world also needs a newer concept of ecological consciousness, not based on fear or irrational ideas but scientific awareness and knowledge of the ecological crisis the world is facing right now.

The essence of ecological consciousness is a way of being that respects the natural world’, which is what we have been talking about and taking major steps towards actualizing this goal for a decade now but still have been unsuccessful in doing so. we have reached a conflict with the nature found in our planet such that we are facing a potential hazard in a capitalist and industrial way of living life. we now have to invent a newer way to live a life that is in harmony with the natural environment and does not harm the earth and our quality of life that we live, keeping in mind our future generation which is yet to see the world we leave for them. Our learned lifestyle will be challenged greatly, along with the values that we have learned from the previous generation. This shift that will take place in our existence will challenge the capitalistic way of living but it is the only way to ensure a sustainable way of living.

We have to interconnect with all sects of society and find a solution to living life along with reconnecting with nature which does not harm either of the parties. also, taking into note that this thing is yet to be done and no one knows exactly how it is to be done because it is quite a difficult mission to change a particular way of life that is ingrained in our consciousness, and that is why ecological consciousness has been highlighted so much in our education. This is why learning to live and inventing or discovering newer ways and resources which will not harm nature as well as not change our quality of life is so eminently required.

The Increasing Demand for Eco-Friendly Products and Packaging

We have to practice a certain way of living, keeping in mind our holistic development, and not just running after capital and destroying the quality of life we are going to live in the future because of it. Every individual has a moral obligation to leave a better-equipped life to the future generation and this will only materialize when we endeavour for ecological consciousness in the social order as a whole. 

Inter-relation between Nature and Health

3 Reasons Nature is Great for Your Health (and Skin!) | Eminence Organic  Skin Care

Nature and Living Beings themselves have always been co-existing since times immemorial and this innate connection of all living beings with nature necessarily needs to be highlighted with the rising trend of side-lining or ignoring the significance of nature on Earth. Nature has increasingly affected every single component of our daily lifestyle and existence at large including a given constituent, health. Health is simply defined as the physical, social, and mental well-being of humanity, according to World Health Organization.

Firstly, our physical well-being is completely dependent on nature and the resources it provides, for instance, necessities (food, water, and shelter). With the rising popularity of naturopathy and ayurvedic treatment of physical health introduced as an alternative to man-made chemicals as drugs, these provide an equally healthy and self-healing process of treatment.

Ayurvedic medicines in India refocuses on the multi-layered resources of nature having an intrinsic quality of healing health and supporting a healthy life. Exposure to nature also significantly helps in regulating our diurnal bodily rhythms to ensure physical vitality from within and activities like walking in the natural environment reduce blood pressure.

Secondly, regarding the social well-being, the interrelation between humans and the environment they are surrounded within every space of living affects their overall lifestyle which is the reason office spaces, homes, and such generally aim to create large green spaces to increase the vitality of communities and the environment they are in. One of the purposes of parents sending their children to play in green parks and gardens is to improve their social development and social bonds. Thirdly, mental health is inherently in congruence with your lifestyle and physical health.

When we take a walk in the park or go travel to hills and coasts outside the bustle of city life and take a break from the hustle culture people experience in their daily life, we strive to find mental peace and recuperate within nature. The notion of ‘getting fresh air’ inherently means being present within a space of natural and pure things instead of man-made stress and pollution. Mental health is a direct factor in our physical health mechanism and vice-versa. The relationship between a decrease in quality of general healthy lifestyle and urbanization goes side by side when we observe the declining availability of green spaces in cities. This will have severe consequences on the functioning of the natural environment in certain areas and will also be detrimental to living beings. Our health is of foremost importance in a society where collective happiness and holistic growth are not given enough attention.

Humans have always been one with nature, everything around us is built to satisfy our need, starting with the trees which provide oxygen, water which quenches our thirst, the food we procure with plants and animals, and the fact that we co-exist with nature points towards the urgent need of realizing in status-quo that our overall well-being will constantly be reliant on nature. This paves way for humans to realize the importance of, respect and restore their health as well as nature.

