World Environment Day 2017 Celebrations
AYUDH Pune celebrated this year’s World Environment Day at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Nigdi by propagating the message of a cleaner and greener environment. The day also marked the anniversary of AYUDH Pune’s flagship campaign ‘Haritamritam’ – A Green initiative launched on June 5, 2016.
AYUDH or Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara is the youth wing of Mata Amritanandamayi Math aiming to use the powerful force of young people to perpetuate natural harmony, social justice, and personal empowerment. The AYUDH Pune team had taken up a challenge of reaching and educating 5000 families about organic terrace gardening in one year. The team surpassed the target and have educated about 6000 families or 24000 individuals. They have conducted a total of 50 workshops in 26 societies, 19 institutions and 5 corporate offices.
The team celebrated the success by organizing a cycle rally of students who spread awareness on environmental issues and educated people about simple ideas to save the environment. They organized a formal function at the Ashram where they showcased the Haritamritam success by presenting the activities during the past on year. The chief guests for the function were Mr. Sagar Nazarkar, an eminent environmentalist, Shailaja More, Deputy Mayor of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Swami Vidyamritananda Puri who is in charge of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Pune and Bri. Pavanamrita Chaitanya, Principal of Amrita Vidyalayam, Pune.
Shailaja More congratulated the AYUDHians and the student participants for their efforts. Mr. Nazarkar in his speech emphasized that “While historically environment being a delicate topic, India and Indians have always been aware of striking the balance with Nature”. Swami Vidyamritananda Puri talked about the importance of converting our positive thoughts in to positive activities. Bri. Pavanamrita Chaitanya laid stress on the aim of AYUDH and Haritamritam and described how Haritamritam is contributing towards making healthy citizens for tomorrow’s India.