|When||September (after Ganesh Chaturthi)|
|Where||Juhu Beach and Girgaum Chowpatty - Mumbai|
Beach Clean-Up is an annual activity that has been organized by SPROUTS Envt. Trust for the last 10 years after the immersion of mammoth Plaster of Paris (POP) Ganeshas, which are unfriendly to our seas and have resulted in serious hazards to marine creatures. For one day in September, the beach clean-up and awareness drive is conducted at Girgaum Chowpatty. We conduct the clean-up not only to remove the broken idols which float out of the seas or lie strewn along the coastline, but also to engage more people to be friendly to our seas. Through the beach clean-up, we involve people to help them understand the impact human actions can have on the environment and also realize an alternate eco-friendly way of celebrating the festival.
Over the last few years, nearly 1200 volunteers have united in efforts with SPROUTS Envt. Trust to rid the Juhu beach and Girgaum Chowpatty of debris and litter in an effort to protect the health of the ocean and marine life. To help us with this effort, we have been partnering up with corporates such as the Deutsche Bank, HDFC Bank, Hotel Intercontinental, Bhavan's and Ismail Yusuf Colleges, Hasnat High School and NGOs such as CERE, Aasra, among others.
Beach Clean-Up 2010
Beach Clean-Up 2012
|When||Beginning of December|
|Where||Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi|
With the intention of creating interest and increasing awareness about the environment, SPROUTS has been conducting an event called Earth Mela for the last few years. It is a two-day event comprising of a range of fun activities aimed at increasing awareness about nature, biodiversity, eco-friendly lifestyle options and conservation action. The Mela consists of entertaining events for people of all ages including a bicycle rally, mini marathon, short film festival, adventure sports arena and photography exhibition. Along with the fun-filled activities, the Earth Mela aims to provide people with an enriching educational experience with events such as nature trails, lectures, poster presentations, various workshops, and more.
The Earth Mela has been featured in the following newspapers and magazines.:
Flamingo and Wader Watch
|Where||Sewri Bay, Mumbai|
To create interest and awareness about the
flamingos and waders and their ecological habitat.
SPROUTS has been conducting the Flamingo and Wader Watch for the last five years. These graceful flamingos can be seen feeding at the Sewri mudflats during the winter months and SPROUTS gives people the opportunity to watch them at a close distance. The purpose of this event is to create interest and awareness about these bird species and the environment in general. These flamingos travel from Kutch, Gujarat to Mumbai creating a primary bird watching attraction in the city. There are many other European wader species which travel to this attraction as the flat delta of the Mahul River provide a perfect feeding habitat for these birds. Along with the flamingos, other bird species that can be seen are the Terns, Purple Heron, Green Shanks, Kingfishers, Egrets, Sandpipers and Kites.
Flamingo and Wader Watch