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Environment  encompasses a broad spectrum of our work covering biosphere conservation, saving our natural resources, protecting flora and fauna, conserving energy and sustaining the economy of the people living in backward and marginalized communities.

  • 1 Mobilising Children
  • 2 Alternative Livelihood opportunities for Forest Fringe Communities
  • 3 Awareness amongst School Children
  • 4 British DHC, Kolkata on a climate change Rally
  • 5 Earth day campaign
  • 6 Earthy Tunes ,earth day programme
  • 7 The campaign rally
Our Work
Sustainable Livelihood Generation through micro enterprise development.
Ecosystem Protection and Conservation by Communication Capacity building  of Eco- Development Committees , Forest Protection Committees and Developing Sustainable Livelihoods.
Energy Conservation by creating awareness and mobilizing communities.
Climatic Change Communication through awareness campaigns.
Disaster Management through awareness and capacity building with local communities to develop and identify defence mechanisms for disaster preparedness as well as dissemination of the same.
Slum environment. awareness generation on health and hygiene, need for education and different available. Mobilise and build capacity of peer groups in each slum to ensure community participation in planning and supervision of slum improvement work and also maintenance and management of assets, stopping open defecation and wastage of water being built by KEIP.Capacity building of SHG women in alternative livelihood like incense stick making.
Art for Environment where artists come together and create public spaces for expression and dialogue.
Celebrating 46th Earth Day

Our association with Earth Day Network is long term and we had partnered with them last year in their campaign against various environmental issues. Earth Day Network works on the ground with organisations worldwide that strengthen communities through conservation. EDN is continuing its efforts this year as well to engage citizens of 46 cities of India to generate awareness on Climate Change and Environmental issues. This pan India campaign was initiated last year to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.

Earth Day's Global 2016 theme is Trees for the Earth - a plan to plant 7.8 Billion trees by Earth Day 2020: one tree for every person on the planet. This year, April 22, 2016 marked the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day and banglanatak dot com joined hands with Earth Day Network to mobilise citizens of Kolkata, Asansol, Bhubaneswar and Goa to help preserve the environment and take positive action to make their cities more Clean and Green. Earth Day had run a 46-city campaign in India titled 'Shehar Green Karo', a pan India contest for 'Best Actions' of the citizens for making their cities environment friendly.

Our team reached out to people across Kolkata, Asansol, Bhubaneswar and Goa and mobilised participation for the contest. The objective was to get the citizens of these 4 cities to think about their future, and the future of their generation to come, and avoid the practice of cutting down trees. The campaign was actively promoted at various organizations/corporate/NGOs/schools/colleges/hotels/housing complexes etc and even on social media for raising awareness. 

Throughout the entire period, we got many outstanding responses and many of the actions were truly creditable. Organizations, Individuals, Clubs, Schools and NGOs came forward to take the lead with various ground breaking and inspiring ideas. We reached out to a total 108 organisations across Kolkata, Asansol, Bhubaneswar and Goa.

As a part of the celebrations, Victoria Memorial Hall and Contact Base in association with Earth Day Network jointly organised an event to commemorate the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day on Friday 22 April 2016 with young minds. 28 young minds had participated from Silver Point School, Chowringhee High School, Delhi Public School, Ruby Park, Loreto Day School, Dharamtalla and Birla Bharati. Activities like Earth Day Network presentation, Paper Recycling workshop, Environmental Quiz, Sapling and Salpata plates distribution and a feedback session were arranged for the kids.

It was amazing to see the response of the kids at the end of the event. According to Zeenat Parveen of Chowringhee High School, the most important thing happening in this environment is deforestation by which many animals are becoming homeless and people do that to build buildings and factories. She says, we can prevent it by not cutting down trees but by planting more trees to make the earth GREEN. Others like Ishani Samanta of DPS, Ruby Park felt that the disposal of plastics in an unorganized manner is a major environmental issue. According to her, to minimize this problem we can avoid the use of plastics and even encourage the people using them to not use by telling them about the bad effects caused them.


Working in the Present to create a Green Future

India is already experiencing the impact of climate change. Unusual and unprecedented spells of hot weather, declining monsoon rainfall with increased frequency of heavy rainfall events, increased incidences of drought, falling ground water levels, melting Himalayan glaciers and loss of snow cover threatening the stability and reliability of our rivers and altering their course which could significantly impact irrigation jeopardizing our livelihood and food security. This will also increase risks of natural disasters like landslides and flash floods. Decreased availability of water and increased temperature will challenge required power generation. Climate change could also impact our health and increase mortality rates due to malaria, other vector-borne diseases and diarrheal infections and heat waves.  

