Chetanalaya has been at the forefront of environment conservation in India. Starting with the Green Shoppers campaign, Chetanalaya has build its capacity to be a Environment Conservation & Protection Consultancy Provider and also to disseminate information on technological developments and promotional activities taking place in the area, demonstrate the use of eco-friendliness in reducing poverty through improved quality of life and increased livelihood opportunities. Jute bags are manufactured at Mukundpur, Delhi for the Green Shoppers Campaign.
The most supporting groups among the public are RWA’s & Self Help Groups. The eco-friendly clubs and the general grass root public of the slums, resettlement colonies, and villages are extending their supporting hands to make the campaign a grass root movement.
Last four years Chetanalaya has been working with the authorities of schools to foster the spirit of ‘green consumerism’ among students. Students are encouraged to take home shopping bags with the Green shopper message. In the process, approximately l lakh Green shopper bags are in circulation. The leading schools in Delhi have also joined in the movement.
Sustainable agriculture and natural resource management are the programmes that Chetanalaya takes up. Chetanalaya through combining skill development trainings and micro finance open up new employment opportunities in the farm and farm related sector.
The initial step to develop in house expertise in Solar Energy, has already been taken. A team of Chetanalaya employees visited Solar Alternatives, Patna, Bihar a registered body with Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. Solar Alternatives is also a Government Recognized Body for National Open School training in Solar Energy. Our team went there to do a feasibility study of various Solar Energy products that can be deployed effectively in Delhi & Haryana through its SHG’s with supervision consultancy by Chetanalaya.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency is promoting energy efficiency measures in the country under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The project design is such that the savings will usually be large enough to service the debt assumed to implement the measures and leave a surplus. Chetanalaya is promoting implementation of energy conservation measures in existing buildings/facilities through the ESCO route. Chetanalaya has already implemented Energy Saving, Bureau of Energy Efficiency ESCO Scheme.
Capacity Building of Rag Pickers in Delhi is being undertaken by Chetanalaya in collection of waste paper and recycling the paper to make different paper products. Training on marketing of the products is also being provided to them so as to reduce their poverty through improved quality of life and increased livelihood opportunities as well as contributing to Waste Management leading to conserving the environment.
A waste paper recycling plant is being setup at Jahangirpuri and has started its operations in June 2012.Rag Pickers of Jahangirpuri and surrounding areas are operating the plant. After initial hand holding the plant’s ownership will be in handed over to the Rag Pickers working in the unit.
Civil society organizations in India are in a strong position to engage at grass root levels & in policy processes. The objective is to build on the collective and individual experiences to date to create a more systematic approach to mutual engagement. This will help to avoid the reactive, one-off method of participation that has come to be expected of civil society by the government and donors.
Through this strategy civil society can begin to address issues of capacity, collaboration, and information sharing among masses, while also easing the way for government to seek civil society input into policy processes. (This will create) an enabling environment for CSOs to engage in policy forums.
It is perhaps best to think of the Forum not as a bridge to be built to a predetermined blueprint, but rather as an infant to be nurtured to evolve in a spirit of community, partnership and social justice