Earth Root Foundaton With Indraprastha Adhyayan Kendra

Amidst the lockdown period, Earth Root Foundation along with Indraprastha Adhyayan Kendra organised a two-week internship program from 22 April to 3 May. A total of 172 students aged above 17 registered for the program out of which 50 got selected who were 12th passed, college undergraduates and post-graduate students. The program included college professors and other intellectuals who imparted knowledge to students.

Several meetings were conducted with the help of Google meet in which professional speakers addressed the students on the issues of air pollution, pandemic outbreak, climate change and climate services.

On the very first day, a webinar was held at 12.00 p.m. with Prof. S.K. Dhaka, Delhi University as its key speaker. Prof. Dhaka talked about Air pollution, its causes and effects. To celebrate Earth Day an oath was taken by all the participants to protect their planet and play their roles effectively in minimising pollution. Once the meeting ended, the interns were given their first task about environmental issues that are being faced daily.

Following it, task-2 was handed to the students in which they were asked to make a list of air pollution measuring devices and compare the technologies used in these devices.

On 23rd April, 2020, another webinar was organised on “COVID-19- How to be SAFE and SAVE”. The chief speaker was Prof(Dr.) Arun Kumar Sharma, University of College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi. The session on “Covid-19: how to be Safe and Save” proceeded pleasantly, attended by a good number of undergraduate and post graduate students. Dr. Sharma talked about the characteristics of the disease, its transmission, treatment, cautions to be taken and myths associated with covid-19.

A meeting for all the interns was conducted on “AIR POLLUTION monitoring tools and technologies.”. Dr. Palak Baliyan, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi was the key speaker of the talk.The webinar noted several technologies that are being used throughout the world to measure air pollution in specific areas. Students came to know about various kinds of monitoring tools, their needs and personal air pollution monitoring devices. Dr. Baliyan made the attendees familiar with various types of Monitoring Tools, such as, personal, static, mobile, indoor, ambient, continuous, real-time, active and passive. Reference grade, Satellite monitoring tools and techniques like CTM and LUR also adds to the list. The one-hour session ended at 6 p.m. This talk proved to be very informative as the participants received ample information on air pollution and its threat to living beings as well as our planet.

Third intern meeting was scheduled on Regulatory aspects of air pollution monitoring in India, headed by Dr. Dipankar Saha, Former additional Director CPCB & Adviser to MOEFCC and West Bengal Pollution Control Board. (Dr.) Saha talked about Environment legislation in India, Stockholm conference and many acts and policies. The attendees were stunned to know about all policies and environment legislation. Meeting ended at 6.00 p.m.

On 27 April, fourth internship meet was organised on Climate Change in the Himalayas. Dr. Narendra Singh, Senior Scientist, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital, was the chief speaker. He talked about how things are changing in the Himalayas. The participants came to know about aerosol black carbon and how its high concentration is fatal. The interns were instructed to create a report on the regulations and policies regarding different environmental issues, made in India after Independence-this report was accepted as task-3.

Soon after which the students got their fourth task in which they were asked to conduct 10 telephonic interviews with people they know and ask them questions regarding air pollution and how they are affected by it. They then had to summarise the interviews and write a report to share the experience they had while performing this task.

Students were also grouped into sets of their interest such as content writing, video making, presentation designing etc. This allowed them to showcase their talents by making effective reports and spread awareness be creating content on various platforms.

1 May kick started the 5th Internship webinar on “Role of Media in spreading awareness regarding Air Pollution”. The speaker of the session was Ms. Gunjan Jain, communication strategist climate trends. Ms. Gunjan Jain explained the importance of media in spreading the awareness about the logical truths. She started with the rapid expansion and new breakthroughs in the arena of science and technology that have taken humankind into a new age. At last she shared some photos of the villagers and concluded her session by taking queries of the attendees and giving them the productive suggestions.

Afterwards all the interns were divided into 8 groups for task-5. Each group was assigned a task which they had to perform by dividing the work equally among themselves.They had to submit a report that compared levels of certain pollutants before and after the lockdown. The motive behind grouping them was simply teaching students to perform as a team where the contribution of every member matters.

To make people conscious about the harms of climate change, Earth Root Foundation in collaboration with Indraprastha Adhyayan Kendra organised a webinar on 2 May, 2020, on the topic “Climate Services- an Overview”. Dr. Rajeev Kumar Mahajan, Scientist ‘G’/ Adviser- Earth Atmosphere and Mathematic Sciences, SERB, DST, Government of India and Ms. Abha Tewary, Independent Researcher and Ex. Program Officer MoEF&CC were the chief speakers. Dr. Rajeev Kumar provided some career guidance to the listeners. He advised the students to think limitlessly and let nothing hamper our will to learn more. One should not be insecure or uncertain about one’s capabilities.

Every webinar ended with an effective discussion on queries that arose in the minds of interns. They were free to ask anything as far as the topic concerned.

On 3 May, 2020, a final meeting was scheduled between 4.30 pm.-6.00 p.m. This was rather an experience sharing gathering, that saw students talking their heart out on how they felt to be a part of this internship program, what they learned and how will they implement these learnings in their life. Everyone thanked the organisers for providing such an informative way of teaching them about the issues that poses threat to environment. Each student was satisfied for they had effectively utilised their free time in gaining something good, realizing that preserving the quality of life and promoting the environment development is important. We belong to this Earth, Earth doesn’t belong to us. It’s us who can either make it or break it. We should obey everything which ease environment’s health and make it an appealing place to live in.