"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ~Mahatma Gandhi~
Hello, I am Veronica D'souza, the parishioner of St Francis Xavier Parish, Vile Parle, and a member of Bombay Catholic Sabha of parish unit. I am writing this on behalf of my team on the occasion of World Energy Conservation Day.
As we all are aware, energy conservation plays a very important role because the utilization of non-renewable resources also impacts our environment. Here goes our story on how we are dedicated as one for the betterment of our environment.
It all started with a single person named Mr. Godwin Pinto, who took the step for the betterment of our environment, proposed his idea to us the BCS team, and from there on the journey of one team, one dream began. Plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem of the world.
How does plastic save energy? By allowing manufacturers and consumers to do more with less, using plastics can help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life of a product or package. The BCS team of our parish started collecting plastic every Sunday after the mass and some dedicated members started segregating them into dry waste and wet waste. Every Sunday, we started to collect around 20-25 kgs of plastic to save our environment so that it does not go to the dumping ground and create a hazard for nature but it should get recycled.
Our dear parishioners helped us too, to go ahead with this initiative. We were more glad when our little kids of Sunday school too joined this initiative and turned out to be the Green warriors. This initiative started growing steadily and became a part of us.
We, along with the Bisleri company continued the efforts of recycling and collecting tetra pack cartons. We also installed a bin so that every passerby or anyone can drop in the empty water bottles in the bin and does not litter the compound. Also, with the team of Bisleri International #Bottlesforchange, we distributed certificates to our young kids, the Green warriors who started helping us.
We had also arranged for a best out of waste competition along with an essay competitions so that the kids get more involved and understand the importance of saving the environment. Our small step turned out to be a great success. We got 3 benches out of recycled tetra packs in our church garden.
Our initiative got a green signal and more importance when Our Holy Father, Our Pope Francis in his encyclical wrote about the "care for our common home". It highlights the 'intimate relationship' between the poor and the fragility of the planet and this is how, with the worldwide wake-up call to help humanity we understand the destruction that man is rendering to the environment and his fellow men.
We as a team pledged for the betterment of our environment and will continue to do so.