Valentine’s Day: An opportunity to tribute Nature

Finally, Valentine’s Day is here and it’s time for celebration. Valentine’s Day is a festival of love, celebrated worldwide. This festival is all about expressing your love, affection, and passion to your loved ones. SEVA wishes you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. May your love keep blossoming throughout the year. May you and your partner will have a wonderful year ahead.

Valentine’s Day is a festival that is celebrated all over the globe. In different parts of the world, people celebrate this festival with different traditions and in different ways. Many people exchange gifts, some people give roses to each other, while some give chocolates. We are sure that all of you have already made some amazing plans for this Day and SEVA wishes you lots of love. 

Image result for valentines day and nature

Through this blog, SEVA would like to encourage you to celebrate the eternal love between nature and mankind. Nature has given us so much that we can never pay back and therefore, it deserves immense respect and affection. SEVA believes that Valentine’s Day is the best occasion to showcase these feelings.

This Valentine’s Day let’s give a gift to nature as well. Now, the main question arises that what can we (human- beings) give to the most generous nature? Well, the answer is quite simple. Let’s give a tribute to nature by being a little kinder towards it.

Image result for valentines day and nature

Let’s pledge that we would reduce those activities that create and raise the pollution, that is deadly to nature.

Let’s pledge that we would maintain the natural beauty of natural elements, we would not throw any garbage in the river.

Let’s pledge that we would be generous towards the other living organisms of nature, i.e., the wildlife.

SEVA believes that there are numerous ways to showcase our respect for nature. And to encourage more SEVA has a very special thing for all of you.

On this beautiful occasion of Valentine’s Day, SEVA presents the GIY (Grow it Yourself) Kit. This Kit has everything that you will need for planting. In this Kit, you get high-quality seeds, soil, organic compost, Cloth Pouches, an Earthen Pot.

Through these kits, we would like to encourage you that rather than plucking a flower, plant a seed. You can get these kits for yourself and your loved ones. Rather than going for some expensive gifts, you can gift these kits to your loved ones and ask them to grow these seeds with you. In this way, both of you will have different plants, that will symbolize your immense love for each other.

These kits are made by the tribal women of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park with immense hard work and purchasing these will help them and motivate them to work harder. Plus, all products in these kits are organic and eco-friendly.

Believe us, it would be a great gesture towards nature.

SEVA believes that Valentine’s Day is one of the most beautiful festivals and its main aim is to spread love and generosity to everyone, not only to human-beings the only but also to animals, birds, etc. Every living entity of nature deserves love and respect. It is high time that we start accepting this fact and start acting on it. 

So, what are you waiting for? It’s Valentine’s already. Get these affordable kits now and celebrate your Valentine’s Day with your loved ones along with these kits. You can get all the details for these kits on our website and our social media pages.

With all these, SEVA wishes a great Valentine’s Day to all its readers. Thank you so much for all the love and faith you have shown in us. Keep supporting us and SEVA assures you that we will work harder for our vision, i.e., to provide the earning opportunities to tribal women of the SGNP and to empower them with skills. 

SEVA loves you all.

Nature during Lockdown VS. Nature after Lockdown: the matter of great concern

“With humans confined to the houses, animals seem to be getting their much-needed space. While a Nilgai was spotted roaming free on the streets of Noida in March, a group of monkeys was filmed having a pool party in posh society in Mumbai.” – News18

“A few days after, residents of Saharanpur woke up to a similar view; to the beautiful sight of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years.”

“Ganga River Water Has Now Become Fit for Drinking as Industries Remain Shut Due to Lockdown” – News18

“Noise level was reduced up to 35% to 68% all over the world.” – ScienceDirect

“Wildlife gets a chance to reclaim their land.” – ScienceDirect

Covid-19 Pandemic had adverse effects on mankind. It caused nations to call lockdowns, people got locked into their own homes. Millions of people suffered from this virus and hundreds of people died, numerous people lost their jobs, the Indian Economy crashed. People were asked to follow social distancing means staying away from each other to avoid the transmission of the Coronavirus. Lots of people suffered from health issues as well as mental stress due to being at home. The life patterns of numerous people changed overnight.

