By Elsie Gabriel

About 200 young environmentalist students from various schools on the city joined Rodas green team at the post Ganesh Visarjan cleanup drive at Powai Lake. Collecting, segregating, sorting, and depositing at the vermicompost Rodas Ecotel garden for recycling!

Ganesh utsav is a festival here in Mumbai which involves the entire city sending devotees into a celebration frenzy mode like no other city!

There have been signs of showing respect to Mother Earth while celebrating this year. Young Environmentalists Programme which has been celebrating the festival in a full green fashion, kickstarting first with over 400 participants making eco idols out of the Powai lake silt and then distributing cloth bags at the virsarjan dates.More and more devotees are showing green trends towards festive habits. Says Kirti Sathe student of S.M.Shetty school part of the cleanup drive, “The festival is not successfully complete without giving back to nature what we got from nature, so the clay silt idol goes back into the lake and even the flowers on the ghats are recycled for good use at the Rodas ecotel Vermicompost garden.We learnt the connection between festivals and environment. We got worksheets and certificates which was motivating.”Students from four schools, Childrens Academy from Kandivli, Kendra Vidyalaya IIT-Powai, S.M.Shetty high school and the St Xaviers Bahndup joined the Young .

Environmentalists cleanup drive.The floral offerings are composted in two pits set aside for this purpose. States Daniel Chatterton chief of the Green team at Rodas, “We ignite the community to join our eco immersion efforts. Citizens are most welcome to visit our vermin culture garden and learn more about recycling too.”