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Mayapur Clean and Green Partners with ISKCON Mayapur To Combat Air Quality Crisis
By Kulavati Krishnapriya Devi Dasi, ISKCON News Staff Writer   |  Mar 29, 2024

Murari Mohini Devi Dasi with the Fire Brigade at recent fire.

Recently, Mayapur Clean and Green, headed by Murari Mohini Devi Dasi, has been valiantly working to improve the air quality in Mayapur. Earlier this year, a pivotal agreement was reached with ISKCON Mayapur, outlining policies to address air quality issues and prohibit waste burning. 

In spite of waste burning being outlawed by the Indian government and supported by specific legislation and guidelines governing landfill management, air quality remains a pressing concern in Sri Mayapur Dham. This is especially true in the winter months when temperatures drop, and pollution levels increase, posing significant health risks, especially for vulnerable groups such as children and seniors. Not to mention others who may suffer from respiratory ailments like persistent coughs and other chronic diseases.

However, despite all the governmental and regulatory measures, a disturbing incident occurred during the winter season—an extensive fire erupted in a local landfill, consuming highly toxic materials like styrofoam. Unlike typical fires fueled by wood or organic matter, this blaze emitted dense, hazardous smoke, prompting immediate action.

The intensity of the fire was so high that the fire department was summoned as a last resort to contain the blaze swiftly and prevent its potential escalation, which could have engulfed the entire vicinity. 

Subsequent to the fire’s suppression, a proposal for a comprehensive policy was already drafted. Following deliberations and revisions, the policy gained approval by the co-directors of ISKCON Mayapur, marking a significant triumph in the ongoing battle for cleaner air in the dham.

However, mandates must be matched with effective implementation to effect real change. Murari Mohini remarked, “We have a policy now, but we need a system to implement this policy. Brajaraj Kanai Prabhu, Central Divisional Head, ISKCON Mayapur, has assumed responsibility for executing the policy. Subhekshana Das, one of the Co-Directors of ISKCON Mayapur, has suggested having workshops for the workers. Mayapur Clean and Green is ready to offer support and train those interested. We are ready to have regular workshops with every department.”

She added, “Central to our approach is not just discouraging harmful practices but also offering viable alternatives. If you don’t offer an option, people never change their habits. More than merely admonishing people to refrain from burning waste is required; practical solutions must accompany such directives. Murari Mohini Devi Dasi concluded, “Mayapur Clean and Green intervenes by educating individuals on waste separation and management, offering tangible support like providing trash cans and organizing garbage collection services. Importantly, we operate on a principle of affordability, accepting contributions based on what individuals can comfortably afford.”

Mayapur Clean and Green endeavors to effect tangible change by not only advocating against detrimental practices but also by providing feasible solutions that empower communities to embrace cleaner, healthier habits.

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