Online chat on 18 th July 2005 on "Environment Education”
Susan: Welcome to IWC chat on "Environment Education"
Susan: Are you in education by any chance?
Chait: yes, wild life is my hobby
Susan: what do you teach?
Chait: i organise camps
Chait: so I teach priliminary things on birds,snakes, wild animals, forests etc.
Susan: How do you find the participants interest in environment?
Chait: 95% r very much interested
Susan: Are your participants children?
Chait: and youths,too
Chait: can i know about you,too?
Susan: I spend most of my time for IWC and I make documentaries .
Chait: so u must have ben to most of our jungles, must be lucky gal...
Geeta: Hi Chait, Susan
Susan: Yes, many of them like Ranthambore, Corbett
Geeta: and I have been to Tadoba , Bandhavgarh, Corbett, Thekkady
Susan: What about you Chait?
Chait: ever been to gir?
Geeta: Not me either
Chait: its like heaven
Geeta: What all did you see there?
Susan: Do you take the campers to Gir?
Chait: i have been to sariska, ranthambhor,tadoba,and all other of gujarat
Chait: yes, i do
Susan: So you believe the best way to teach willife is to be actually there.
Shweta: hi susan
Chait: hey, y some of messages r not reaching there?
Susan: Hi Shewta
Chait: if u r in jungle, u can convey your thoughts very clearly
Chait: hi shweta !
Shweta: i am based in lucknow
Chait: I am from Gujarat
Susan: I am in Gurgaon
Shweta: i am very much concerned with environment education
Geeta: What do you think is the best way to sensitise people to environment, esply children
Shweta: i m working with children these days to sensitize them for the cause of conservation
Chait: every summer i pass thru ur city,susan
Planter: hi everyone
Chait: hi planter
Susan: Hi Planter
Planter: Hi Susan and Chait
Chait: every summer i take a group of my members to himalaya
Geeta: What do you do planter?
Planter: Susan I am Ankur, Wrote about the man-elephant conflict
Planter: I am a Tea Planter
Chait: i think geeta is very calm girl
Chait: she is just listening
Susan: Ankur, did you get any responses to your query on Blog?
Planter: Thanks for introducing me to this site
Planter: No none yet
Chait: ankur, i m a new member
Shweta: susan what do u feel about the state of environment and the role of kids
Geeta: chait, which part of Himalyas did you go to?
Chait: can u explain it to me?
Planter: Thanks for the help anyway
Chait: i have been on mount kamet in an expedition
Geeta: uttaranchal, Kashmir?
Chait: but i take kids near manali
Shweta: i ve also taken students to nature camp this summer to Ranikhet
Geeta: Where is Mount Kamet?
Chait: ohh, i have been to hp, uttaranchal
Chait: last year, i was there for one night
Planter: Sorry to interupt you ladies but I wanted to draw your attention to the extensive use of pesticides in Tea Plantations
Susan: Shweta, I think kids are curious and able to absorb a lot-They can influence their parents
Chait: i was on the way back from trek to gulfu glacier
Shweta: we actually celebrated world environment day there
Chait: u r right susan
Chait: june 5th?
Planter: The worst part is that no one seems to be bothered about the ir-repairable loss that is being done
Chait: u r right
Shweta: susan i am working hard for making them realize the conditionof mother earth but some how here i lack cooperation from people
Chait: would you like some activities in gujarat?
Geeta: Pesticides are entering our food chain. What is its impact on the local environment
Planter: Can anything be done susan
Planter: There has been no study
Geeta: Planter, what is the attitude of top mgmt towards the use of pesticides? and its impact on environ
Planter: I am sure it is considerable
Susan: I think there is need for education there
Chait: it needs an extensive mass movement
Shweta: my kids r really active
Chait: because the production growth is required by every farmer
Susan: Use our website to create awareness-write blogs, write articles
Planter: Well I work for a company which claims to be commited to environment protection but spend Rs 2000 per Hectare on Chemical pest Control
Planter: Who do I educate
Planter: People who would read the blog are not the people who make decisions
Geeta: Any use of natural pest control measures also?
Chait: but is that convincing the farmers planter?
Chait: i think farmers are not adopting that pesticides
Planter: first of all the people who matter need to decide to look 4 alternatives
Susan: If you do astudy of your area and suggest alternatives to chemicals we can publish it in the ezine
Chait: because they r after fast growth and more crop
Planter: Chait majority of Tea is not grown by farmers but by large plantations owned by big companies chait if they use organic fert. they can get enough crop chait if they use organic fert. they can get enough crop
Chait: if they use organic fert. they can get enough crop
Shweta: but it will soon reduce the fetility of soil
Chait: but they r not easy to spend time and efforts after it
Planter: I cant susan. I would lose my job. I hope you understand
Geeta: We need to keep trying and it could make an impact on some decision makers
Chait: yes, but they dont think about far future
Geeta: Is your company that closed to new ideas?
Planter: That is the issue chait
Shweta: that the biggest problm 2day
Chait: i m trying to educate kids and youth about toxic effects of fertilizers
Chait: but they r not the users
Planter: do you know that the majority of tea sold in the Tea Auctions is not even tested for MRLs of Pesticides
Chait: but if they r after all tah things, they 'll lose the market
Geeta: Are there house magazines of your company where youcan givesuggestions?
