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Wipro Earthian Program 2021-22, Ladakh

Preeti Chauhan from Navikru Eco Foundation (a subsidiary company of Little Green World) was selected as a Sustainability Educator for the Ladakh region by Wipro Foundation for their Wipro Earthian Program for Schools.

This program is comprised of a national-level competition focused on three themes “Sustainability & Waste”, “Sustainability & Biodiversity” and “Sustainability & Water” followed by a Continuous Engagement program.

Depending on the requirement of the region training on a selected theme from the main three themes was given.

To make participation easy, we developed a Ladakhi YouTube channel that has all the three themes explained in Ladakhi. 

We have successfully implemented this project and also reached places such as Zanskar, Changthang, and Kargil for the first time.

 

Under this program total of 52 schools and 75+ teachers were trained for the Wipro Earthian Program across Ladakh.

Teachers' Training of Leh Schools
Teachers' Training of Leh Schools

Teachers' Training of Leh Schools

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Waste Scavenger Hunt by Students at Singhu Ghat
Waste Scavenger Hunt by Students at Singhu Ghat

Students and teachers of Mahabodhi Residential School conducted Waste Scavenger Hunt Activity at the holy Sindhu Ghat, Ladakh.

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Cluster School Skyagam, Zanskar
Cluster School Skyagam, Zanskar

Students of Cluster School Skyagam, Zanskar doing the water testing of different water sources in the school.

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Teachers' Training of Leh Schools
Teachers' Training of Leh Schools

Teachers' Training of Leh Schools

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And approximately 150+ students participated in this activity-based learning program and the competition.

Plastic Bottle Waste at Bombgarh
Plastic Bottle Waste at Bombgarh

This picture is from 2019 where thousands of plastic mineral water bottles can be seen lying in Bombgarh, dumping ground of Ladakh

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Biosand Water Filter, Ladakh
Biosand Water Filter, Ladakh

A Prototype of Biosand Water Filter developed in Ladakh.

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Plastic Bottle Waste at Bombgarh
Plastic Bottle Waste at Bombgarh

This picture is from 2019 where thousands of plastic mineral water bottles can be seen lying in Bombgarh, dumping ground of Ladakh

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Project Aqua Leh, Ladakh

As per research in 2018, 50,000 plastic water bottles were dumped at Bombgarh, the dumping ground of Ladakh in tourist season. 

Tourists choose mineral water bottles over tap water due to various reasons.

LGW is focusing on building sustainable alternatives by introducing Biosand Water Filter and reducing packaged bottle usage and this project is called "Project Aqua Leh".

 

Biosand Water Filter (BSF) which uses majorly locally available resources, does not require electricity to operate, and has negligible maintenance.

LGW team is developing multiple customizations in the BSF to withstand the extreme winters of Ladakh.

Zero Waste Phukthar Monastery Training, Zanskar, Ladakh 

On August 06, 2021, team Little Green World visited one of the holiest and sacred Phukhtar Monastery in Zanskar.

 

One has to trek 6kms one way to reach this monastery as it hasn't gotten access to the road yet which has also preserved this monastery and its culture for many many years.

 

In Collaboration with the Sub District Magistrate and the Block Development Officer, the LGW team conducted a Zero Waste Phukhtar Monastery training.

Though this monastery really doesn't need a lot of training as they are well versed and practice the right things.

Phukthar Monastery, Zanskar
Phukthar Monastery, Zanskar

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Zero Waste Phutkhar Monastery Training
Zero Waste Phutkhar Monastery Training

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Swatchh Ladakh
Swatchh Ladakh

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Phukthar Monastery, Zanskar
Phukthar Monastery, Zanskar

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But sadly the monks of this monastery do not have solutions for plastic and which they generally burn. LGW tried helping them with the different solutions and also gave training on how they can reduce and pave a path towards making this Monastery zero waste.

Video | Phuntsog Angmo

The Himalayan Cleanup 2021, Ladakh

LGW collaborated with Zero Waste Himalaya, Integrated Mountain Initiative, and WWF India and took lead for The Himalayan Clean 2021 for the Ladakh region.

This year the cleanup was done from home. LGW with WWF India conducted orientation training and guided the 70+ participants from Ladakh.

The Himalayan Cleanup 2021 included waste collection, waste segregation, waste audit, brand audit. This event helped us in understanding the different types of waste generated in the Ladakh region and raise our voices backed with data.

Zero Waste & Circular Economy amongst Tourism Establishments, Ladakh

LGW received a mini-grant from GAIA (Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives) to advocate for zero waste in the covid economic recovery policy. 

As a part of this project, we conducted a waste reduction and environmental awareness survey for the hotels, homestays, guesthouses, and restaurants in Leh, Nubra, Changthang, and Kargil regions of Ladakh.90+ tourism establishments participated in this survey. 50+ tourists were also surveyed to understand their behavior when traveling. 

Ladakhi Kitchen, Leh Main Bazaar
Ladakhi Kitchen, Leh Main Bazaar

Mr. Kiran owner of Ladakhi Kitchen restaurant in Leh standing infornt of the poster given by Little Green World on Sustainability.

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Training Center of Zanskar
Training Center of Zanskar

Posters ready to distribut to owners of tourism establishment of Zanskar to achieve sustainability in their businesses.

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Environment Awareness & Waste Reduction survey
Environment Awareness & Waste Reduction survey

Phuntsog Angmo taking survey of a restaurant owner in Nubra valley.

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Ladakhi Kitchen, Leh Main Bazaar
Ladakhi Kitchen, Leh Main Bazaar

Mr. Kiran owner of Ladakhi Kitchen restaurant in Leh standing infornt of the poster given by Little Green World on Sustainability.

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A training on "zero-waste and circular economy" is conducted for the owners/managers of tourism establishments. Posters of various zero-waste practices are also given to these establishments.

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Picture | Akash Jain

Zero Waste Village, Ladakh

LGW collaborated with the Young Drukpa Association (YDA, Ladakh) in November 2020. This collaboration aimed at training villagers and YDA members to go beyond the cleanup drives.

LGW conducted training in Ranbipur, Chuchot, and Shey villages.  

This program went on hold due to the rise in covid cases in the region.