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Issue 02 l February 2020
Director's Corner
"The Earth does not want valentine greetings. Neither it wants gift or quotes about her.
The earth needs beautiful nature, clean water, unpolluted environment.
If you love our Earth, the only home of all living things, adopt a green lifestyle and sustain life of the Earth."

Happy Valentines's Month !!
- Dr. Vinitaa Apte
Founder Director, TERRE
          Common Name:
    Jamun /
Java Plum

  Scientific name:

Sczygium cukinii

Syzygium cumini, commonly known as Malabar plum, Java plum, or black plum, is an evergreen tropical tree in the flowering plant family Myrtaceae native to the Indian Subcontinent, adjoining regions of Southeast Asia, China and Queensland. Syzygium cumini has been spread overseas from India by Indian emigrants and at present is common in tropical former British colonies. 

Jarnun prefers to grow under tropical and subtropical climate. The jamun requires dry weather at the time of towering and fruit setting. A slow growing species can reach heights of up to 30 m and can live more than 100 years.

Usage and Benefits: 

  1. The seed of the fruit is used in various alternative healing systems like Ayurveda, Unani and Chinese medicine.
  2. The extract of the fruit and seeds are found be effective against hyperglycemia in diabetic rats.
  3. Wine and vinegar are also made from the fruit. It has a high source in vitamin A and vitamin C.
Issue 02 l February 2020
The last Color
at Rani Laxmi Bai, Sainiki Shala Pirangut
On 2nd January 2020 TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Symantec & CAF India has organized an environmental education awareness based professional theatre play The Last Colour at Rani Laxmi Bai, Sainiki  Shala Pirangut, Pune. The subject of the Theatre play was tiger conservation, as day by day the threat on the tiger is increasing due to human interference in to the natural ecosystem.  The Last Colour was presented by Dhyas Pune which was directed and scripted by Mr. Shrikant Prabhakar Bhide. Total 700 girls students and 30 teachers has participated in the event.
Click here for the News Coverage of the Event !!!
Plant Adoption Activity at Smritivan, Warje
On 13th and 14th January 2020, Mr. Kiran Barate Patil & family and Mr. Vijaykumar Mushrif & family adopted 1 Peepal and 1 Chafa tree respectively for ‘Asthi Visarjan’ of Lt. Anusaya Dnyanoba Barate Patil and Lt. Vijayshri (Usha) Mushrif respectively to reduce river pollution considerably.

These adopted trees will remind them of their beloved ones throughout their lifetime.
On 15th January 2020, Mrs. Anvita Tushar Kulkarni adopted 1 Banyan tree in the memory of Lt. Vasant Ganesh Datar.
Issue 02 l February 2020
Visit to Warje Urban forestry
(23rd January, 2020)
On 23rd January, more than 55 graduate engineers from TATA Motors have visited the Warje urban forestry site. The visits intended to aware the new joinies regarding the social initiative taken by TATA Motor under its Corporate Social Responsibility with the support of TERRE Policy Centre. During the visit they were briefed by Dr. Vinita Apte, Founder Director TERRE about the journey of developing Warje urban forestry site with major stress on the challenges and the actions taken during the process.
Train the Trainers
at Bhimthadi Shikshan Sanatha, Daund
(29th February, 2020)
On the Occasion of Vasant Panchmi, TERRE Policy Centre has organized an Environmental Education Awareness-based Teacher Training Programme TRAIN THE TRAINERS at Bhimthadi Shikshan Sanatha, Daund, Pune. Event was inaugurated by the hands of chief guest of the event, Dr. Ravi Kumar Chitnis - Pro Vice Chancellor MIT World Peace University. TERRE also launched Book of वसुंधरा उद्याची, a series of environmental awareness-based articles written by Dr. Vinita Apte. Dr. Ravi Kumar Chitnis talked about Sustainable Development Goals and encouraged them to initiate the environmental activity in innovative ways. The 1st session was taken by Mrs. Chaitrali Chandolkar, Senior Environmental Journalist (Newspaper) Maharashtra Times Pune. She explained the issues and challenges faced by Pune city and nearby rural areas due to environmental crisis in past years, and how teachers can bring change in society by creating awareness among children. The 2nd session was taken by Dr. Vinita Apte, where she talked about her national and international experiences in the field of environment. The 3rd session was the last session, which was the training programme by Rajkumari Suryawanshi, Project leader TERRE. She demonstrated innovative tools and methods, which can be used by teachers for environment education. This was an interactive session, where teachers also shared their experiences and challenges while teaching the subject and discussed about the best solutions for the same. The session was followed by TERRE Teacher Olympiad, where winning teacher was awarded with certificate and Nakshi Gift hamper. At the end of the training programme, TERRE felicitated the participating teachers with the certificates and 16GB pen drive with environment education material.
Issue 02 l February 2020
Teachers Olympiad
(10th Edition - January, 2019)
TERRE conducted its 10th edition of Teachers Olympiad, which is an online competition scheduled every month. TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Earth Day Network launched this Olympiad to encourage the teachers to spread awareness about environmental issues among students. 
Winner of Teachers Olympiad - January 2020
Mr. Owhal Vishal Gautam
Faculty at Sheth Jotiprasd Vidyalay and Jr. College, Daund

Interested teachers can register anytime for the Olympiad using the link given below:
For any queries regarding the above competition, feel free to contact us : 
Email ID:
Contact: 020-25448650
Young Research Fellowship
TERRE has declared national level 'Young Research Fellowship' in the reverential memory of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam had high expectations from the youth of India and keeping this in context, TERRE has announced this noble award on the occasion of Late Dr. Kalam’s birth anniversary - 15 October 2019.

