Green Yatra Foundation, an Indian environmental NGO is working towards protection, conservation, and betterment of environment. It has educated millions of children, youth and people for a greener present and future.
According to various estimates, air pollution causes approximately 12.5 per cent of all deaths in India making it one of the most alarming factor in recent times. Over 100,000 children below the age of five die owing to poor air quality in the country.
Besides air contamination, surface and groundwater has been affected by pollution affecting 86 percent of the total water bodies with Karnataka, Telangana and Kerala being the worst affected states across the country.
The issue of Environmental Degradation is not merely confined to India; it has prominently featured in the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and India along with some other countries became signatory to the declaration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015.
Besides the Government, there are a number of non-governmental organizations committed to the cause of sustainable development and environment conservation. Mumbai-based Green Yatra is one such organization that operates across cities like Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Lucknow, Jaipur, Indore, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Mysore, Guwahati etc. for attaining ecological balance through sustainable and judicious utilisation of resources so as to preserve and maintain the ‘green’ cover of the earth.
Founded in 2009, Green Yatra has been involved in the following initiatives for the development of ‘Green Ecosystem’ around us:
Pedh Lagao: The organisation has planted trees across urban cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad. This is done especially in housing societies, school and college campus, public premises and so on. The organization also claims to have planted 10 million livelihood fruit tree across rural areas around Mumbai so as to restrain farmers from migrating to urban areas in search of livelihood. Some of these tress include the likes of mango, coconut, jackfruits, Chikoo etc.
Bag for Cause: The Green Yatra Foundation also runs training centres across Bhiwandi and Ambadi to train tribal and underprivileged women stitch non-plastic bags thereby solving dual purpose of plastic free environment and providing employment to the needy. The organization identifies needy women in the rural and urban area and facilitates bags stitching, designing training and sewing machines.
Zaroorat – Based on the philosophy of ‘One man’s waste can be other man’s need’, the organisation encourages people to donate old clothes, utensils electrical appliances bed sheets, toys, blankets, shoes, sporting goods, furniture, stationery, books (except syllabus books)so that it may distribute the same to those in need after being packaged, repaired and sewed .
Besides being in active collaboration with around 200 Fortune companies,the foundation also collaborated with around 200 colleges /universities to launch awareness drive on environment and sustanaibility through events /annual fests . Some of its partners or supporters include INOX, Raymond, DNA, The Times of India, BBC World, Zee News, Parle Agro, UTI, TATA, Audi, Coalgate, CRISIL, UNEP and others.
“We generally get support from corporate houses in the form of exchange of resources. Like we may become their partners in corporate events facilitating our accessibility to a larger base. Our commitment and work towards environmental sustainability has attracted individual and corporate donations thereby making our mission feasible on the ground,” says Durgesh Gupta, Founder, Green Yatra Foundation.
Under our pilot scheme Miyawaki Method, forests have grown 10 times faster, 30 times denser, 100 times more biodiverse, 30 times better Carbon-dioxide absorption, 30 times better noise and dust reduction, 30 times greener surface area, as compared to a monoculture plantation. So, we get a 100% native, 100% organic and 100-year-old forest in just 10 years,” adds Gupta.
Like Durgesh Gupta, there are many who have been helming Non-Government organizations for ensuring that green cover of our planet intact and resources are reserved to promote Sustainable Development Goals.
About Durgesh Gupta: Mr Durgesh Gupta is an environment enthusiast who formed a handful of self-help groups and has pro bono registered over 5100 non-profit organizations and community -based organizations. Durgesh Gupta holds a master degree in Environmental Law besides being an MBA.