~ Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and MoS- Environment, Forest and Climate Change lauded Jill Ferguson, Managing Director, Forca Goa Foundation and Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine for the commendable work put in the Foundation and beach clean-up campaign respectively ~
~ The event was part of a Network 18 initiative which was an extension of their India Hoga Clean Campaign ~
Goa khabar: Forca Goa Foundation and Drishti Marine have been recognised by Network 18 for their efforts in the Swachh Bharat initiative. The Forca Goa Foundation and Drishti Marine were among 18 organisations from across the country who were felicitated for their work. The Foundation was recognised for their efforts in helping communities take care of their waste, while Drishti Marine was recognised for their efforts in raising awareness among beach goes about waste management through the 150-day #TeraMeraBeach campaign.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and MoS- Environment, Forest and Climate Change lauded Jill Ferguson, Managing Director, Forca Goa Foundation and Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine for the commendable work put in by the Foundation and beach clean-up campaign respectively.
Network 18’s notable India Hoga Clean Campaign showcased a series of episodes highlighting the various initiatives put into motion by organisations and individuals alike in spreading awareness on keeping their surroundings clean.
Jill Ferguson, Managing Director, Forca Goa Foundation said, “We are honored to have received an award from Network 18. We are grateful that our work is being appreciated at a national level and through this hope to inspire many more individuals and organisations to commit towards tackling the growing garbage crisis“
Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said, “We are very happy to receive this award and I am proud of my dedicated team who put in a lot of efforts to make the 150-day #TeraMeraBeach campaign successful. We look forward to organizing the campaign for many more years.”
The Forca Goa Foundation aims to make a difference in communities by using football as a tool to empower individuals and teach them sustainable habits. Therefore, encouraging the community to start segregating, composting and recycling at home by teaching children at their grassroots centers the effects garbage has on the environment. The Foundation believes that by putting the responsibility on individuals to take care of their own waste will go a long way in tackling the garbage crisis.
Forca Goa Foundation understands that putting in waste management infrastructure alone is not enough. However, we hope that working with the government, NGOs, and private sectors to tackle the growing trash problem will enable locals and visitors to see the beautiful state of Goa start to unbury itself from trash.
#TeraMeraBeach aims to make visitors responsible and aware of the necessity to use bins along the beach, segregate waste and participate in beach clean-ups. The campaign consisted of daily drum circles lead by musicians from Taal Inc. followed by each participant of #TeraMeraBeach adding one piece from the collected waste to the community art installation. The art installation consists of bottles, cans, papers, cloth etc. collected by the participants during the clean-up drive.
In a bid to improve the cleanliness on Goa’s beaches, the state government had reached out to Drishti Marine in December 2016 to step in and assist with garbage collection along the beaches to support the effort of the government. Accordingly, Drishti Marine has offered its assistance and mobilized manpower and equipment for clearing garbage from the beaches of Goa and the same is transported to the Saligao Waste Management plant. The agency has an existing framework which includes infrastructure and management capability to effectively carry out the exercise along the beaches.