Summer Training Programme (June 2015)

The Foundation organized a week long summer training program for college students and NGO Professionals from the 12th – 18th June, 2015 at the Eco – Ashram, Medawala, Thano, Dehradun. Of a total of 27 participants, 23 were law students from various esteemed institutions from all over the country, in addition to a member each from the NGOs One Nature, Bombay and Environment Support Group, Bangalore.DSC_0272

This camp was aimed at providing students with the opportunity to learn from the experience and vision of experts in the field and understand their significant role in protecting the future of our environment. Through lectures, field trips, nature walks and presentations, in addition to the experience of living in the lap of nature at our Eco-Ashram, we aimed to help students internalize the spirit to stand up for our planet by understanding its problems and arriving at possible solutions.

 The participants were addressed by eminent people in the field of environmental conservation including scientists, forest officers, retired government servants, activists, aggrieved communities etc. The following is the list of speakers and a summary of their lectures.

 Mr. Joy Mangalani from the NGO One Nature, Bombay along with Shyam Aggarwal, a second year law student from Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, conducted the daily early morning yoga sessions. Mr. Naresh Bharadwaj conducted daily morning drills to instill a sense of discipline in the participants.  Late comers were made to jog few extra rounds so as to impress upon them the importance of time, a lesson which is highly useful later in professional life as well. Traversing the rugged jungle path in the treks by helping each other to move firmly, at times holding hands to keep the other from falling, helped the participants bond better. Walking in the shade of the Sal trees and listening to the chirping and singing of the birds against the absence of any human sounds, helped them imbibe the pristine beauty and harmony of nature. With rugsacks and sticks, the MCMEF team of Green warriors thronged the Thano Mandir to wipe of any remaining trace of plastic that lied therein. Equipped with the training received during the cleaning at the Mandir, the participants were now all set for the final performance, determined to rid the banks of Mother Ganga of any plastic waste. Seeing our team of 30 spread all over the ghat going about its cleaning, the onlookers were really inspired and began lending a helping hand, throwing a word or two of encouragement occasionally. The Temple Samiti Pandits were also very supportive as were few other tourists.DSC_0377

The students were excited to know that almost all cures to their medical problems lay in nature and were really surprised to see those cures in plants which they may have earlier dismissed. To ensure that they took some knowledge back home, the participants recorded short videos of each other explaining the significance of the plant and its properties. Few participants even purchased a few Stevia plants, which they promised to take care of like their own child. All in all, it was a really refreshing and informative experience.

 The participants were divided into groups of four and were required to present on various topics including Climate Change and Global Warming, Sanitation, Hygiene and Public Nuisance, Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation, Water Pollution, Air Pollution, Energy and Environment, Alternative sources of energy, Municipal Solid Waste.DSC_0630

Case Presentation : Akhil Bharatiye Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sangh v. NPCIL & Ors.
All participants are equally divided into petitioners and respondents and are required to present their arguments in a Moot Court Competition before Sh. Mr. M.C. Mehta and Sh. Dr. G.D. Aggarwal. After extensively researching through the previous night, participants presented substantial arguments from both sides with the ruling being given in favour of the petitioners.

2010 Kumbh Mela Ganga Campaign

MCMEF, in association with the Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action, is currently campaigning to spread grassroots awareness about conserving the Ganga and Himalayas. A camp has been set up at Haridwar, where the Kumbh Mela is taking place, which is being used as a base for organising workshops, talks, and awareness-raising on these issues.

We plan to collect over one million signatures to pressure the government to take immediate and effective measures to protect the Himalayas and the Ganga from the onslaught of damming and other destructive development projects taking place in this eco-fragile region.

If you or any family/friends are attending the Kumbh Mela, please take some time visit our camp, which is located at Sector A/1, 9/1, Gauri Shankar, near the Fire Brigade, Chandi Pal, Haridwar. We also welcome any volunteers to help manage our camp and assist in our Haridwar Kumbh Mela campaign. Please send an email to mcmef@vsnl.net if you are able to assist.

If you are not able to attend the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar, please take a moment to sign our online petition and express your concerns to the Indian government about properly conserving this fragile and iconic part of India.

online petition

Capacity Building for NGOs for the use of Environmental Law and Policy

30 This program was organised in March 2007 and saw the participation of around 30 NGOs including Jalpaiguri Science & Nature Club (West Bengal), Centre for Environment & Development (West Bengal), Society for Environment & Workers Allian (Orissa), Environment Conservation Group (Tamil Nadu), Nagaland Institute of Health and Social Welfare (Nagaland), Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal (Maharastra), Himalayan Nature Society (Himachal Pradesh), Centre for Rural Education and Development Action (Uttar Pradesh), Paryavaran Sangrakshan Sangh (MP) etc.