Awareness followed by developing resilience is the way forward. However, climate change is a serious, complex and technical issue making it challenging to communicate. Women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change and yet they play a crucial role in adaptation and mitigation actions since traditionally they play a major role in the management of natural resources in their communities and are the chief transmitters of knowledge and wisdom to younger generations.

In order to address the difficulties women face in accessing financial resources, capacity-building activities and technologies limiting their role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, we reached out to the women leaders of Dewas in Madhya Pradesh with the support of Earth Day Network, India, to develop women leadership for community based green actions as part of developing resilience to climate change.

We mobilized participation of women elected representatives and the leaders of women’s livelihood collectives called Self Help Groups (SHGs) along with local NGOs to anchor the efforts. The very first hurdle was communicating such a technical subject in a simple and easily comprehensible manner. Our methodology of using simple theatre based games and activities to make learning simple, entertaining, participatory came in handy. Once they understood the core issues of climate change the women started relating them with the drastic changes in temperature and weather patterns, especially monsoons, severe water scarcity, depleting ground water levels, changing crop patterns and increased disease burden, all of which compounded to threatening their lives and livelihoods and over all well being. The women leaders then chose small actions that they will like to initiate in their areas like increasing green cover, creating systems to replenish ground water using indigenous knowledge and traditional techniques, cleanliness drives like proper drainage systems and adopting alternate energy sources. Interestingly the SHG women showed keenness in taking up solar based household items as a means of livelihood and positively impacting environment. We introduced the women to available support instruments like small grants, bank schemes energy companies.  

The initiative led to small initiatives like a waste management project in Bagli by the administration, development of project proposal for a solar street lights, one of the local NGO initiating dialogue with a solar energy company looking for partners to set up assembling units to reach out to disadvantaged women and augment their skill base in this area as livelihood option. They are also planning to scale up their recycled product initiative.

From the Dewas experience, it is evident that there is opportunity for development of women led social enterprises offering   climate change solutions with the required supporting eco system for access to funds and technology.

Mobilising Youth led Action for Green Cities

The goal of the project was to inform the children about the importance of safe guarding the environment and build awareness on the threats of climate change. The target was to instill a sense of responsibility among the children to act as Green Champions. There were several phases of intervention to achieve the target.

Students were capacitated to use theatre as a tool to generate awareness about the causes and effects of climate change. Theatre productions were developed on various themes such as waste and water-management, energy conservation, ill effects of pollution and climate change. The students performed 44 shows at parks, lanes, and busy street corners in the vicinity of their schools in Kolkata, Jaipur & New Delhi. They also planted trees and got to know of recycling by using PET bottles to make hanging gardens.

Celebration of Earth Day
On April 22nd special programmes were held at the American Centers in Kolkata and New Delhi. 144 children from 9 schools of the National Capital Region (NCR) and 80 children from 4 schools and educational centers in Kolkata took part in the events.  The students performed plays, took part in a Natural Colour making workshop conducted by the Patuas (traditional scroll painters of Pingla, Paschim Mednipur), poster making, quiz on the theme of green cities. In Kolkata, the participants were also oriented on the green career options. The participants were awarded certificates and went home with saplings.

In the effort to reach out to more students, contests based on the theme of Green Cities were launched. Sing Green (Jingle Composition) and Imagine Green (Logo Design) reached out to students all across the country. The children also wrote to write essays based on their understanding of the issue of climate change and their role in building sustainable green cities. The winners of the contests received certificates and awards in youth networking meets held in the different cities in August and September.

Networking Meet
The networking meets held at Jaipur, Delhi and Kolkata, targeted a dialogue between the stakeholders in the city working for sustainability and the youths. A wide section of stakeholders such as government officers of environment and forest departments, academic and research institutions, UNESCO, Globe-India, Centre for Science & Environment & TERI, environmental NGOs like NEWS, organizations working for youth empowerment like Pravah, Development Alternatives and media representatives came forward to share ideas with the children.

The project has successfully in engaged the interest of the students in the issue of combating climate change. The students pledged to involve themselves and also inspire others in planting more trees, manage waste, conserve water and energy, reduce the use of plastic and promote cycling, use of public transport and car pool. The teachers felt that the communication training brought out the hidden talents, built new skills and strengthened knowledge about environmental issues among the students. The students appreciated the opportunity to meet and listen to various organizations working on adaptation and mitigation. They also got concrete ideas for action like clean energy campuses, conducting energy audits at home and school, adopting a street and target improving waste disposal practices in their neighborhood by segregating bio-degradable and non bio-degradable waste, promoting recycling, building awareness on disposal of e-waste etc.

