Month: February 2010

Wonderful Wetlands

2 Feb is World Wetlands Day. The theme for 2010 is ‘‘Caring for Wetlands, an answer to climate change’. More at

It was 9 am when the three of us embarked upon a boat ride on the Thane creek. The boat reached the mud flats in the mouth of the creek and the sight of thousands of birds on the banks greeted us. There were wading birds like Redshanks, Greenshanks, Stints, Godwits, Plovers, Flamingos, Herons and Egrets. Hovering over the water in search of prey were Terns, Gulls, Marsh Harriers and Kites. As volunteers for the ‘Asian Waterfowl Count’ or AWC, our job was to count the water birds at the creek in the stretch we had selected.

Read the full article by Laxmikant Deshpande (click on ‘Archive’ if reading after Feb 2010).

Try the Wetland Quiz

A Day in the Life of a Wastepicker – short skit

Anusha and Yoshita decided to explore solid waste management in Aundh as their EVS project for Std IX. They interviewed the people who collect from their apartment blocks, asking where they take the garbage and what they do with it. They visited the sorting area in Anand Park, in NCL and also spoke to two people sorting waste on the pavement outside Chaitraban. They were just typing up their findings, when an English oral test was announced for which they were expected to perform a 2 minute skit. Since they couldn’t find an appropriate skit (2 minutes and 6 characters) on the internet, they wrote up one based on their SWM findings. I thought it worked out quite well so it became the Earthcare article for 29 Jan.

Cities need to provide spaces for sorting recyclables, for the safety of the people who handle waste and for cleaner neighbourhoods

Also, a facebook chat find (how Web 2.0 has changed our lives!) was a poem on poachers by Yash Deshpande, Std X  …

See Earthcare page in Sakal Young Buzz

check the Archives link on the same page if the latest article has replaced the article referred to above)