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World Environment Day 2005 Celebrations

On the eve of World Environment Day noted green hotelier and CMD of The Orchid, Asia's first ecotel, Vithal Kamat announced the introduction of "NaturAlli" India's first eco-style quarterly by Media Transasia (India).

The magazine aims to be a source of reader friendly information, authoritative comment, back-to-nature remedies, lively interviews, global trends in ecologically-sound architecture and product design. "Drawing from indigenous tradition and modern science at once, NaturAlli shall endeavour to bridge the man-nature gap in life.

The evening also saw Vithal Kamat felicitating six "Green citizens" of Mumbai for their contribution to the environment in the year 2004 - 05. These included Ms Seema Redkar for her role in popularizing Advanced Locality Management (ALM) programmes, Mr Sujoy Monga (for his role in Wildlife and Nature Conservation), Mr Rajkumar Sharma (for his initiative in developing Chembur ALM), Eureka Forbes Institute of - (for its role in Rain Water Harvesting in Mumbai), DSP Merrill Lynch (for its innovative employment training programme on environment) and Mr Anand Bharati (Ex-Deputy Conservator of Borivli National Park).

The evening concluded with saw a brilliant "eco dance" performance by the much acclaimed dancers from ace choreographer and dancer Shiamak Davar's troupe. The concluding act saw an eco song performance by team members of The Orchid.

world earth day

On Earth Day, April 22, The Orchid's Green Team and about 60 kids from Institute of Sai Sathya Education, an NGO, which runs educational institutes for underprivileged kids, spread the message "Save Planet Earth" by writing messages in the areas owned by the H2O Water Sports Complex, Girgaum - Chowpatty. The children were educated about the need to save the stretched resources of the earth and help preserve the environment. The kids then wrote messages on the sands in front of the Complex, expressing their concern at the alarming situation. The kids were then treated to free joyrides offered by H2O.

say no to cut flowers
While most ‘Say it with flowers’, on Valentine’s Day, Vithal Kamat, Chariman and Managing Director, The Orchid as well as a renowned ‘green hotelier’ urged people to “Say no to cut flowers” at a function held at the hotel in order to spread the message of environment protection. Shageena Vibhakar, National Co-ordinator Kids for Tigers Programme of Sanctuary Magazine, a premiere wildlife magazine of Asia, gave a presentation on the importance of environment conservation to school children from Bombay Scottish. In her presentation, children were told about the ill-effects of cutting flowers, with the perspective of pollination. Pollination is a process of transfer of pollen grains, which contain the cells that develop into male sex cells, from the male structure of a plant to the female structure of a plant, which in turn contains the female sex cells. Pollination prepares the plant for fertilization and when flowers are culled, the entire process is prevented. As is known, pollination is essential for the continuation of plant species. She also emphasized on the role city people can play in the conservation of nature and wildlife. Mr. Kamat said, “Since flowers are associated with romance and consequently the quantum of flowers gifted is very high on Valentines Day, it was decided to deliver the message on Valentine’s Day eve and try to curb the incidence as much as possible”, He is of the firm belief that conservation is a habit and a way of life, which must be inculcated at an early stage in life hoping that it will be a long-term investment in helping us maintain the ecological balance in the city.

say no to crackers
In a drawing competition that was conducted on the occasion of Diwali, Orchid employees who participated were asked to highlight in their paintings, the problems generated by crackers - noise and smoke pollution. All the participants appealed for a cracker-free Diwali. Winners were from F & B Service and Front office and all the paintings were displayed in the Ecoteria.

make a bag contest Under its campaign of "No Plastic Bag", The Orchid invited various school children to make usuable bags out of cloth, paper or any other material excluding plastic. It was incredible to see how children from over 40 Mumbai schools designed eco-friendly bags. Children used their creativity to make bags from cloth, jeans, wool, leather, paper, which they decorated with paint, beads, shoe laces, sequences, buttons, candy sticks and glass pieces. The winners were awarded at a function organised by The Orchid and The Lotus Suites. Sunjoy Monga, Shaina N.C., Shiamak Davar and Pooja Ruparel judged the contest.

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