Upcoming Events

 

Earth Mela 2013

30th Nov. – 1st Dec.
Maharashtra Nature Park (Dharavi)

 

Based on the UN Theme Food Security & Conservation, a two-day mega-fest full of lectures, workshops, films, photo exhibition, nature walks and many other fun activities.

 

Earth Mela

With the intention of creating interest and increasing awareness about the environment, SPROUTS has been conducting a nature fest titled Earth Mela for the past five years. It is a two-day event comprising of a range of activities for people of all ages including lectures, workshops, film festival, photography exhibition, natural walks and sport activities. The Earth Mela has been reaching out to the masses over the last five years with themes such as Green Economies (2012), Conservation of Indian Forests (2011), Indian Wildlife (2010), Carbon Reversal Movement (2009) and Biodiversity Conservation (2008).

Earth Mela 2013 - Food Security and Conservation

This year the SPROUTS Environment Trust’s Earth Mela is held under the UN theme: Food Security and Conservation.

 

Info

Dates:         Saturday 30th November and

                          Sunday 1st December 2013

Times:            7:00 – 18:00

Location:       Maharashtra Nature Park (Dharavi)

                          Mahim-Sion

Fees:           Adults Rs 200 per day

                          Students Rs 150 per day

 

There is a special concession foron registration fees for schools and NGO’s working with underprivileged children.

Programme 2013

Nature Trails

Saturday 31st of November 2013

7:00 – 9:00        Adesh Shivkar (Naturalist, Eco-tourism Professional, Bird Watcher, Photographer)

                        Bird-Watching Trail

Sunday 1st November 2013

7:00 – 9:00        Dr. Rajendra Shinde (Expert)

Trees of Mumbai Nature Trail

 


 

Lectures

Saturday 31st of November 2013

10:30 – 11:10    Inaugural Speaker

                        Dr. Murad Lala (Surgeon & Oncologist)

                        Topic: Conquering Everest

11:15 – 12:00    Central Theme Speaker

                        Ms Anju Venkat (Nutrition Consultant)

                        Topic: Connection between the Body and the Earth and the Role of Food

15.00 – 16:00    Ar. Shirish Joshi (Urban Conservation Architect)

                        Topic: Our City, Our Food - New York, Wuhan, Mumbai

17:00 – 18:00    Dr. Rajendra Shinde (Botanist, Vice Principal, St. Xaviers College)

                        Topic: Ethnic, Cultural, Scientific and Horticultural Uses of Plants

Sunday 1st November 2013

10:00 – 11:00    Preeti Patil (Catering In-Charge at Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) & Hon. Trustee of Vidya Varadhi Trust)

                        Topic: Creating an Urban Farming Revolution in Mumbai
12:00 – 13:00    Key Speaker

                        Dr. A J T Johnsingh (Author of the Book: Mammals of South Asia)

Topic: The Past, Present and the future of Large Mammal Research and Conservation in India

15:00 – 16:00    Isaac Kehimkar (Lepidopterist and Fullbright Scholar, Author of 5 Books)

                        Topic: Butterflies and Conservation

16:00 – 17:30    Closing Session Speakers (10 min. each, followed by Question and Answer)

                        Kavita Mukhi (Founder of Farmer’s Market)

                        Topic: Joys and Travails of the Farmers Market

                        Kedar Bhide (Applied Biologist)

                        Topic: Organic Agriculture? A Reality Check!

                        Ankush Vengurlekar (Agriculturalist and Senior Manager Fundraising and Communication)

                        Topic: Organic Farming – Experiences of an Organic Agriculturist

                        Ms Tejal Dhulla (State Coordinator for India for Safe Food Campaign)

                        Topic: GM Food and Crops – Solution or Problem

                        Rishi Aggarwal (Environmental Activist)

                        Topic: Session Closing

 


 

Panel Discussion

Sunday 1st November 2013

16:30 – 17:30    Panel Discussion beginning with presentation of panelists’ works

                        Topic: Feeding Billions: Natural, Chemical or GMO Foods

                        Moderator: Rishi Aggarwal (Environmental Activist)

                        Panelists: Anju Venkat (Nutritionist), Kavita Mukhi (Founder of Farmers’ Market, Mumbai), Kedar Bhide (Herpetologist & Toxicologist), Ankush Vengurlekar  (Agricultarist & Sr. Manager Fundraising & Communication), Shreemati Malalti (Dahanukar Trust (SMDT), Tejal Dhulla (Independent Citizen campaigning for a GMO-Free World).

 


 

Workshops

Saturday 31st of November 2013

12:00 – 13:00    Sabita (Green Souls)

                        Urban Farming

12:00 – 13:00    Vikrant Singh (Sports Nutritionist, Yoga Trainer and a Masseur)

                        Yoga for Kids 

14:00 – 15:00    Yogesh Waghmare and Pintuile Gajar (SPROUTS Eco-Leaders)

                        Eco-Decorations: Art from Waste

15:00 – 16:00    Dr. Rina Dev, (M.VSc Veterinary Surgeon)

                        Care, Treatment & Rescue of Pets and stray animals

16:00 – 17:00    Omkar Pai and Akhilesh Mishra (SPROUTS Eco-Leaders)

                        Eco-Rangolis

16:00 – 17:00    Muffadal Hussain (Eating Designer)

                        Attractive food for Kids (Healthy & Tasty)

