Sunday, 20 July 2014

SAVE Saligao: An URGENT Appeal

Dear Saligaokars, Saligao lovers and well wishers,

Garbage has been killing Saligao, Goa from 1987.
For 27 years, coastal and hotel garbage has been dumped in a huge, 60 ft. deep, quarry on our hill. Our Salmona spring and wells and those in Calangute and Candolim are polluted.

The SCCC has decided to file a Writ Petition and appeal for funds.  Please be generous with Saligao...Goa...the planet.

Warm regards and solidarity.  - Muriel & Mario.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saligao Waste Treatment Plant Unviable: Experts

What we in the Saligao Civic & Consumer Cell and others in the village have been saying for a long time now, has finally been borne out by experts in the field.

The Goa Government's proposed Solid Waste Treatment Facility (SWTF) is a formula for disaster: financially, technologically, logistically, environmentally.  Read on:

This video says it all:

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Would You Celebrate World Health Day At Goa Medical College?

Today, 7 April, is World Health Day.

Video Volunteers' North Goa Community Correspondent Sulochana Pednekar brings you a 3 and a 1/2 minute, video peep into the nursing care, in only one ward at Goa Medical College (GMC).

Sulochana Pednekar interviews the Matron of GMC

After viewing it here, decide whether you would like to celebrate World Health Day there, or put your Right to Life in GMC'S hands.

Saligao's Illegal Piggery & Slaughter House - 2: complaint+video prompt joint site inspection

A combination of this complaint - signed by 240 residents of Donvaddo and Sonarbhatt - and the Video Volunteers film on the problem, led to a 3-way joint site inspection by the Health Officer, Primary Health Centre, Candolim; the Dept. of Animal Husbandry and the Sarpanch, VP Saligao.  Copies of the film were given to the Health Officer, Sarpanch, VP Saligao and local MLA.

The usual game of passing the buck stopped at the Sarpanch and it now rests with him to stop the illegal activity and implement the relevant laws and rules governing the keeping and slaughter of pigs in residential areas.  He will also have to implement the law governing garbage dumps and the burning of garbage, especially plastics in a residential area. 

The Health Officer cannot escape the immediate removal of all the health hazards connected with this illegal activity, and the burning of plastic garbage.

The Pollution Control Board will have to stop the burning of plastic garbage with its resultant air pollution as well as the seepage into the underground water table of the infected, putrefying and stinking blood, that rots in a pool along with the the urine, dung and entrails of the slaughtered pigs.65

The communities of Donvaddo and Sonarbhatt have suffered enough.  We hope that the 2 communities along with Sarpanch Eknath will work towards a win-win situation for them as well as the pig-rearing families.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Saligao's Illegal Piggery & Slaughter House - 1

Remember Sulochana Pednekar the grassroots Community Correspondent from Video Volunteers who came in and did a short video documentary on the illegal piggery and slaughter house in Donvaddo, Saligao?

Her video is now up here...

More on the devastation caused by this dangerous community nuisance and health hazard as the community responds.  Stay tuned.

Monday, 25 March 2013

EARTH HOUR 2013: Saligao

Dean D'Cruz to Aaren Noronha: the flame to GenNext

Tarika Kiran 
from the Saligao Earth Hour team

Gabriella D'Cruz 
Diogo Fernandes

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Bring a CANDLE and if possible, a musical instrument.

Invitation From Alexyz...

Now Alexyz extends an invitation in his own unique style...

Earth Hour: 1 Day Left To Switch Off

Saturday, 23 March 2013
8:30-9:30 pm
Lourdes Convent Open Air Courts
Saligao.  Goa.
(Bring a candle and a musical instrument, if possible)

Earth Hour in India
The Journey so far
India joined the Earth Hour movement in 2009, where 5 million Indians across 56 cities showed their support by switching off non essential lights and saving approximately 1000 MW of power in that one hour. Hundreds on educational institutions, 100 top public and private sector organizations, and governments of various cities participated.

In the last three years, the campaign has grown into a national movement supported by individuals, local governments, private and public sector organizations, and institutions. In 2011, individuals across 130 Indian cities participated and committed to a better lifestyle, adhering to the new phase of the campaign going beyond the hour. Over 1,000,000 students joined the movement as young environmentalists. Earth Hour penetrated beyond the urban and educated masses alone, witnessing participation from tier II and III cities, and villages with no access to basic energy requirements.

Local governments and state and city officials inspired citizens to observe Earth Hour leading by example, and switching off lights in State Chief Ministers residents and important landmarks across the state. Reiterating India’s sincere commitment towards environment conservation, the Rashtrapati Bhawan also switched off lights, so did the Prime Ministers’ residence.

In 2012, Earth Hour reached more than 150 Indian cities, and touched important milestones. For the first time ever, the iconic Mysore palace observed Earth Hour by reducing the duration of illumination of the Palace on weekends from 15 minutes to 5 minutes. This symbolic gesture sent out a powerful message not only to the citizens of the city and country, but to the thousands of international tourists who visit the Palace to witness this magnificent illumination.

The campaign has been endorsed by well known celebrities such as Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Sachin Tendulkar, Rana Dagubatti, the Royal Challengers cricket team, Chennai film actor and singer Dhanush, Kolkota film actor Rituparna Sengupta, who all helped increase outreach by appealing to their fans and followers to participate.

In Goa, from 2010, this is the 4th year running, Earth Hour is being organised in Saligao.

And finally...
All you ever wanted to know about Earth Hour and did not whom to ask:

Be there!