Academic qualification: Under-graduates, post-graduates, Ph.D. of any stream.

Age eligibility: Minimum 19 years and maximum 25 years of age (as on 01.01.2020)

Research themes: Plastic, Clean Air, Agriculture and Environment Friendly Technology & Innovation.

Fellowship details: Young researchers who have worked or are working in the themes (as mentioned above) will be considered and upto 50 participants will be shortlisted for the fellowship. Innovative & unique idea will be awarded with INR 10,000 along with a Citation, Scroll and Medallion.

Fellowship will be awarded on remembrance day of Dr. Kalam i.e. 27th July 2020. Scrutinising committee headed Mr. Ashok Mangotra an Ex Chartered Officer and close acquaintance Late of Dr. Kalam.

Registration details: The registration portal is open till 15th February 2020.

Follow the link for more information:
Issue 02 l February 2020
P.C Rahul Kamble

Green vine snake

Ahaetulla nasuta

It is a slender green tree snake found in India, Sri lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam. he green vine snake is diurnal and mildly venomous This arboreal snake normally feeds on frogs and lizards using itsbinocular vision to hunt. They are slow moving, relying on camouflaging as a vine in foliage. The snake expands its body when disturbed to show a black and white scale marking. Also, they may open their mouth in threat display and point their head in the direction of the perceived threat. Found in low bushes, shrubs and trees in lowland forest terrain at elevations up to about 1000 metres, particularly near streams and often found near human settlements.

The name Ahaetulla in Sinhala means 'eye plucker'. It earned this name, and similar ones in Tamil and Indian vernaculars, due to the mistaken belief that it strikes at the eyes. The species is viviparous, giving birth to young that grow within the body of the mother, enclosed within the egg membrane. Read More
Bulk Purchase: Avoid products that are packaged for single use (i.e., drinks, school lunches, candy, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). Instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers. Many health food stores have bulk bins, where they sell everything from grains to cereal to cleaning products. 
Issue 02 l February 2020
Effects of Particulate Pollution on Human Health

Particulate matter consists of either solid or liquid microscopic substances, many of which are hazardous. This consists of mist, dust, smoke particles from wood burning, and can be made up of different substances like carbon, nitrogen, metal compounds, etc. Size of the particle is the most important characteristic influencing the respiratory system deposition. Smaller particles penetrate more into the respiratory system causing more significant health problems. Larger, heavier particles are usually deposited onto the Earth's surface. 

Research by Dockery and Pope, Harvard University explain the following ill effects of particulate pollution on human health:
  • Asthma
  • Decreased lung capacity and,
  • Respiratory symptoms
Other researchers suggest severe health problems linked to human body when exposed to particulate matter. These include, but are not limited to, lung tissue inflammation, non-fatal heart attacks, premature death, changes in blood chemistry and, vullnerability to viral and bacterial pathogens. The primary symptoms include irritation in nose and throat, and watery eyes. Individuals likely to be affected by the particulate pollution are children, older adults and, people with chronic lung or heart disease.

Air Quality Index (AQI) helps in measuring the levels of particle in the environment. Since particulate pollution is directly linked with air pollution, the measures to reduce the impact are same for both - use of public transport, eliminating the use of wood stove, avoiding burning the trash, and conservation of electricity.

Air pollution has become a major issue in the (NCR) National Capital Region of India - Delhi,  which ranks 6th as the most polluted city in the world (CBS News Report, 2019), where reducing exposure is not an option. We must act now, to protect our threatened environment.
 - Advait Khare
BYK College of Commerce, Nashik
My Relationship With TERRE (The Earth)
Maninder Kaur to Mayuresh Kulkarni on the visit to Warje Forestry,
Thank you so much for giving quality time for the field trip on CSR activities awareness planned for the Graduate Engineering Trainees on 23rd Jan 2020. As the GETs are in phase of transition from campus to corporate life, this visit to the project in Warje under your care will really help them in understanding the real world and encourage them to contribute selflessly for our society.
I would also like to extend my thanks to Ms. Vinita Apte from TERRE Policy Centre who came for addressing the young professionals on our request and  briefed the project very clearly.
We look forward to plan such eye opener visits under your guidance. 
This would have not been possible without the directions of Mr.Rohit Saroj. 
Ms. Ujawala accompanied us on the trip like a mentor. 
Thanks and regards,
Maninder Kaur
Issue 02 l February 2020

'Sir, Due to Climate Change Weather seems to be more harsh on us !!'

Courtesy: Dhanraj Garad

The India has lost 110 tigers in 2019, a third of them to poaching, according to figures compiled by NGO Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI).   
Read more: 

Group of Eagles is called as 

A) Herd
B) Nest
C) Ostentation
D) Convocation
If you know the answer, send us at

Issue 02 l February 2020

The Environment CROSSWORD

Increase your IQ and Knowledge by

solving this environmental-based
Crossword and send it to
1) An animal that is close
to being extinct
2) An animal that only eats plants
3) A warm blooded vertebrate that
has hair or fur and produces milk.
4) When an animal is no longer
alive on Earth
6) A cold blooded vertebrate that
lives on land and in water
7) To have offspring or babies
8) A group of animals that have
the same characteristics
5) The area or environment,
where animal lives.
9) The top level of the rainforest
10) An animal that only eats meat
and other animals.
11) A cold blooded vertebrate
that has a backbone
12) Saving, protecting and using
resources wisely.
Issue 02 l February 2020
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Editorial Team :
Rajkumari Suryawanshi, Dinah Gengmei, Sagar Lakhotiya and Shreeram Nijampurkar