17:00 – 18:00    Mahesh Sonkar

                        Calligraphy


Sunday 1st December 2013

10:00 – 11:00    Omkar Pai and Akhilesh Mishra (SPROUTS Eco-Leaders)

                        Paper Mache World

11:00 – 12:00    Yogesh Waghmare (SPROUTS Eco-Leader)

                        Fruit & Vegetable Carving

11:00 – 12:00    Dr. Rina Dev, M.VSc (Veterinary Surgeon)

                        Care, Treatment & Rescue of Pets and stray animals 

14:00 – 15:00    Nanda & Ganesh

                        Fresh & Local – Urban Farming

15:00 – 16:00    Muffadal Hussain (Eating Designer)

Quick foods for Singles (Healthy & Tasty)

15:00 – 16:00    Vikrant Singh

                        Yoga for Adults and Senior Citizens

15:30 – 16:30    Dr. S Gaikwad

                        Taxidermy

 


 

Cyclathon and Run against Starvation

Sunday 1st December 2013

7:00 AM            Besides the health benefits of cycling and running, rallies for a cause are becoming important ways to express solidarity and increase public awareness about critical issues plaguing our society. In line with our this year’s theme: Food Security and Conservation, we have planned a 12.5km Cyclathon and Run Against Starvation. This rally will highlight the plight of farmers, the millions of children, women and men who do not have enough food in both the rural and urban regions, largely due to poor resource distribution and management. For children below 14 years of age, a mini-run of 2.5 km is also planned.

 


 

Art for Nature

Sunday 1st December 2013

10:00 – 18:00    Art for Nature is a one-day Art Camp, where-in leading artists will paint canvases on the festival’s Central Theme: Food Security & Nature Conservation. The paintings created will be auctioned to raise funds to educate underprivileged children from Mumbai and help them experience the beauty of nature. Art-lovers and collectors will love to lay their hands on these creations and in the process contribute towards Environment Education and Conservation.

Participating Artists: Pradipta Ray, Bimal Poddar, Amit Sonawane, Nitesh Mohanty, Nina Saprani, Jagannath, Sangita Chaudhry, Neha Gandhi, Haroon Robert, Rajesh Chakravarty

 


 

Activities and Competition

Saturday 30th November 2013

15:00 – 16:00    Nature Hunt

                        Team of 5 Participants will perform nature related task and get clues. They are expected to identify the clue and recognize the next spot and rush to the spot where the task is located. Here, they will find another clue. All the clues will eventually head towards a single clue and the team which solves the mystery first will be the winner.

14:00-15:00       Biohousie

                        Each participant is given a housie ticket on which names of animals/ things/ plants/ birds are written in blocks (like numbers written in an actual housie ticket). Host describes a characteristics/ nature of the animals/ things/ plants/ birds mentioned in the housie ticket which are to be identified by the participants and the identified name, if present on the ticket, is struck off. There would be prizes for first horizontal or vertical line. The one who finishes the biohousie first will be a winner.

12:00 – 13:00    Nature photography

Eligibility criteria: Those carrying their own camera/cell phones with not less than 5MP camera. Participants are allotted half an hour to explore the nature park and capture a snap related to nature and caption it. The best 2 pictures captured will be awarded and one with the best caption will also be given prize.

17:00 – 18:00    T-shirt painting

Plain T-shirts are given to participants to draw a nature-related painting. Best 3 painting will be awarded. 

 

Sunday 1st December 2013

10:00 – 11:00    Nature photography

Eligibility criteria: Those carrying their own camera/cell phones with not less than 5MP camera. Participants are allotted half an hour to explore the nature park and capture a snap related to nature and caption it. The best 2 pictures captured will be awarded and one with the best caption will also be given prize.

11:00 – 12:00    Nature Hunt

                        Team of 5 Participants will perform nature related task and get clues. They are expected to identify the clue and recognize the next spot and rush to the spot where the task is located. Here, they will find another clue. All the clues will eventually head towards a single clue and the team which solves the mystery first will be the winner.

14:00 – 15:00    Mask Making

                        Participants will make mask out the paper and natural props. The best 3 masks will be awarded. 

16:30 - 17:30     Biohousie

                        Each participant is given a housie ticket on which names of animals/ things/ plants/ birds are written in blocks (like numbers written in an actual housie ticket). Host describes a characteristics/ nature of the animals/ things/ plants/ birds mentioned in the housie ticket which are to be identified by the participants and the identified name, if present on the ticket, is struck off. There would be prizes for first horizontal or vertical line. The one who finishes the biohousie first will be a winner.

 


 

Adventure Sports Arena

With the intension of promoting a sense of adventure and to train youth to involve themselves in support and rescue during the increasing climatic events, every year we have an elaborate adventure sports arena including an artificial rock-climbing and rappelling wall, a burma-bridge, rope ladders and other such activities. The entire arena is superbly managed by Adventure Sports Expert and leading artificial rock-climbing wall designer, Harshal Gandhi and his Ergo Outdoors Team.

 


 

Film-Festival

Some brilliant short films (<20mins) have been curated under 5 sub-themes to educate, entertain and bring home the point about Food and Wildlife Conservation and How Urban Farmers can help solve garbage and food problems at the same time, while enjoying a healthy hobby.


 

Photo Exhibition

Around 30 photographers from India and Abroad including awarded professionals, amateurs and hobby photographers bring together a visual delight of foods, wastage, farming, wild-life and prey-predator associations. Some rare wildlife shots have been captured and will be displayed here.