Chait: its like a vicious circle dear planter
Shweta: we need another sunita narayan here
Susan: We can all be Sunita Narains if we wish to
Chait: its a matirialistic atmosphere
Planter: Dear Gita why mine all Tea companies are closed to new ideas
Planter: Thaere are some estates in the area who have gone organic and are still surviving
Chait: let ppl have acid rains
Chait: perhaps they can understand what they are causing to mother earth!
Shweta: chait we cant wait for it
Planter: I disagree with this chait. We are not here to display pessimism
Chait: u r right
Chait: we are trying to aware ppl
Shweta: we know the response of US to globle warming in this G 8
Planter: Let me share my predicament with you
Chait: but what if they r upto being dumb?
Susan: Lack of Awareness among youth and adult of today is responsible for many excesses
Susan: We can make case studies of the organic farms and distribute
Planter: I am a Senior Assistant Manager in a big company
Chait: so u can just start to use organics planter
Planter: I am personally responsible for deploying and ensuring Pest Control
Chait: have u ever used germicides made from neem?
Planter: I do not have the freedom to decide on alternatives as they might result in crop loss
Chait: neem is the best germicide
Shweta: susan we are young and energetic why cant we do this
Chait: but u can test it on some plants
Shweta: why cant we use media for awareness
Susan: That is the spirit Shweta
Shweta: media can play important role
Geeta: Planter, can you carry out an expt in a small area and assess the yield? from use of bothnalternatives?
Chait: we were fighting against plastic since last three years in my city
Chait: thru eco clubs of schools
Planter: My personal experience with most of the commercially available neem products has been very poor
Chait: now, after 3 years, polythin bags below 20 microns are banned
Chait: but u can try to make it at your own
Shweta: chait i agree with you that its today child who can really bring change
Planter: It cannot be tried at a large scale
Geeta: There is lot of pioneering work being done by Vandana Shiva why not check on the net
Chait: u have to stick on it
Chait: and the ridiculous thing, i would like to tell is....
Shweta: susan why cant we run a mass movement for environment education
Chait: right my name first
Shweta: since supreme court also made it compulsory
Susan: Shweta can you be more specific
Shweta: then also its been a year now
Chait: I m going to 6 schools regularly and run eco clubs there
Geeta: Planter are you still there?
Chait: i dont make them masters in environment just
Lalit: Hi to all
Susan: Lalit having come late, shoot your qns fast
Chait: just creating love in there hearts for mother earth
Chait: Hi lalit
Shweta: if you go and find the no of school colleges really following it ,u will be surprized
Chait: they r working on it
Chait: the change in their mentality is tremendous
Chait: i m satisfied, i have got results
Susan: Environment Education is finally an attitude change, so Chait is doing something great
Shweta: but here the condition is not good
Chait: thnks susan
Chait: but i m juast repaying .0000001% to mother earth
Chait: I m trying to convey my message to all the ppl
Planter: hi lalit
Susan: Shweta do you teach Env.Edn as a subject? You can may be take Chaits help in getting the hands on exp
Lalit: Well I am a Travel Agent & Specialised in School Grouping, Love to encourage the Young students to preserve the Wildlife & the Nature.Suggest me behalf of ur side. What kind of support can I hope from all of You
Chait: know its not easy,but we have to stick on it..
Chait: friends, I m working in state secretariat
Shweta: chait a ques 4 u ?do u have a team with u or u r doing it all alone
Chait: where r u frm lalit?
Planter: Where Chait?
Chait: i have some youths,
Chait: i have a good support from media ppl
Chait: i m in gujarat lalit
Shweta: susan i am doing my masters in eco tourism with specialization in wild life tourism but i am quite concerned with the kids
Chait: I m chairman of youth hostels association...
Shweta: and here i find myself all alone
Chait: can we help you susan by any mean?
Chait: shweta,where are you?
Chait: in lucknow na?
Shweta: here i cant see anyone to help me for this cause
Chait: i know some ppl there.
Planter: Bye eveyone.
Chait: may be they can help you
Geeta: shweta what is the attitude of your course mates to environment issues
Chait: if u wanna visit here,u r wel come
Planter: Plaese read my blog and get back to me.
Shweta: i am doing it through distance mode
Chait: and susan, if you wanna se my activities, we can meet when I m in delhi
Chait: i m there in chanakyapuri in every summer
Shweta: susan can you plz tell me how to go about it here
Chait: always with a group of 45 kids with me heading to the camp in himalayas
Susan: Bye Planter, Yes Chait we can meet be in touch thro mail
Chait: shweta, i m ready to help you,too
Chait: ofcourse yes...
Chait: mostly whole the day, i m online
Chait: and my e mail address is..email@example.com
Shweta: but how?
Chait: we can share our thoughts
Susan: Shweta, you can meet people with similar interests in IWC.com Be more active in Blogs, Chats Yahoo group
Susan: My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Chait: we can make it better together
Susan: On that note, shall we call it a day?
Chait: you are the host susan..its up to you
Susan: Ay suggestion for next months chat?
Shweta: mine is email@example.com
Chait: can we continue on the same?
Shweta: thanks a lot
Chait: hope the friendship of earthlovers will bring some new light
Susan: Ok, Bye and thanks to everyone.
Chait: bye susan,shweta,geeta,lalit !!