We realize that like any other project, this will need a team – a motivated team – that can own and run with specific work-streams.
With that in mind, we are now looking for like-minded individuals to partner us in the journey ahead. Listed below are some of the ways you can partner with ProjectBluePlanet today
Core team members – help us define the charter, identify opportunities, design campaigns and keep moving ahead with our mission
Social Media Lead– are you a digital native who feels very comfortable in the world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram? Join us and show us how we can tap into these digital platforms effectively
Research Lead and Scholars – We aspire to make ProjectBluePlanet the go-to place for all water related research. Also to become a platform where this knowledge is actively referenced, discussed and debated
Corporate Platform Lead – Most of the organizations have a clear intent and commitment to serve their local communities including helping in ecological sustainability. At ProjectBluePlanet, we have multiple ideas to tap into the corporate sector e.g. Corporate Sustainability Champions and Corporate Sustainability Kickstarter Kits.
City and state leads – If you enjoy the raw energy of starting something new, creating change on the ground, do join us as our city, state leads. Coordinate our efforts and campaigns.
Critics, auditors and guides – Keep us honest. Tell us what are we doing right and what can we do better. Ensure that we stay on the course. Cheer us from the sidelines.
300 Million tonnes of plastic waste is produced every year
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Buy your own bottle for office. Choose a glass or metallic one. It’s also good for your health.
Share this with others at your office. Enrol others. Post a photo with your office water bottle on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram with #BeatPlasticPollution #ProjectBluePlanet
Get your company to sponsor bottles for everyone at work. As our first comment recommended – it also makes for a good holiday season gift. Tell us in the comments below, once you get this done. It will motivate many others to do the same.
Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a focused campaign launched by the Jal Shakti Ministry to address the acute water shortage in 255 districts across India . As the name suggests the Jal Shakti Abhiyan is a mission focused to identify the unique challenges/opportunities in each of these 255 districts and deliver a clear plan for remediation.
The Jal Shakti Abhiyan would run in two phases:
Phase 1: 1st July to 15th September 2019
Phase 2: 1st October to 30th November 2019
Key Highlights of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan
A public movement or Jan Andolan approach towards water conversation to be adopted in the Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
While the Jal Shakti Abhiyan would focus on water conservation and irrigation efficiency, it will also include asset creation and focused communication programs
Cohesive teams are formed including officers in the target districts, water scientists and state and central government teams.
The teams will first visit these target districts and evaluate/understand the specific challenges. Post that the teams will coordinate the implementation of various water conservation and harvesting initiatives.
The teams’ mandate also includes water resource management and irrigation efficiency enhancement by focusing on accelerated implementation of select central programmes in seven intervention areas
The officers will then submit their reports online on a designated portal and a secretariat is being set up at the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.
Intervention Areas for Jal Shakti Abhiyan
Water conservation and rainwater harvesting
Renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks
No of Reservoirs: 5400 with total holding Capacity less than 300 BCM (whats the cost and time needed to add reservoirs? What challenges?)
Total replenishable water ( all the sources, incl underground sources): 400 BCM. (break-up of replenshiable water sources)
Hence, we can use only 600 BCM of water.
65 per cent dependence on underground water.
Impact of population increase:
water availability per person per year (1950): 5,100 cubic metres
water availability per person per year (12019):1400 cubic metres
will go down to a 1,000 cubic metres in coming years
Four Steps to tackle water scarcity
Rain water harvesting
Judicious use of water
Re-use of water (across domestic and industrial setups)
Workstreams underway at Jal Shakti ministry
Identify traditional water bodies in EACH district. The ministry has already written to the states and expects to close this within next 90 days (Nov’19). Bundelkhand case-study
Identified 250 districts that are water-stressed, over-exploited or critical (along lines of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan of 2017). Teams are on the ground till Sep and will prepare a plan including mobilizing citizen support. (how can Project Blue Planet help here)
Updates on Ganga Cleanup Project
Challenge: Most towns and villages along the river were pumping sewage into Ganga. Sewage treatment plants were old and non-functional.
First two years – studying Ganga river comprehensively
Last three years – capacity building (installing more sewage treatment plants). “What I can say with confidence is that, by this November, no homes in Uttarakhand will dump their raw sewage into the Ganga….. By December, Varanasi will have no drains releasing sewage into the Ganga”
Other interesting initiatives/observations
Black vs grey water – the water coming out of the homes is not of one but two different kinds. The black water coming from toilets needs significant treatment, whereas the grey water coming from kitchens can be made re-usable at probably 10% of the cost.
Hybrid annuity – PPP Model for Sewage Treatment plants. Already implemented in the Ganga basin states as the plants were operating at very low capacity.
70% of Singapore drinks treated sewage water !
90% of the water used in agriculture in India is fresh water, whereas in countries such as China and Brazil, the figure stands at 64 % and 60 % respectively.
No immediate plans to price water – state issue.“We can make drinking water a revenue source, but along with that if we also make treated sewage water into a revenue model, then everything will be okay”
It all began in mid 2019, post the India General Assembly (Lok Sabha) election results.
The Modi govt 2.0 announced the formation of a new ministry – Jal Shakti – with a singular objective of driving efforts towards water conservation. Needless to say, it motivated a lot of us – citizens, who have been talking about sustainability, maybe doing a few things here and there, but still feeling the urge to contribute in a more meaningful way.
Over the next few weeks and months, we observed formation of multiple WhatsApp groups, Facebook pages, passageway conversations – all focusing on Water Conservation.
And what an experience it was !
There was just an amazing amount of positive energy and pure intent. Intent to give back, intent to leave a better planet for our grandchildren. We witnessed busy corporate leaders willing to put in dedicated hours over the weekends. School and college children volunteering in plantation drives.
But we also observed that many of these citizen groups were starting from scratch. There was very little collaboration across these multiple groups (and we had access to just a handful, imagine the efforts being put in by all such groups!). For example:
They were researching how to do water harvesting (in homes, in condos).
What faucet design can help save water?
What policy interventions (e.g. discourage high water consuming crops like sugarcane) may be needed?
Who can I approach to volunteer? What is the support needed and by who?
Which local department(s) work directly with Jal Shakti?
And it goes on…….
We felt that in this digitally connected world, there should be more efficiency. A lot of these questions have been well researched. A lot of “experiments” are already underway – how can others learn early from those results? How do we track the true collective impact of these seemingly disparate initiatives? Can a digital platform bring it all together? And if it does, will we see a significant multiplier effect?
How can be build a common-repository of all research on water conservation
Build a platform that tracks all the good work being done and motivates others to join in
A community that takes up campaigns and magnifies its impact by tech-powered-collaboration