Caring for Mother Nature in South Australia
30 years ago, an average Australian had a simple idea to make a difference to his own backyard and that has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event happening on the first Sunday of March each year. This year, on 5th March, we had a successful event for the Clean Up Australia Day.
With Swami's blessings, the event started at 8.45 am with a short induction and was then followed by 3 OMs and Gayatri chanting. Around 18 people participated in the event and out of which 4 were children.
As part of the Clean up campaign, we chose the Adelaide CBD parklands area. Our members were divided into 4 groups and led by their Team leaders thereby covering 4 different areas of the parklands site. We collected a fair amount of landfill and recyclable rubbish. The takeaway was, cleaning up doesn't happen in a day; it has to be an everyday ritual for each of us on the planet to visualize and experience the changes.
Finally, we concluded the event by presenting certificates to the children and elderly devotees who put in their valuable time and effort for the quality of their surroundings. The event came to an end at 11 am.