Project Details


Location and Duration



Sustainable Livelihood Generation

Sunderban – Patharpratima Block

Directorate of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal

Generating Livelihood opportunities for the forest fringe dwellers

Purulia , West Bengal

Directorate of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal

Action Research project for building sustainable business model in tassar, lac, incense stick and sal leaf plate making in Purulia

Ecosystem Protection and Conservation

Sunderban, Jalpaiguri
2003 - 2004

Sunderban Biosphere Reserve, Sunderban Tiger Reserve, Directorate of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal

Awareness campaign on protection of forest and wildlife

Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia 2004

Directorate of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal

Awareness Campaign on Elephant (man elephant conflict) Conservation


Sunderban Tiger Reserve

Capacity Building of FPC members in theatre based communication

Energy Conservation

Rural Community in the Greater Noida area and members of gram panchayats in Umreth Sub-division
2003 – 2004

Noida Power Company Limited

Awareness campaign on Energy Conservation and cultivation of and mobilizing communities in 5 villages for energy conservation and last mile electricity distribution.

Umreth Sub-Division of Gujarat

USAID-Drum Project

Capacity building of Community Self Held Groups and community sensitization on energy saving habits.

Doddaballapur, Bangalore, rural district

Bangalore Electricity Supply Company and Enzen

Awareness campaign targeting farmers to improve water and energy use efficiency

Climate change


EZCC, Ministry of Culture

Folk theatre forms like Gambhira and Domni were used in awareness campaigns targeting the youth on issues related to climatic change


Public Relations Society of India

As a part of the campaign titled ‘Cap the Gap’ a multi stake holder led campaign on reducing carbon emissions was undertaken as a precursor to the Copenhagen Summit.

Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur,

Earth Day Network Mobilising school students for safe guarding the environment and build awareness on the threats of climate change.

Disaster Management

Harishchandrapur-II, Malda and Kalchini, Jalpaiguri


Catholic Relief Services

Building Community Based Early Warning System and Resilient Villages by mobilising communities through Capacity Building and Theatre based Awareness Campaigns.

Art for Environment

Kolkata, 2010

Earth Day Network

Rural Folk Artists, New Media Artists and Musicians from Kolkata and London came together to celebrate the 40th Earth Day.
A day long workshop using art and theatre was held with students from underprivileged communities in Kolkata.

Key Achievements

Micro Enterprise development in forest and fringe areas covering the forest for marginalized communities living in Sunderban and Purulia Directorate of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal, 2007-08

Mode of intervention

  • Participatory approaches to research way forward on developing micro enterprise on traditional art and skills.
  • Use of Theatre in Development Methodologies to enhance life skills, design skills, marketing skills.
  • Training on alternative livelihood options.
  • Mobilisation of Groups to form clusters and leading to creation of brands.
  • Linking fair trade organizations, retailers, association of industries, jute exporters to the rural producers.


  • Communities at Ramganga area were trained to make incense sticks.
  • Scientific cultivation of Lakkha and Tasar were implemented leading to improved incomes.
  • Women were trained in rolling incense sticks in Purulia are linked to wholesale dealers in Kolkata.

 Promoting Energy Conservation with rural Communities

  • In Greater Noida area and community members of Gram Panchayats in Umreth Sub-division
  • Noida Power Company Limited, 2003-04
  • Umreth Subdivision of Gujarat,2008
  • Doddaballapur,Bangalore,Rural district,2010


  • MEGA is formed and running effectively.
  • Consumer sensitized on effective power management.

Dobbalapur achievements

Disaster Management in Harishchandrapur-II, Malda, Kalchini and Jalpaiguri, West Bengal Catholic Relief Services, 2005

Project involved multiple stakeholders like SHG members, PRIs,students, social workers, community leaders, health workers, teachers, farmer, and daily labourers.


  • Resilient community groups formed.
  • Aware community to handle risk and reduce vulnerability.
  • Enhancing active participation of PRI members.

Slum Environment Resettlement & Rehabilitation  of Canal Bank Dwellers TP Basin, Manikhali, Churial & Keorapukur

Kolkata, 6 slums


  • Effective handling and management of construction works by the peer groups .
  • The project helped in slum dwellers being more concerned on improvement of environment, stopping open defecation, residents spreading bleaching powder on lanes and toilets. The residents had no sense of responsibility on public toilets but now they are taking ownership of toilets.

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