Celebrating Earth Day with Pruthvi Molachi- A Nonprofit Working for the Conservation of the Environment
Earth Day is April 22nd, and it is a day to honor the environment. The inaugural Earth Day was held in 1970 to promote ecological ideals, promote respect for life on Earth, and raise awareness of rising concerns about the pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is celebrated in 140 countries throughout the world, with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television shows centered on environmental issues. Several prominent environmental organizations have launched campaigns to halt development, offshore oil drilling, and the construction of new motorways and nuclear power facilities.
This Earth Day, we had a conversation with Parag Panchabhai and Niharika Belwalkar, directors of the Pruthvi Molachi Foundation. The nonprofit was founded by a group of social and environmental activists to help accelerate the development and conservation process.
What is the mission of Pruthvi Molachi?
Parag Panchabhai: This is the name we came up with for our nonprofit, which literally means “the Earth is valued.” We believe there is nothing more valuable than the earth. Our slogan is the same as well. Our mission is to save the planet. We have no right to desecrate anything we don’t own. Many things on Earth must be preserved and protected. This is essentially what we do at Pruthvi Molachi. We deal with tribal communities, rural communities, and urban youngsters, among others. We’re trying to build a bridge between the forest and tribal peoples. It’s been over two years since we started thinking about these minor details.
What is one earth-friendly practice you wish everyone would adopt?
Parag Panchabai: We worship mother Earth, and that is the tradition of India. This is how we thank mother Earth. Showing gratitude towards it is also the simple thing you can do to save mother earth. We should try to have minimal life. This won’t expand your needs. When you raise your needs, you create chaos. In the past, we didn’t have many needs. But with time, we have made a necessity out of items that are more of a luxury. This is not to say that we do not need these things, we need them now for development, but could we blend some of our past things that weren’t in practice. They are not basic needs, so one thing we can do is that reuse the plastic. Reuse anything you need, but I think minimizing what you are using right now will be one essential thing you can do.
What efforts should a person take to contribute to the cause?
Parag Panchabai: The world is moving in the direction of globalization. But, in general, we’re still a tribal community. If we consider the countries of the world, then each country has one or more than one tribal cultures instilled in them. We need to learn from the tribes how to worship and defend Mother Earth. In India and Africa, indigenous people are battling for environmental protection. They are fighting for the entire planet, and we must respond as quickly as possible. We can’t wait for the big institutions to lead us and obey their rules. On a big scale, human initiatives are necessary.
Future generations must consider the pressing concerns and devise plans and methods to address them. We can’t rely just on the policies of the government. Much effort on our part is then required. If only 2% of event publishers begin to live sustainably, the entire population will start to live sustainably.
Participating in activities aimed at preserving the environment and natural resources is the most prevalent method to commemorate Earth Day. These include waste collection for sorting and recycling, avoiding gasoline-powered cars, picking up litter along the roadside, and planting trees. Gain access to the world of corporate volunteers. Get in touch with our team and share your Impact Story on our platform.