Innovative Green Thinkers India

MCMEF has set up a national level forum dedicated to cater the need of pollution free environment. The name of the forum is “Innovative Green Thinkers India” which will involve its members in various activities to protect the environment by facilitating the dialogue and action oriented programmes among law students, lawyers, scientists, policy makers, business executives and citizens. The Goal is to create awareness and active participation at all levels for the protection of environment, natural resources and work for the Clean and Green India.

MCMEF invites you to be the member of the “Innovative Green Thinkers India” and work for the noble cause of Clean and Green India. The registration fee is Rs. 200 for one year. The last date for registration is 25th November 2013. Please send the registration form duly filled along with the registration fee through the bank draft in favour of M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation, 3A Ring Road, Opp. Mool Chand Metro Station, Lajpat Nagar-IV, New Delhi 110024.

For more details download the Invitation Letter and also download the Registration Form

Letter to the Indian Government

Please also consider personally writing to the Prime Minister. Your letter can be based on the template letter that we have prepared, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. However, we recommend that you personalize this template letter as much as possible, so that every letter received by the Prime Minister’s Office looks individually drafted.

letter

The Plight of the Ganga

“When our Mother Ganga is injured, our entire nation is hurt … Any disruption of the Ganga detracts from an international symbol of health, healing, revitalization and rebirth. More than a Hindu symbol or economic necessity, the Ganga is India’s best known monument to life.”

M. C. Mehta, “In the Public Interest”
The Ganga is integral to India’s identity. Considered to be a sacred river descending from the heavens, it has been revered and worshipped throughout Indian civilisation.

This ancient and magnificent river is now under serious threat due to the construction of hydroelectric dams along the upper reaches of the Ganga. This will devastate local ecology, wildlife and communities by tunneling in river-flow, effectively drying up the Ganga in these areas.

Further downstream, the Ganga is already suffering from the effects of extensive deforestation, and continues to be used as a dumping ground for untreated industrial and domestic waste. Religious tourism has also led to the proliferation of polythene waste in her waters.

As a result of climate change, the Gangotri glacier is rapidly receding. This will have profound implications on India’s water and food security.

On 4 November 2008, the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, declared the Ganga a national river and established a special authority to attend to its clean-up. However, thus far, there have been no visible results towards improving the plight of the Ganga.

Training Program for Lawyers from SAARC Countries (2004-2007)

12 We feel really privileged to have organised Capacity Building Programs for lawyers from SAARC Countries including Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. Young lawyers burning with a keen desire to learn and act attended the camps which were spread across six weeks and included intensive training through various projects, field trips, activities, research work, presentations etc. Moot Court C9ompetitions were also organised before an esteemed panel comprising of esteemed judges from Indian and beyond. The eminent experts at the program included Mr. Sunderlal Bahuguna, Dr. M.K. Ramesh (Prof. of Law, NLSIU Bangalore), Dr. I.M. Mishra (Head, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IIT Roorkee), Dr. Vinod Rishi   ( Ex-Additional Director General for Wildlife Conservation in India, Founder member Project Tiger and Project Elephant etc. ), Shri PC Tyagi (former Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board), Justice Anil Dev Singh (Former Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court), Dr. G.D. Agarwal (Former Member Secretary, CPCB) etc.

 

Training Program for the Capacity Building of Principals on Environment and Sustainable Development (October 2006)

25 A ‘Training Programme for Principals was organized by the MCMEF from 3rd to 6th October 2006. Twenty One Principals fom Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, Jammu & Kashmir, U.P, Uttaranchal and Chandigarh participated in the programme. Eminent environmentalists, social scientists, experts from distinguished academicians were invited as resource persons during the programme. In a landmark Judgement the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has emphasized the need for imparting environment education throughout the country by introducing Environment as a compulsory subject in Schools and colleges. It is generally felt that most of the teachers in India are not aware of the critical situation taking place because of pollution, forest degradatioin, depleting natural resources, effect of climate change , and   their impact on the life , health and property. Therefore MCMEF believes in taking initiatives in sensitizing teachers through various innovative programmes. 26A hands-on/participatory approach helps to encourage teachers to teach students through classroom and outdoor activities essential for promoting the interest of students for a sustainable living.The main objective was to introduce Principals to innovative and creative techniques (a hands-on and holistic approach) for environmental protection and teaching skills so that they can motivate/ teach children in their schools for the Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development. Short films for half an hour duration related to environmental issues was shown during the program. The participants were taken to Rishikesh for the study of herbs at herbal nursery and to witness the famous Ganga Arti at Triveni Ghat, a trip which is characteristic of nearly all our programs
 

