In­volve­ment of lo­cals

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Shrad­dha. shi­rod­kar@ dnain­dia. net, @ sashirod­kar

No ini­tia­tive can suc­ceed with­out the in­volve­ment of lo­cals. To en­sure that each na­tive res­i­dent re­alises the sig­nif­i­cance of the par­adise they are liv­ing in, con­sis­tent ef­forts are be­ing made. “Since the first fes­ti­val last year, lo­cals and tourists have be­come more aware about clean­li­ness. You will not spot plas­tic bot­tles or wine bot­tles in the val­ley or else­where to­day. We’ve also been able to re­open nat­u­ral springs in Matheran,” says Prachi.

As the planet edges to­wards global warm­ing and its de­struc­tive ef­fects, ev­ery sapling planted and ev­ery mind il­lu­mi­nated will make a dif­fer­ence. The Matheran Green Fes­ti­val, which aims at bring­ing peo­ple to­gether to cre­ate pub­lic art, plant trees, re­think waste man­age­ment and spread aware­ness about the im­por­tance of na­ture, is yet an­other at­tempt to save our­selves from na­ture’s fury. For more de­tails about the fes­ti­val, visit www. mather­an­pratisthan. com.

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