Two days’ State Workshop on “Role of a Senior Citizen in Maintaining a Green and Sustainable Environment”-
This workshop was organized by ILC-I with the support of Gharda Chemicals on the 20th and 21st of October 2016 at YASHADA, Pune.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Arvind Jha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Retd.).
The invited participants were two office-bearers from each of the fifteen senior citizens’ organisations from different parts of the state of Maharashtra which had been awarded the ILC-I Awards since 2010. The rationale for inviting the representatives of these organisations was that these organisations had a track record of doing commendable work for elders in particular and the society in general (and which had been recognized by ILC-I by felicitating them with the ILC-I Awards).
The concept behind this workshop was to make a qualitative difference in our lives- and to engage senior citizens as the catalysts, to do so.
Our Environment today is very fragile- it needs proper nurturing and dedicated tending to- or else soon mankind would be faced with all kinds of environmental disasters that would make life on earth inhabitable for it.
Experts from the fields of rain-water harvesting, recycling, solid waste management, segregation of dry and wet garbage, Community Cleanliness, Valueducation, Vermicomposting and other such related subjects were invited to speak and give training to the participants.
The Valedictory Address on the second day of the workshop was delivered by Ms. Madhuri Sahasrabuddhe, the Corporator from Pune and an active social worker.
The objective of the workshop was essentially to harness the wisdom, knowledge, energy and time of the senior citizens for working towards maintaining a green and sustainable environment, for which they are given training and information by the invited experts. The trained senior citizens go back to their hometowns and with the help, support and cooperation of their Senior Citizens’ Organisation undertake one environment-protection initiative and implement it.
They were then expected to document the activity and send ILC-I a documented record including a report with photos, CDs or DVDs of the project undertaken by them latest by the 21st of January 2017 with the representatives to attend a one day feedback workshop on the 31st of January 2017.
This initiative instills a sense of qualitative participation, a sense of dignity and productivity in the elders as they undertake an environment-protection and sustainable programme for the well-being of society and mankind. This was a singularly innovative example of the hidden potential that the elders have and what they can do when the right opportunity comes their way.
It is a pioneering endeavor undertaken by ILC-I and which was received with whole-hearted enthusiasm and sincerity by the invited elderly participants.