Vishwa promotes the use of green energy sources. We have tried to use solar energy for water heating at almost all our residential complexes and retreats. We also have plans to set up a 5 MW solar power plant to generate electricity in the near future.
Every building in Shivpuri is fitted with rain water harvesting system, which collects the rain water and drains it into a pond. A huge water collection pond, which can hold up to 50 lakh litres of water, called Shivpuri Sarovar has been built especially to hold this water. Most of the irrigation needs are met for the crops and the herbal plantations done here with this water. Shivpuri also has number of wells which provide water for various domestic and cooking purposes.
Special water reservoirs have been created all over Shivpuri for birds and wild animals. In summertime, the local water sources dry up. The wildlife then flocks at these reservoirs as these become the chief source of drinking water for them. It’s a marvelous sight to see many colorful and fascinating birds quenching their thirst on the ponds. Also animals like rabbits, jackals, wild dogs, civets, mongoose, black bucks, can be sighted at the ponds.
We are also working with organizations like BNHS, etc to promote animal welfare in India. We help them raise resources and awareness by providing them a platform at Vishwa Mahotsav every year. We also conduct workshops and discussion forums through schools, colleges, etc to promote wildlife conservation.
We actively promote vegetarianism. We promote the benefits of vegetarian cooking via many ways. E.g.we organize cooking shows with the help of expert chefs from to time for our audience who share our beliefs. We are also attached with groups like PETA, pioneering the cause of vegetarianism and cattle protection.
Nature-friendly Agriculture- Agnihotra Farming Methods:
Vishwa’s farming is based on the Agnihotra Farming Method. Shree Sharada Eco Farms, the farming areas of Shivpuri is spread in around 80 acres. Various grains like wheat, rice, jowar, pulses like mung, urad etc are grown here. Besides, a lot of vegetables and fruits are grown.
In Shivpuri, you can see a wide variety of horticultural plantations like mango, pomegranate, papaya, custard apple, coconuts, etc. Once they are ripe and ready for consumption, they are sent to Annapurna kitchen. Many Agnihotra families regularly buy them from Veda store. People from all over the world come to learn Agnihotra Farming Techniques to Shivpuri and participate in the farm work as a part of seva or free service. A demonstration plot has been developed and set aside that is used for the learning requirements of the farmers.
Every year a lot of compost is prepared on the farms as a part of the farming process. A large compost pit has been created near the Goshala. Every day the residual cow dung, farm waste and Agnihotra Ash are added in layers. The entire mixture is turned over periodically and the compost gets ready in no time. Most of this compost is used in the farms, but a large amount is also used in other tree plantation projects run by Vishwa.
Vishwa has been trying to create a reservoir of rare and endangered plants in Shivpuri. Many rare herbs which have medicinal values as per Ayurveda, have been planted in the farms of Shivpuri as part of its plantation project.
Vishwa is also working with many eminent nature conservationists on creating a bank of rare and protected trees and herbs. The herbs are identified and grown in a suitable and protected environment which helps in preserving rare species of plants and herbs. Awareness about the medicinal properties of these plants are explained to residents of Shivpuri, tourists, and guests to promote the importance of conservation of our natural reserves.
Vishwa promotes the use of recycled products through various initiatives, the foremost being the use of recycled paper. Vishwa is working with many schools, colleges and corporate organizations to ensure that they are helping them recycle waste paper in each of these sectors.
All the books, paper products meant to go out of use are collected and replaced with items made from recycled paper. Vishwa donates books made from recycled paper to children in rural schools.
Many talented artists who are working with creating sculptures and installations using recycled materials are given prominent space in the art gallery at the Vishwa events round the year.
We are working closely with a group called RUR- R U Recycling. It is based at Mumbai headed by Mrs. Monisha Narke, who was also the core team member of Vishwa Show 09. They are a team of an extremely motivated and talented volunteers, who spread awareness about recycling even amongst children by conducting seminars in schools.
Vishwa is also associated with many international organizations like the GUI based in Singapore, doing path breaking work in creating awareness about sustainable living and ecology.
Since 2009, Vishwa has planted more than 10, 50,000 trees in and around Shivpuri in a very organized and thoughtful manner. The area of Akkalkot is relatively dry and arid. The tree population of this region is very low. Vishwa has done pioneering work in planting trees that not only provides shade, but also acts as oxygen banks and carbon depositories. The big trees help stop soil erosion and promote water retention. More than 80 rare Ayurveda herbs are also cultivated in Shivpuri. Identification and information sign boards have been placed with each tree. Vishwa plans to plant at least another 1,50,000 trees in the coming two years.
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