While on the other hand for nature this pandemic and lockdown have proved to be so beneficial. When all of us had to stay in our homes due to lockdown, nature got the chance to heal itself. The above-mentioned headlines are some instances of mother earth trying to heal itself. The most significant change can be seen when experts claimed that Ganga’s water has now become fit for drinking. Not only Ganga’s water but the water quality of rivers like the Yamuna has also improved. The main reason behind this change is the reduced pollution. Because of lockdown, industrial activities have reduced and it leads to the improved water quality of Ganga’s water. The air quality has also improved. Due to lockdown, all of us were not allowed to go outside or roam around and it leads to the reduction in the pollution caused by driving vehicles.

Not only for the environment but this pandemic also proved beneficial for wildlife. While all of us were confined in our homes, animals get the chance to roam around.

“Critically endangered, South Asian River Dolphins also known as Ganges Dolphins have been spotted back in the Ganga river after 30 years. Due to the reduced pollution in water, the South Asian River Dolphins have been spotted at various Ganga Ghats of Kolkata.” – India Today

After the 3 months’, lockdown the Indian Government announced unlock, gradually the prohibitions on social and economic activities were removed. But the main question arises what we have learned from this whole pandemic and lockdown?

Here are some news headlines after the lockdown –

‘Delhi recorded the worst air quality in four years on the day after Diwali as pollution levels in the city and its suburbs crossed the “emergency” threshold on Sunday due to the combined effect of stubble burning and firecrackers.” – Ndtv

Such types of news prove that we have not really learned anything from the lockdown. Seva believes that we must accept that we human beings are the actual threat to nature. When we were confined in our homes, nature got the chance to heal itself. Lots of positive changes could be seen not only in India but all around the world. But after the lockdown, the same callous attitude can be traced. People show ignorance towards the social-distancing guidelines, they don’t wear masks while traveling in public space. After the lockdown, we came back to our daily activities with the same callous and selfish attitude and the above-mentioned headline is the best example of man’s callous attitude towards the environment. During Diwali, we Indians burnt lots of crackers that caused the air quality to be the worst in the 4 years. Not only Diwali celebration but during new year celebration also, we raised the pollution level. Indeed, this is a great matter of concern.

“New Year eve celebrations in Delhi push pollution level to severe.” – HindustanTimes

Through this blog, Seva would like to encourage its readers to understand the importance of nature. We are in 2021 and with the starting of the Indian Vaccination Programme, we are sure that we will win this battle with Covid-19 soon. But, we must not forget the lessons that we have learned during this lockdown. Slowly, everything is opening up and Seva recommends its readers to be a little kinder towards nature so that we can flourish with nature in harmony.

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park has already opened and Seva would like to encourage the ones who are planning to visit the park, to be a little cautious while visiting the Park. We urge you to not tease animals and not throw litter anywhere. Please be a little contemplative towards nature and wildlife. Please don’t disturb nature and the wildlife staying there.

Organizations that are Working for the Environment

SEVA is a non-profit organization that always attempts to support wildlife, the environment, and tribal women. Through our work, we always attempt to make society a better living place. And we are not alone in this attempt, there are lots of other organizations who are working beautifully to save the environment. Through this blog, we are trying to appreciate their brilliant work. So, SEVA presents you a list of some organizations that are working to save the environment and mother Earth.

