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For the love of Mountains: Harishchandragad Clean-up trek

Harishchandragad Clean-up Trek: Let's make a difference at the mighty Kokankada!

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What?

Clean-up Trek

Where?

Harishchandragad-Kokankada
(From Mumbai)

When?

6th February 2022

Endurance:

Easy

Trek Difficulty:

Easy to Medium

Fee:

With Travel: 1200/-

Without: 200/-

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About the Trek

If you’re an avid trekker or even just a beginner, Harishchandragad will positively impact your interest in trekking. Serenity, peace, flora, and everything in its geological surrounding are blessed abundantly. It will perhaps convince you to keep visiting its aura over and over again!

Atop lies the temple of Harishchandreshwar, paying homage to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. It also has an inbuilt natural spring that provides potable water to the surrounding village. Next to the temple, you will also find several ancient caves; one such cave has a natural pool. A dip in this pool of organic cold water will rejuvenate you and quell the aches of a long tiring trek.

 

Why Trek For Nature?

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Waste found on the mountains due to irresponsible trekkers.

This collage summarizes everything. The trend of trekking and the waste it generates are both increasing. Inconsiderate trekkers leave behind mindless traces, interfering with the natural tranquillity.

Therefore, Ecopurple, with its ‘Trek for Nature’ initiative, started organizing Clean-Up Treks in the Sahyadris since 2020. We trek for nature to address this pressing issue and raise awareness. After the success of our clean-up treks at Mount Kalsubai, Fort Harihar, and Devkund Waterfall, this time, in collaboration with the zestful team of Travelhood, we have organized our fourth trek at the mighty Harishchandragad-Kokankada! 

We are looking for true nature and trek lovers. If you identify as one of them, then this is the right event for you. With Travelhood’s trusted assistance, Ecopurple ensures you a safe, joyful, and fulfilling experience. Our policy? Trek-Chill-Clean! Your service to nature will leave you feeling nothing but proud.

Read about our past experiences here:
Impromptu eco-trekking at Devkund.
Ecopurple’s first official Clean-up trek at Mount Kalsubai.
Our second trek at fort Harihar.
Our third Clean-up trek at Devkund Waterfall

 

Itinerary

Pick Up Points: (Saturday Night – 5th Feb 2022)

  • 8:00 pm – National Park, Borivali
  • 8:45 pm –  Andheri Highway
  • 9:00 pm – Hanuman Road, Vile Parle
  • 9:20 pm – Vakola Police Station, Santacruz
  • 10:00 pm – Kalanagar, Bandra
  • 10:45 pm – Sion Circle
  • 11:20 pm – Mulund Highway
  • 12:20 am – Thane Highway
  • 1:00 am – Kalyan Bypass
  • 5:00 am – reach base village
  • 5:30 am – breakfast
  • 6:00 am – start the trek
  • 9:00 am – reach Kokankada
  • 11:00 am – start descending
  • We will begin with the Clean Up once we begin descending. Gloves and Eco bags for the same will be provided to you.
  • 3:00 pm- reach base village and have lunch
  • 4:00 pm – start return journey towards Mumbai
  • 10:00 pm (approximately) – reach Mumbai.
  • Mask and Sanitizer
  • Trekking shoes
  • Water 2 liters (use reusable water bottle)
  • Sweaters/ jackets
  • Torch with extra batteries (must)
  • A haversack to keep hands free
  • One extra pair of clothes
  • Ready to eat snacks
  • Camera (Optional) – Get a Dry Bag to keep clothes and electronic gadgets dry
  • Electral powder or  Glucon D 
  • Personal medicines. 
  • Please do not carry handbags or jholas for this trek
  • Please keep personal tea mugs, spoon, and a small Swiss knife handy
  • Identity proof (must)

PLEASE NOTE THAT DRINKING AND SMOKING DURING THE TREK ARE PROHIBITED.

Transportation (To and From Harishchandragad)

Entry fee

Trek guidance

Food [Breakfast and Lunch]

Eco Bags and Gloves.

Everything that is not mentioned in the inclusions.

  • Each member of the group (participants/leaders/ clients & staff) wears a protective mask while on interaction with each other. Do carry few unused, reusable face masks.
  • It is strongly recommended to wear caps, full sleeves shirts, and full trousers and shoes for adventure activities. It reduces exposure to your body parts.
  • It should be ascertained from the participants that they are not residing / have not traveled in a containment zone and have not come in contact with any person who was tested positive in the last 14 days.
  • Ascertain whether any participant has any symptoms of Influenza-like illness (ILI) like fever, dry cough, weakness, severe body ache, etc. at the time of the beginning of the activity. If it is so then he/she should be asked not to participate actively and be evacuated on medical grounds and should be asked to report to the local health authorities with his own expenses.
  • Strictly avoid eating gutkha, pan masala, cigarette, or sniffing which induces spitting, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching external surfaces and touching your face when outdoors.
  • If the location of your adventure activity is too crowded then be prepared to leave or wait for the crowd to disperse/for your turn.
  • It is mandatory that a participant informs the organizers if he tests positive for COVID within 14 days of returning from adventure activity. It will help the organizers to inform and alert all other persons in the group so that they can follow the medical/government norms in this regard. Here it is absolutely essential that the participant observes transparency and informs the organizers/group leaders about his COVID test results.
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Graviky lab’s AIR-INK® is a promising solution to pollution!