 

Training Program for NGOs on Environmental Law and Policy

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We organised this training in order to acquaint NGOs with the environmental constitutional rights, duties, environmental legislations, policy, guidelines for the protection of environment and control of pollution. The Inaugural session will be held at Raunaq Hall, PHD Chamber, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi on the 12th while the remaining program was held from the 13-15th August (9.30 A.M. to 5 P.Mdaily)at HSMI, F-212, Malwa Singh Block, Khel Gaon, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi. The participants received in-depth lectures on topics such as Municipal Solid Waste, Ground water pollution and control strategies, Biodiversity and forest laws, Vehicular pollution-law and landmark judgments, the lower Judiciary and the environmental Justice delivery system, Environment Impact Assessment and publichearing, Public Interest Litigation etc. These eminent speakers include Dr D.K. Biswas (former Chairman, CPCB), Prof I. M. Mishra (Head, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IIT Roorkee), Shri SK Gupta (Chairman, Envirotech), Dr Amita Singh ( Associate Professor, J.N.U.), Justice K.N. Saikia ( Former Supreme Court Judge ), Shri PC Tyagi (former Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board), Mrs Seema Midha (Advocate,7

Supreme Court of India), Shri SK Saxena (Sr. Scientific Officer, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology), Dr TK Joshi, Head (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Delhi) etc.
4) Capacity Building Program for NGOs

A four day capacity building program on environment protection and sustainable development was organised by MCMEF in March 2006 for over 35 NGOs, some of which include Naya Kashmir Human Welfare Organisation (J&K), Youth Council for Development Alternatives (Orissa), Shristi Samajik Sansthan (Uttarakhand), Shramik Vidyapeeth (Jharkhand), Vikalp Foundation(Bihar), PRODIGALS’ HOME (Nagaland), PEACE Society (Andhra Pradesh), Consumer Unity & Trust Society(Rajasthan), Volunatry Social Development Organisation(Tripura) etc.

 

 

Declamation Contests for Middle School Students (2006)

Declamation contests on environment sensitive issues were organised for selected schools in DSolan 2elhi, Rohtak, Nahaan, Utta19rkashi, Haridwar and Gurgaon. The winners of the competition from a
ll the participating schools were awarded a sponsored trip to attend the Eco-Camp besides being given a certificate of merit. It was observed through these contests that the gravity of the student’s thoughts and expressions was directly related to the environmental impact they witness. Some of the various schools that participated in the event include Laxman Public school (Hauzkhas Enclave, Delhi), Keendriya Vidhyalaya (Andrews Ganj, Delhi), MDN Public School (Rohtak, haryana), SD Adarsh Vidyalaya (Gurgaon, Haryana), Goswami Ganeshdatta Saraswati Vidyalaya (Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal)etc.

Eco – Camp for Declamation Contest Winners 2006

Students from all the above mentioned participating schools who stood first in these declamation competitions were awarded a certificate of merit1817 and a sponsored trip to attend an Eco-Camp at our Ashram in Thano, Dehradun. Various activities were organized for the young and bright students in whose hands lies the future of our planet. The very purpose behind this camp was to encourage the leaders of tomorrow to come forward and take responsibility, while enabling them to believe in their dreams and their vision.

 

Capacity Building Program for NGOs (May 2006)

 Another four day Training Program was organised for around 47 NGOs from all over the country including The Greens(Assam), PREM(Orissa), Teresa Social Welfare Organisation (Tripura), Paribesh Unnayan Parishad (Kolkatta), Education Society(Kolkatta), Vikalp Foundation (Bihar), Purvanch Enviromental Association (U.P.), Paryavaran Parisad (Rajasthan), Environment Protec15tion Forum (Maharastra), Young Monark Sev
a Sansthan (Jharkhand) etc. A cultural event was also organised for the participants in addition to other interactive and stimulative activities. Besides equipping them with the requisite knowledge, the entire purpose of such programs is to also channelize varied expertise and skills into a common pool of ideas which can then be translated into action. The eminent lecturers at the
camp included Shri S. K. Saxena ( Sr. Scientific Officer , Punjab State Council for Science and Technology), Dr TK Joshi ( Head, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Delhi), Shri PC Tyagi (former Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board), Justice Anil Dev Singh (Former CJ, Raj High Court), Dr. G.D. Agarwal (Former Member Secretary, CPCB) etc.

