Involvement of locals
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.