Grow green kiosk is a small Kiosk to be situated preferably at a public place (like Railway Station/Garden/Square or plaza /Bus Depot) for development of environmental and bio-diversity awareness and education.
The kiosk should be made of reusable & bio-degradable materials and preferably should run on any alternative source of energy. Color of kiosk should be a mix of green and yellow.
Grow Green kiosk is not only a confined structure enclosed within four boundary walls but it is a concept model developed to enrich life.
Grow green kiosk to work on principle of necessity depending on the place it is situated, be it a mega city, a far-flung village, a small town in the desert or may be a hill station.
We have attempted to embrace all sorts of environmental/biodiversity issues but felt very strongly that we need to educate people about their social responsibility, taking into account different social ethics and behavior.
Design : The kiosk would be of size 7*3.5 ft., non-conventional source of energy to fulfill electricity needs, open on one side, three big windows, green &yellow colored, some flowers and plants around.
How Grow Green Kiosk will work:
Nature is No nonsense. It always rewards you back and it retaliates also if you play the spoil sport. Nature is self balancing it is us who cut trees, make dams, kill animals, dig oil wells, do mining, raise atomic power plants and hell lot of things. What we get back is known to everybody.
One Green Mobile No. to let people clear their doubts about any issues like time of some specific plantation, location of seeds availability, details of veterinary doctors, kitchen gardening issues Public can inform through us about the fire in the forest and cutting of trees.
James Brabazon (Author of the Biography of Albert Schweitzer) defined Reverence for Life with the following statement:
“Reverence for Life says that the only thing we are really sure of is that we live and want to go on living. This is something that we share with everything else that lives, from elephants to blades of grass—and, of course, every human being. So we are brothers and sisters to all living things, and owe to all of them the same care and respect, that we wish for ourselves.
Albert Schweitzer ,was a theologian, Coined the term Reverence for Life (got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952) and it is believed that this concept was influenced by Indian religious thought and in particular principle of Ahimsa (non-violence) .
We in India have our own ecological and environmental problems and wish we would be more kind & caring, sensitive and sensible to these issues. We should strike a balance between nature and development.
We are also suffering the trauma and tragedies of Global Warming, Green House Gases, Tsunami, Floods and Draughts etc., from Chernobyl to Uttarakhand we are blameworthy for our prejudiced vision in developing modern India and forgetting the nature and environment.
In India we should promptly and critically consider Health and Sanitation problems and it should be an important subject to be included in environmental education.
We don’t have clean and green urinals (it is nearly impossible to pee for a male in a public toilet, forget about females), we need to be quick in developing this.
India is one of the “megadiverse” countries. Just 17 of the world’s 200 or so countries contain 70 percent of its biodiversity, earning them the title “Mega-diverse.” with 2.4% of the land area, accounting for 7-8% of the species of the world, including about 91,000 species of animals and 45,500 species of plants, that have been documented in its ten bio-geographic regions. Of these 12.6% of mammals, 4.5% of birds, 45.8% of reptiles, 55.8% of amphibians and 33% of Indian plants are endemic, being found nowhere else in the world. It is further estimated that about 4,00,000 more species may exist in India which need to be recorded and described.
India has three of 34 “global biodiversity hotspots” – unique, biologically rich areas which are facing severe conservation threats. A biodiversity hotspot is a bio-geographic region with a significant reservoir of biodiversity that is under threat from humans. India home to nearly one-fifth of the world’s human population and is rapidly seeing a change in its economy from a predominantly agrarian society into a diversified one resulting in mounting pressures on land use. A consequence of this has been the loss and fragmentation of natural habitats, which has been identified as the primary threat to biodiversity.
Free access to biodiversity information is essential to promote conservation, management and sustainable use of biodiversity and has immense potential to increase the current and future value of the country’s biodiversity for a sustainable society.
Although the past decade of rapid economic growth has brought many benefits to India, the environment has suffered, exposing the population serious air and water pollution.
A new report finds that environmental degradation costs India $80 billion per year or 5.7% of its economy.
Green growth strategies are needed promote sustainable growth and to break the pattern of environmental degradation and natural resource depletion. Emission reductions can be achieved with minimal cost to GDP.
Some main areas to address will be:
- Value of environmental and resource economics in planning sustainable development.
- Importance of biodiversity conservation for sustainable development and for the stability & sustainability of ecological systems.
- The impact of economic globalization and market systems on the conservation of nature.
- Priorities for the financial support of protected areas.
- The extent to which ecotourism can be exploited or harnessed to reconcile economic utilization of an area with nature conservation.
- The costs and benefits of conservation and financing the management of nature reserves.
- Biodiversity conservation for food security.
- use/misuse of pesticides
- pros and cons of livestock,
- indigenous breed conservation,
- biodiversity conservation in urban and semi urban regions,
- development of different technologies in areas like seed conservation and rain water harvesting ,
- medicinal values of different plants and animal produce, encouraging traditional medicinal practices.
- Preparation of biodiversity registers for schools/villages and local areas.
- Importance of health and sanitation also to be addressed as it forms a derivative of biodiversity
- Use of virtual media using conventional and unconventional ways of advertising.
- Public participation, especially of school/college going students in preparing presentations at their own, depicting different environmental/biodiversity issues.
- Selecting best out of them and show casing them over different platforms.
Collaborating with local government institutions like Urban Development Authority or Public Works Department
Child to parent education: aiming on children education and promoting them as sort of environ-messenger influencing the parents and the society at large.
- Developing a questionnaire addressing the latest areas of concern and suggested solutions. Same is to be forwarded to ministry of environment and forests.
Advertising /Branding and Awareness Activities:
Organizations/private institutes/corporate/government institutes should be encouraged to open such kiosks.
Educational audio/visual electronic and print media should be distributed
Questionnaire should be communicated over the internet.
Workshops/training courses/camps/rallies/yatra, especially use of “Science Express: Biodiversity special”
Exhibitions/quizzes/public meetings/demonstration projects
Street theatres/festivals/science fairs/folk media
Kiosk sponsors to be sought:
“Willingness to pay “survey for eco tourism
“Willingness to pay “for the green kiosk
Industrialists who have done commendable job are to be presented as role models