Black Exhaust to Black Ink!

How does vehicular pollution look – Black, White, or Grey? And how much does it contribute to environmental pollution? Is there a solution to this pollution?  

In India, air pollution is led by industries at 51%, followed by motor vehicles at 27%, then a disturbing 17% by burning agriculture waste and 5% by other sources. Work is in progress to either find sustainable energy alternatives or offset the carbon impact using other green technologies/activities. 

Research to not only reduce vehicular pollution but also make use of it continues to date. As a result, many technological innovations to tackle air pollution have emerged in recent years. One such unique innovation is Graviky Lab’s AIR-INK®   

Developed in India, this technology by Graviky labs follows the laws of conservation of energy by converting exhaust pollution into usable ink, making it a perfect circular economy.

How does this work?

Kaalink (derived from a Hindi word, ‘Kaali’ meaning black), a carbon-capturing device, is mounted at the end of the exhaust/tailpipe of a bike, a car, or a diesel generator. This device stores up to 95% of the pollutants coming out of the engines. Kaalink collects the particulate matter (PM) of carbon emissions – the Carbon Soot. Inhaling carbon soot can cause severe respiratory diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, and more.

In an experiment, fitting a Kaalink to an old Euro 3 car removed 45 minutes’ worth of emissions by filling a 30 ml container. The magnitude of pollution control that can be achieved on motor vehicles older than five years, diesel engines generators on a macro scale can be a gamechanger for the automotive and industrial pollution practices.

How significant is this AIR-INK®?

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The innovation takes on both sides of the coin in one go. Not only does it curb air pollution, but it also provides a sustainable option for manufacturing ink for various industries. Conventionally, ink preparation involves two stages: mixing the solvent, resin and additives and adding necessary pigments to provide printability to the ink. By this process of making the best out of waste, ink can be produced for the packaging and printing industry, personal and commercial paper printing, sticky ink for plastic cards, apparel and automotive interiors, marker pens for artworks, etc.

Graviky Lab’s Air-Ink is not available for the public, yet. However, with some kick-starter programs, they have managed to clear about 1 trillion litres of air and collected more than 770 litres of ink!

With home-grown innovations like this, challenging the traditional approach of balancing carbon footprint, the right growth platforms should be built to not only help them reach the right market quickly but also promote more start-ups to come up with unique solutions as ‘From India, For the world’.

About the Author

Abhijeet Parmar, founder of Senergy Pallet Pvt. Ltd., is working to introduce Eco-friendly Logistics Pallets in Asia-Pacific Region. He aims to bring the focus on outstanding clean-tech startups of India. ‘It’s not just that we have a huge talent pool in our country, but it is also the need of the hour’, says Abhijeet..

To know more such stories of eco-creativity, click here.

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A Day at Devkund Waterfall – Ecopurple’s Third Successful Clean-up Trek

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Devkund waterfall - a must-visit place for a Clean-up Trek!

On 24th October 2021, Ecopurple organized its third successful Clean-up trek under the ‘Trek for Nature’ initiative. After making a difference at mount Kalsubai and fort Harihar, this time, we chose the crowd-favourite destination – Devkund Waterfall.

I am super grateful to have been able to make a difference with these 21 amazing earthlings! Together, 22 of us collected 14 huge bags of trash from the waterfall to the base village. We trekked, chilled, and cleaned! 

Despite being such an exquisite place, the trail was littered with tons and tons of trash! We found the same-old waste items – food wrappers, single-use bottles, masks, slippers, shoe soles, polyethene bags, and much more! To say it was disturbing would be an absolute understatement.

It is saddening that people consider nature a good place to dump their ‘kachra’ and not care for the consequences. The 14 bags we collected don’t even constitute 1% of the total trash that must be lying in and around the forest. So much of the waste was inaccessible to us. We certainly need thousands of participants to clean this beauty of a location.

Nevertheless, we feel proud about the fact that we did our part. We left the place cleaner than how we found it. Our intent to create awareness was pretty successful, thanks to all the volunteers!

As always, we ended our clean-up trek by donating all the trash to Sangam Pratishthan (a waste management NGO), making sure the waste is taken care of responsibly.

Ecopurple looks forward to organizing more clean-up treks in the near future. If you are reading this, we count on your valuable participation 🙂

Watch this reel to get a glimpse of how Ecopurple's clean-up trek looks like 🙂

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How bad are the impacts of climate change? How to deal?

