Bangalore (India). The Indian Province Sacred Heart of Jesus (INK), to celebrate the year of Laudato ì and the Time of Creation, has given life to various initiatives involving the Educating Communities of the FMA, such as the cultivation of vegetables to provide for community needs while taking care of creation.
It is an initiative carried out by the CDEW, the “Center for the development and empowerment of women’s society” of the FMA of the INK Province, concerns training on the management of household waste and plastic waste, which is increasing in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
From 28 September to 4 October 2020, the CDEW participated in the Green Action Week (Green Action Week), a worldwide campaign held annually to promote sustainable consumption, involving 60 associations in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America.
On 29 September 2020, in Bandapura (Bangalore), Sister Celine Jacob, Provincial of the INK Province, inaugurated the Green Action Week, with the theme “Sharing Community”.
This edition takes place in the context of the pandemic, which is having an impact on consumption, especially of plastics. The widespread use of PPE (personal protective equipment) – masks, gloves, face shields, bottles of disinfectants, etc. – led to an increase in the tons of waste of this material in India. In addition, the use of technological devices for teaching and online work contributes to waste related to electronics and the increase in travel with personal vehicles rather than public transport, leads to an increase in pollution.
However, there is also an increase in the production and consumption of organic products, considered by consumers to be a valid aid in fighting the virus. Starting from this data, the CDEW has collaborated with the consumer association CUTS International to raise awareness and form women and young people on the ‘three Rs’ – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – and introduce the composting method for the management of household waste and the production of organic fertilizer for gardens, contributing to a sustainable future.