11 Care for Our Common Home – A Way Forward - Premila Martis

posted Sep 11, 2018, 10:43 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 10:43 AM ]
Laudato Si' 14: All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of Creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvement and talents.

The path to green living first starts in our hearts and minds; and as we reflect and act, it leads to green living in our homes and communities. Living in commune with Nature brings a sense of wellness that is sorely needed in today's age.

An effective way to deal with environmental problems such as pollution, waste management and declining green cover is to start small and local, and do the best we can. This would involve bringing together all the stakeholders in that locality. The Green Diocese initiative of the Archdiocese of Bombay is a timely step in this direction.

A valuable resource that is being burnt or junked and burnt at the landfills is LEAVES, and its related biomass like twigs and branches. Leaves that fall from trees (or plants) are meant to go back into the earth to rejuvenate the soil, and in turn, the trees they fell from. Those who know its value call it BROWN GOLD. So, burning this brown gold is a double whammy in a city that desperately needs greenery. The #SaveALeaf Campaign hopes to bring about individual as well as community involvement to Clean Our Air, Build Our Soil and Green Our City. The three objectives are all inter-dependent on each other.

A chance discussion about #SaveALeaf at a local SCC (Holy Angels Community) in St Andrew's Parish, Bandra in February 2018 led to the birth of Dream Grove, Bandra. A local park was taken up on an experimental basis, and the residents of the area started their green journey, giving it their all. Slowly and steadily, people from other areas of Bandra trickled in. The park utilises leaves from the surrounding areas to build its much-neglected soil, and grow edibles as well as diverse plants. An ultimate demonstration of green living is growing food, eating local and seasonal, thus reducing food miles.