Earth Hour Team

Dear Chief Minister, Saligao MLA & Sarpanch...

Dear Manoharbhav, Dilip and Eknath,

As a team who are all in the same party and on the same page, we in Saligao expect much from the 3 of you for Earth Hour 2013 and towards establishing Renewable Energy solutions to our problematic power supply.

For a start you can switch off all non-essential lights, from 8:30-9:30 pm in the state...beginning with Saligao's church and temple exterior illumination.  Surely, a combination of the 3 of you can ensure this tiny measure.

Second...slowly phase out Saligao's connection to the grid.  Make this a FIRST in Goa! Starting with the Panchayat building, all street lighting and finally public illumination switch Saligao totally to Renewable Energy using a combination of solar, biomass and wind energy: 

- Do away with the garbage dump on our hill that is destroying our village and use all our hills for wind turbines (windmills).
- Use all our biodegradable waste in a biomass plant to create additional power.
- Use Saligao's solar energy to complete our electricity needs.
A combination of these 3 Renewable Energy measures will first supply all our public and later private energy needs. 

Unless we make efforts to transform our energy production systems to 100% renewable, we may do irreversible damage to our planet.

Earth Hour 2013

How our government can help...

Mae de Deus Church, Saligao.

Switch off 
Lead by example! Make sure you switch off lights in your Chief Ministers house, local leaders, and all government office buildings on Saturday, 23rd March from 8:30 - 9:30 PM. Send out communication to ensure all important landmarks in our state switch off for Earth Hour.
Spread the message 
Write to all utilities, market associations, schools and other stakeholders informing them about your support to Earth Hour and asking them to spread the message through their mediums.

Join hands
Our teams are present across India, working to spread the message of Earth Hour. Join hands with our local Earth Hour team in your state and jointly organize events and press conferences, appealing to the citizens to participate.

Send out a public appeal and advertisement in the leading newspapers of your city, asking citizens to switch off lights for Earth Hour. Put up hoardings in bus shelters and other prominent places in the city about Earth Hour.

Switch On to Renewable Energy
Contribute towards achieving India’s Renewable Energy targets!
  • Adopt policies favorable to production of Renewable Energy to meet the power demands of Goa.
  • Direct all government owned buildings and city monuments to adopt renewable energy solutions.
  • Adopt Renewable Energy solutions and interlink renewable energy technologies such as waste to energy for all city infrastructures such as solar street lighting.
  • Secure finances through the central government to implement renewable energy projects our state. Alternately, you can also secure international funding by generating carbon credits through implementing Renewable Energy projects.

Light up a monument in Goa using Renewable Energy...begin with Mae de Deus Church, Saligao.

You can send out a strong message of your commitment towards building a sustainable future for your citizens, by organizing an Earth Hour event around an iconic monument in your city, using only Renewable Energy to power and light the venue. As a symbolic show of support, light up part of the monument after the switch off, using Renewable Energy powered products such as solar lanterns, and use this public event to announce a commitment towards adopting measures which would benefit the environment.
Warm regards and solidarity.

The Earth Hour Team in Saligao.

Friday, 22 March 2013

EARTH HOUR: 2 Days To Go.

How you can help:

With your friends and neighbours, join others at:

Lourdes Convent Open Air Courts, Saligao
on 23 March from 8:30-9:30 pm.

From the Earth Hour website...


Switch off!
On Saturday, 23rd March 2013, wherever you are, switch off lights for Earth Hour from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, and stand united with millions of others across the globe! Make sure your participation counts, by signing up

Spread the word
Help us reach out to your friends and families by talking about Earth Hour, and encouraging them to participate! Join our communities to keep up with latest news, events and activities, and make sure you share them with others.

Talk about it
If you write a blog, or own a website, tell others what you are doing for Earth Hour this year, and why you believe your actions can make a different to this planet! Through your actions, you can inspire many others to follow in your footsteps, and start a movement right where you are!

Become an organizer:
Don’t stop at just switching off lights at home! You can organize Earth Hour events to encourage your friends, family, and neighbours to participate. Start a signature campaign asking people to pledge their support, organize awareness marches around your locality, and distribute Earth Hour collaterals to your nearby market place. Encourage individuals to come together on the Earth Hour night to switch off collective, and celebrate with the world.

Write to for more ideas and assistance.

Know more
You can get in touch with the local WWF team in your city, and help them promote the campaign in your city. We are always looking for young and enthusiastic individuals to help us raise awareness and spread the message!

Switch On to Renewable Energy
This year, go one step further! Little things you do can go a long way in reducing your impact on the environment. Opt for easy and practical Renewable Energy solutions!
  • Adopt solar powered household products to not only reduce your footprint on the environment, but also bring down your electricity bills! From simple products such as solar powered batteries, solar calculators, solar lanterns to outdoor solar lighting for pathways and gardens, and solar water heaters and fans, there are a range of products now available in the Indian market!
  • You can install Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the rooftop of your house which convert solar radiations directly into electricity, and can support part of your energy needs.
  • Use your kitchen organic waste to produce biogas that can be used for cooking in the kitchen. Creating mini biogas plants at home can be easy and safe!
  • Constructing a new house or renovating? This could be your chance to use renewable energy to the maximum! Get your architect, landscape designer, and electrician, plumber, and energy consultants together, and ask for a design of a green building. The construction and operation of green buildings minimizes demand on non-renewable resources and maximizes the use of renewable sources such as solar and solar thermal, as well as reuse and recycle available resources. Green buildings may be expensive to construct, however, that cost is recovered in the long run due to much lower operation costs.
Warm regards and solidarity.