6th June 2008

Inauguration of the Workshop
During the Work Shop
Conclusion of Workshop
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Barli Development Institute for Rural Women Indore
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women Celebrates World Environment Day 5th June 2008
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women observed the World Environment
Day by concluding  a three day  training workshop for 81 young rural and tribal girls
and women from 44 villages in Dewas, Dhar,  Jhabua, Khargone, Badwani and
Indore districts of Madhya Pradesh. Most of them had never gone to school and
never heard the word “Environment”
The theme of the workshop:   "
Reducing Carbon by Changing Habits.”

Janak McGilligan Institutes Director in her welcome note, shared UNEP’s message  
to  follow the 1
2 steps to kick the Co2 habit, and to work towards a low carbon
This workshop was inaugurated on 3rd June by Professor. Rakesh Trivedi, well
known environmentalist and Professor of Zoology.  He said Indore is known as one
of the best education centres but Barli Institute is most amazing, being an incredible
practitioner, where actions speak louder than the words. Knowledge is applied and
has proved to be one of the best Institutes for environmental management. He said
that Barli is way ahead in reducing carbon and people should learn from here. He
explained the meaning and ways to reduce carbon in a very simple way

During this inauguration experience of recycling was shared by the members of staff,
some who were trainees turned trainers. They showed those gathered a collection of
used and discarded materials, turning them into new products.
Inauguration of the Workshop
Dr. Janak McGilligan speaking during the inauguration of the Workshop
Noori the tailoring trainer shared her a full  range of eco-friendly products like small bags
for mobile phones pouches to gift money/ornaments handbags, and purses,  old greeting
cards turned into book marks, exhausted dry cell batteries collected and artistically packed
to make paperweights, glass holders for drinking hot tea, multicoloured mobiles and
hangings  all made of cloth scrap after training in cutting and tailoring and knitting etc and  
beautiful woollen embroidery on rice sacks which are turned into very sturdy and colourful
carry bags etc..

Chanda Nikhare who teaches batik and block printing was so proud of showing the
briquettes made out of waste paper and dry grasses etc that she uses for melting wax for
batik printing, how fallen hair is turned into brushes for painting melted wax on fabric and
how she heats the iron to press the finished work on the solar cooker.

Sunderbai from garden staff, showed at least a dozen of organically grown and solar dried
vegetables like egg plant, cabbage, cauliflower, fenugreek and herbs like tulsi, turmeric,
garlic, lemon grass and many spices, lintels and peas etc. She also shared how they grow
all the vegetables and some grains to feed about hundred people throughout the year using,
vermiculture, composting of vegetable peels, and other garden and vegetables waste, reuse
of wash water and toilet water for irrigation.
Sharmila and Sagri, the solar cooks, explained in detail their cooking experiences in the
Institute’s solar kitchen, how it is clean and smoke free, saves money, good for health and
is carbon neutral. They also mentioned the use of smaller domestic solar cookers, water
heaters and energy efficient light bulbs.
Noori showing how she teaches
the trainees how to make very
strong and fashionable carry
bags out of rice sacks.
Chanda Mai explains how she
collect hair for brushes, uses
waste paper and dry grass
briquettes in the batik training
Sagri bakes chappatis on the solar
insert: Sharmila and Sagri explain
in detail how they cook for 100
person 300 days in a year
Sunderbai tells the audience
about her growing vegetable
for all the trainees and shows
samples of the solar dried
Professor A. A. Abbasi, former Vice Chancellor of DAVV University Indore while presiding over the
inauguration said it was the most rewarding experience for him to see the Institute that has created an
environment with solar energy so efficiently used here and then the tribal women learn to use it and take to their
villages. He commended the vision and dedicated and silent work of Mr. Jimmy McGilligan for his environmental
training and untiring efforts is like that of Mahatma Gandhi.

Professor Shirin Mahaltai an economist said that humanity has abused the environment and now we must repair
it by making people aware of protecting it.  While we only observe Environment Day once a year, we actually
need to protect and conserve the environment all year round.  Environment Day draws our attention to the
importance of the environment and how we have damaged it.