  • Mitti Cool – Founded by Mr. Mansukhbhai Prajapati Mitti Cool is an attempt at connecting people to their lost roots. Mitti Cool produces Earthen products. This organization manufactures cookware made from clay like earthen pots, clay cookers, and lots more. Through their work, they are trying to highlight the benefits of using earthen products. Earthenware does not only have health benefits but also enhances the taste and nutritional value of the food. With their earthen products, Mitti Cool has achieved recognition all over India. Mitti Cool has the vision to represent Indian culture and tradition at an international level. Mitti Cool is one of the most significant companies working in the domain of Earthen products. Through its products, Mitti Cool is preserving the Indian culture and tradition of using clay Products. Mitti Cool promotes the idea of using eco-friendly products and the idea of acknowledging the value of our soil.
Mitti Cool
  • Eco femme — Eco Femme is a women-led social enterprise founded in 2010, based in Tamil Nadu, India. Its main goal is to create environmental and social change through redefining the menstrual practices that are healthy and environmentally sustainable. Eco femme produces and sells cloth pads. Cloth pads are a great alternative to regular pads. A regular pad takes more than 500 years to decompose. Can you believe that in your entire life every pad that you have used so far is still there on the earth. Isn’t it shocking? Regular pads have been creating pollution for so many decades and now it’s time to stop the pollution. Eco femme has been working to inspire women to use cloth pads instead of using regular plastic pads. These cloth pads are washable and reusable. These pads are naturally reliable. And apart from just selling these cloth pads, Eco femme has a mission to spread menstrual health education to girls. Through its work, this organization attempts to remove the taboos around the topic of menstruation. Eco femme, through its work has been trying to empower not only women but also the environment.
Eco Femme
  • Bakey’s – Bakey’s is An Indian Startup company (based in Hyderabad, India) that manufactures edible cutlery. Founded in 2010 by Narayana Peesapaty to offer an alternative to plastic and disposable cutlery. This company manufactures cutlery (spoons, forks, and chopsticks) made from Millet Flour and after using these can be eaten. The edible cutlery is a great initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic. One more important thing about these cutleries that they are made from millet and millet crop take very less amount of water. In this way, the edible cutlery does not put a burden on water resources. The spoons have a shelf-life of 24 months and are so made that they will naturally decompose between 3 and 7 days after use if not consumed. These cutleries come in different flavors like mint, cumin, carrot, etc. This concept of edible cutlery is indeed unique and wonderful. This initiative attempts to reduce the consumption of plastic cutlery and to save the environment.
Edible Cutlery
  • Help Us Green – In India, most of us have seen that the floral waste of temples and mosques is usually thrown into the water bodies. This floral waste does not only pollute our rivers but also pollutes the area around the river. Help Us Green has taken the responsibility to stop the river Pollution and to manage this ‘monumental waste’. Help Us Green is the world’s first lean solution to the monumental ‘temple-waste’ problem. Through its pioneering Flowercycling technology the organization attempts to save Ganga from becoming a religious sewer. This organization collects floral waste from different temples and mosques of Uttar Pradesh and by using this floral waste is upcycled into aromatic Incense sticks and compost. Indeed, this organization is a revolutionary attempt to manage the tons of floral-waste and to save our sacred rivers. This organization does not only produce eco-friendly products but also gives employment opportunities to women. By providing employment opportunities to women this organization attempts to empower women.
Flower-cycling
  • Graviky Labs – This company has discovered the concept of ‘Air Ink’. Basically, this company upcycles air pollution into sustainable inks, paints, coatings, plastics, and construction materials. Another great initiative. This company attempts to contribute to a reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon emissions from vehicles and exhausts before they can enter the earth’s atmosphere. It is an innovative way to save the atmosphere from air pollution.
Graviky Labs
  • Seed Paper India – Most of us spend so much money on our wedding cards. Everyone wants their wedding invitation cards to be grand and the most beautiful. And what happened to that invitation card after the wedding? It is generally thrown into the garbage or sold to a scrap shop. A total waste of money and Paper. Seed Paper India can be considered the best solution to this issue. This organization manufactures seed paper, a Bio-degradable Paper that has seeds artfully embedded in them. Once you are done using the paper plant it and can see the seed growing into a beautiful plant. This organization produces seed papers, seeded wedding cards, seed pencils, seed pens and lots more amazing and eco-friendly stuff. Through its work, this organization attempts to preserve the environment and to promote the idea of sustainable living.
Seed Paper

So, through this blog, we have tried to draw your attention to these wonderful organizations but there are numerous organizations that are working brilliantly in their respective domains. Like SEVA, all of these organizations have one sole aim of serving the mother earth and making this earth a better living place. Every organization has its own unique ideas and skills and they are putting tremendous efforts to save our earth. But it is not only their responsibility to save the world. SEVA believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to contributing to this attempt of saving mother Earth. And in this attempt, all of these organizations need only one thing, i.e. your support. Along with your support, all of us can bring a change and can save our beloved Earth. In the end, SEVA urges you to keep supporting us and all of these organizations that are working for the environment.

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.