Earth is warming, ice is melting, and we are chillin'!

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The Afghanistan crisis due to the Taliban takeover, or the trade war between US-China, highlights contemporary International politics. Underdeveloped and developing nations are still facing the heat of the COVID wave while developed economies recover due to their vast vaccination programmes. But amid all these, another situation that needs to be addressed at utmost priority, but still ignored blatantly: CLIMATE CHANGE!!!

The impacts of Climate change are evident for quite a long time now, and we don’t need to dig many records to understand it. Many events that occurred globally during recent times are, by far, the most alarming signals of Climate change, and they need to be addressed, NOW!

But really, how bad are the impacts of Climate Change? Why do we need to worry?

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A recent report by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) titled ‘Climate Change 2021: The Physical science basis’ has flagged many concerns and stats that need to be put on the table now, if not before! The report predicts that the world is on track for global temperature warming by at least 2.7 (degree)C by 2100, calling it “code red” for humanity.

According to the report Indian ocean is warming at a higher rate than any other ocean, which will eventually cause a rise in sea levels resulting in frequent and severe coastal flooding in low-level areas. Extremes such as heatwaves, droughts, floods, and storms are only intensifying with rising temperatures. The report warns of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region shrinking and snow cover retreating to higher altitudes!

A study by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology at Dehradun states that precipitation of summer periods at higher altitudes may change from snow to rain, disturbing the summer and winter patterns!! Now, at least “No Snow in the North” should open our eyes wide open! The IPCC report warns clearly of mountain glaciers shrinking, and permafrost will continue to thaw in all regions where they are present.

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"The Batagaika crater in eastern Siberia, half a mile wide and growing, is the largest of many across the Arctic. As permafrost laced with buried ice thaws, the ground collapses, forming craters or lakes."

Another staggering event that occurred recently was rainfall at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet for the first time on record, another signal of warming accelerating ice sheet melting at a rapid rate. Recent series of towns washed away in Germany, Subways turned into storm water drains in China, forests fried in the US, and many lives lost due to flooding in India, all are the impacts of CLIMATE CHANGE!! It would be appropriate to quote “warming is coming!”

How can we deal with this crisis?

We should consider all these findings the tip of the iceberg (worried about future generations being puzzled while using such a phrase, as the warming would melt all icebergs for them to witness it!) We need to act globally, and it should be now! Territorial disputes can take a break to limit ourselves to ecological boundaries. World leaders must frame appropriate policies. Private investments should chip in for sustainable growth, with collective efforts at all local levels.

The IPCC report clearly states that for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 Degrees, cumulative net emissions should be net-zero and not just net emissions. Developed countries need to revamp their environmental policies. Developing and underdeveloped nations need to frame their development agendas, prioritizing environment and sustainability.

The commitment of leaders at the G7 summit towards Climate change is somewhat of a relief; but, it needs to be taken ahead by all the stakeholders. The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the UN Framework Convention on climate change is scheduled for November in Glasgow. All eyes will be on the world policymakers to take some global measures to mitigate the climate crisis!

Our history shows that extensive public outcry has pulled off massive revolutions. It is not wrong to say that we are at the stage where we might need a new global reformation! An eco revolution! To strive for ourselves and the generations to come! We ought to look at the bigger global picture and act on it. As Gandhiji said, “Be the change you want to see in the world” we need to be the wave of that change and rise against the rise of warming! While the earth is warming and glaciers are melting, we definitely cannot be chillin!!!

We would love to know your views on this matter. Feel free to express what you think in the comments 🙂

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Medellín’s Green Corridors Project: a Blueprint for a Sustainable World

Here's how Medellín's Green Corridors Project is helping the city to control rising heat levels

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Source: Business Insider

Colombia’s second-largest city – Medellín, turned to nature-based solutions to tackle the rising urban heat levels. The city faced the urban heat island effect, as the concrete and asphalt infrastructures kept the city warm by absorbing and radiating the sun’s energy.

To deal with such elevating temperatures, the city officials decided to increase their town’s green cover. As a result, Medellín’s Green Corridors Project came into action. Through the initiative, the city turned 18 streets and 12 waterways into mini forests. They converted several isolated dumping areas into beautiful gardens. The community cherishes and voluntarily looks after the gardens.

The afforestation helped the city to reduce its temperature by 2 degrees! Moreover, the natural cooling effect of these 30 Green Corridors introduced bees and birds back to the city.

These are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.

– The International Union of Nature Conservation

Medellín’s Green Corridors project, promoting green infrastructures, is an excellent example that proves adaptation to and mitigating climate change is possible. All we need to do is to live in harmony with our natural world. A sustainable world would not be a pipe dream if only we decide to listen to nature. 

Also read: The Bio-architects of Mumbai – Put Your Hands Together