Capacity Building Program for NGOs (March 2006)

A four day capacity building program on environment protection and sustainable development was organised by MCMEF for over 35 NGOs, some of which include Naya Kashmir Human Welfare Organisation (J&K), Youth Council for Development Alternatives (Orissa), Shristi Samajik Sansthan (Uttarakhand), Shramik Vidyapeeth (Jharkhand), Vikalp Foundation(Bihar), PRODIGALS’ HOME (Nagaland), PEACE Society (Andhra Pradesh), Consumer Unity & Trust Society(Rajasthan), Volunatry Social Development Organisation(Tripura) etc. The program included interactive activities, discussions, presentations, nature walks etc.

Training Program for NGOs on Environmental Law and Policy (August 2005)

We organised this training in order to acquaint NGOs with the environmental constitutional rights, duties, environmental legislations, policy, guidelines for the protection of environment and control of pollution. The Inaugural session will be held at Raunaq Hall, PHD Chamber, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi on the 12th while the remaining program was held from the 13-15th August (9.30 A.M. to 5 P.M daily)at HSMI, F-212, Malwa Singh Block, Khel Gaon, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi. The participants received in-depth lectures on topics such as Municipal Solid Waste, Ground water pollution and control strategies, 6Biodiversity and forest laws, Vehicular pollution-law and landmark judgments, the lower Judiciary and the environmental Justice delivery system, Environment Impact Assessment and public hearing, Public Interest Litigation etc. These eminent speakers include Dr D.K. Biswas (former Chairman, CPCB),   Prof I. M. Mishra (Head, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IIT Roorkee), Shri SK Gupta (Chairman, Envirotech), Dr Amita Singh ( Associate Professor, J.N.U.), Justice K.N. Saikia ( Former Supreme Court Judge ), Shri PC Tyagi (former Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board), Mrs Seema Midha (Advocate, Supreme Court of India), Shri SK Saxena (Sr. Scientific Officer, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology), Dr TK Joshi, Head (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Delhi) etc.

Teachers Workshop on the State of Environment in Himachal Pradesh (June 2005)

33A o32ne day training was organised on 4th June, 2005 for teachers from various schools of Himachal Pradesh to discuss the various environmental challenges facing the state while trying to arrive at possible solutions to the same. The key objective was to sensitize the respected faculty to the urgency of the problems so that environmental education in schools also grows.

Capacity Building Program for NGOs on Environmental Law and Policy (March 2005)

In continuation to our efforts to create awareness in the NGOs on environmental law and policy, a capacity building training course was organized from 20th March to 23rd March 2005 at New Delhi. NGOs working in the field of environment protection and related issues like solid waste management, bio medical and hazardous waste management, water conservation and management, rain water harvesting, alternate en  4ergy sources, Environment Impact Assessment, public hearing, wild life and animal rights, forest and bio-diversity etc were invited to participate in the training program. Representatives of Twenty Four NGOs from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland participated in the program.

Eminent experts in the field of conservation, public interest law and policy were invited to speak and discuss environmental law, policy, guidelines, constitutional rights and duties for the protection of environment . To name Dr G D Agrawal, former Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board; Dr D. K. Biswas, former Chairman Central Pollution Control Board; Justice Chaturvedi, Addl. Session Judge, Shri N. S. Tiwana, Director, Department of State Council for Science and Technology, Punjab; Dr. S. K. Saxena, Senior Scientific Officer, Dr. I. M. Mishra, Head, Deptt. Of Chemical Engineering, IIT Roorkee; Dr. T. K. Joshi, Head, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Delhi; Dr A. Dey, Sr. Scientist, Central Ground Water Authority, Govt. of India; Shri S. K. Gupta (Director, Enviro-Tech); Dr. Amita Singh, (Associate Professor, University of Delhi) ; Mr M. C. Mehta, Ms. Seema Midha, Supreme Court lawyer, Sh. Biswajit Mukerji Senior Law Officer and some other experts addressed the participants with their rich knowledge and experience and had discussions at the end of every session with the participants. The objective of the capacity building programme was to—

  1. Familiarize the NGOs with the Environmental law and legal remedies available for the5 protection of environment in India;
  2. Equipping NGOs with the process and procedures for securing Environmental Justice;
  3. Providing information to NGOs about various forums, their powers, jurisdictions to enforce environmental law, Policy and Guidelines;

Provide an overview of public interest litigation (PIL) and to highlight a few landmark judgements/ orders delivered by the Supreme Court of India in Environmental matters and how these judgements and orders would be useful to them in pollution control, arresting of environmental degradation and promotion of the sustainable development