The Nagla forest, is a relatively unknown part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. This peaceful and serene forest was a “school in nature” for 26 participants comprising of college students, school students, a younger class with their teacher and volunteers from the New Acropolis Center in Mumbai. The event was a “Clean – Up” drive organized by the “Active Ecology” department of the center.
The morning of Sunday, September 7th at the Nangla forest had a two fold agenda – To connect with nature and learn how it works harmoniously to support life. And to clean the space, to discover how the act of cleaning can be a wholly enlivening process
A trail walk guided by the volunteers had sessions to understand the bio diversity of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park with a specific emphasis on the mangroves. Armed with gloves and bags, all the participants bagged plastic, thermocol and other modern world waste that had washed ashore on the banks of the Vasai creek, silently killing the mangroves.
An hour long action of vigorous cleaning filled ten sack fulls of garbage. The group was faced with the reality of how thoughtlessness urbanization has a direct impact on nature. It was a day of philosophy in action, and as one inspired second-grader said, “We have done so little, we must come again and clean up more!”
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