Green Friends: An Environmental Initiative
The experiential knowledge that students acquire about causes of climate change, the carbon cycle, and benefits of organic farming transform them as well as the communities they work with.
Most rural communities in India are agrarian in nature and have paid the price of using chemical fertilizers and pesticides on their soil with poor soil quality and chemical dependence. Climate change is a reality that has massively affected agrarian communities in India as they are largely dependent on rainwater for irrigation. Awareness campaigns (genetically modified crops) with support and training to grow organic help them shift back to organic agriculture despite lower initial yield.This is a transformation we witness in the communities.
Alappad Panchayat is the collection of villages near the Amritapuri Ashram where 142 people were killed during the 2004 tsunami. The villagers themselves helped in the planting of the saplings. The project - Harita Theeram, or Green Shores–saw the planting of 300,000 casuarina saplings in total on the Alappad Panchayat peninsula by 2008.