The Director of the Institute, Dr. (Mrs.) Janak McGilligan gave an introduction of the Institute history of the
World Environment Day and its importance. She said the Institute has been working on environment education
for 23years. She stated that the Institute does not use chemical fertilizers in its field, re-uses water, makes
compost, and grows organic food and cooks food on solar for 100 persons during 300 days in a year. The
Institute encourages everyone to use of solar energy in cooking. In 1992 Institute was the recipient of UNEPs
global 500 Roll of Honour award for its work in the field of eradication of guinea-worms. This work was done
in 302 villages of Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh. The objective of training rural women in environment is
aimed at fulfilment of Agenda 21 and Millennium Development Goals.  
former Vice
Shirin Mahalati
Rakesh Trivedi
During the workshop
As the present training course had just started10 days earlier and majority of these trainees have never gone to schools and most likely would have never heard
the word “Environment” before this, and also having their first experience of participating in such a open discussion. During these three days, the trainees would
learn about the meaning of Environment, what is pollution in general and carbon in particular and it’s affect on our lives. They would learn about the dangers of
the use and over use of pesticides and other chemicals in agriculture, and when they are used how handle them without damaging their own health.
Institute has developed its own training materials written in very simple local language and using the examples from local culture. There were sessions conducted
by the programme officers Ms Archna Margonwaer, Ms Dhedi Dawar, and Ms Noori. Dr. Geeta Handa , who is an organic Chemist, Dr. Anupma Negi an
Aneasthesist, Dr. Shakutla Sharma and Aryuvedic practitioner, Mr Narain Prasad Madhup from Kukshi.
Children of Institute Staff members showing news paper
reporters toys and others thing they have made from shampoo
bottles etc.
Methods of how to organically grow dry, process, store and preserve fruits,
vegetables, herbs, spices and lentils, rain-water harvesting, reuse of waste water for
irrigation, waste management and composting, nursery development and plant
propagation. They also learned about the importance and benefits of solar cooking,
especially for women to prevent the daily back-breaking work of fuel gathering and
to help to preserve forest and woodlands and while doing so reduce air pollution.

Learning how the trees and plants absorb the pollution and carbon, and to
understand that as we breathe out the trees breathe in and as they breathe out we
breathe in a cleaner air.  
They learned about caring for the environment
with a focus on role of women, appropriate
and sustainable solutions to the current
problems of forest degradation, the depletion
of groundwater resources and rainfall
dependant vegetable gardening.
Conclusion of Workshop
Dr.Prabhakar  Pandit  organic farming  researcher and writer, was the chief guest and
Dr. Arun Dike the agricultural scientist  presided over this function. Prabhakar Pandit
said that he was deeply impressed with the sustainable model of Barli Institute training of
grass-root young women who are the real managers of environment in the villages and
he emphasized on the organic farming.

Dr. Arun Dike highlighted the urgent need to switch over to organic farming and address
all the issues relating to carbon reduction. He said he was fascinated with the
briquetting, initiative of  Barli Institute as one of the most practical, simple and
inexpensive solution to reduce carbon.
Mr.Arun Dike
Mr. Prabhakar Pandit
Dr. Geeta Handa
Mr. Pramod Kulkarni
The trainees shared their experiences of learning in the workshop.

Miss Pooja Rathore from Khargone spoke about the saving water and reuse of water and she will now always reuse the water after
cleaning and mopping in the garden.

Miss Maya from Dewas said that now she understands the merits of organic farming and she will try to practice in her community.

Miss Kamla More from Badwani District explained the meaning of environment and its conservation that she never heard before.

Miss Barkee drew everyone attention to how much trees give us and the time is come for us to protect and save them.

Miss Kiran Chouhan from Khargone district shared information on environment pollution
Mrs Neha Kanoje shared benefits of trees.

Miss Idi, Miss Jendoo, Miss Uma and their group composed and sang sons about environmental conservation.

Also present on the Dias  were  
Dr. Anupama Negi, Anaesthesist and counselor for breast cancer
Mr. Pramod Narayan Kulkarni, Retired Principal, Central School Mumbai,
Dr. Geeta Handa ,the organic Chemist and Mr. Jimmy McGillgan Manager of the Barli Institute
News From Extension Centres of Barli Institute for Rural Women in Chhattisgarh
Miss Lata  Yadav and Ms Sonwati from Kanker have sent the following
news of  2 programmes on World Environment Day  organised by the
graduates and trainees of Extenssion Centres of Barli Institute,  in  tribal  
areas Kokpur and Bhandari Para of  Kanker  in Chhattisgarh . The
participants included Mahila Mandals( Women Groups ) from Bewarti,  
Kokpur  Dongripara   together where they took out rallies to make people
aware of  carbon reduction. In her welcome address .Ms. Lata Yadav
and Mrs. Santoshi introduced the importance of the World environment
day, UNEP and told that it is a day to focus our attention towards the
conservation and preservation of environment, “because all of us should
feel our moral duty to take care of the Environment because it is in our
own interest.
She said that we should plant and protect more trees. Panch ,Sarpanch,
Mahila Mandal Chairperson and Anganwadi worker of  Kokpur and
Dongripara about 60 women and men participated in each rally that
walked through the villages with signs relating to save the environment, No
pollution,  plant more trees, Care for the environment is service to the
community, importance of healthy environment and to care for land,
water, animals and forest etc.  
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