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The Green Attitude

In Events, General thoughts on June 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Being the World Environment Day today, I have been thinking about what to write exactly to make it sound like cool and interesting. Because, let’s face it, it’s common behaviour to drift off on hearing about sensitisation campaigns, alarming news about our planet Earth, ecological disasters etc…

My father being an officer at the Ministry of Environment, I have been brought up with a very different view – a green view – of the environment around me. I do admit that I might not be fully green but still I have been used to taking certain eco-friendly measures in my everyday life. Yet, this post is not again a list of eco-friendly gestures you may take, these can be found everywhere on the net you just need to ‘google’ it 😉 I ‘ve decided for this year, to bring forward some of those NGOs or other organisations in Mauritius that have taken as challenge to preserve our  ecosystem and their achievement so far. Thus, it could also help us  to have a better view of what is being done in our island and what has to be done for the welfare of our future.

1. Mauritius Marine Conservation Authority (MMCS) – NGO existing for 30 years in Mauritius, its main goal is to promote the protection of marine mammals and coral reefs through several ways like:

  • games and booklets to raise awareness and educate young people about the marine environment and its preservation
  • information signboards and posters on dolphins thus displaying rules and regulations to follow while going for dolphins watch
  • creation of artificial reefs to promote an increase in the population of marine creatures which depend on coral reefs to survive

among other several activities which can be found on their site. MMCS also has a Facebook page where updates about recent activities are posted and you can follow.

2. Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) – NGO actively involved in the protection and preservation of endangered endemic species of plants and animals in Mauritius. It has successfully been able to save species like the Pink Pigeon, the Mauritius Kestrel and the Echo Parakeet from extinction. A struggle which started in 1970 and became one of the world’s most succesful conservation stories.  The MWF has also undertaken the restoration of  Ile aux Aigrettes and Round Islands, both being important global biodiversity hotspots. The organisation also encourages University graduates to join in as either employees or volunteers. Another interesting point is their online shop where one can buy souvenirs and the money goes to the organisation’s fund.

3. Build Green Consulting –  The environment is not only about plants and animals but it is also the integration of man-made structures (buildings for instance) in the natural scenery. This is a bit what Build Green Consulting aims at. It offers consulting services to provide solutions in the field of Built Environment. It has become imperative nowadays to take into consideration the use of natural resources to make a building more environment friendly. It concerns using methods like:

  • Daylight / Solar analysis– a full analysis of solar access at different points of a building thus giving the opportunity to the project team to optimise the use of daylight.
  • Water consumption analysis – an analysis of a building’s monthly and annual consumption of water and devising strategies to save , re-use or recycle water.

More information about their services can be found here and also on their Facebook page.

There are many other organisations which also indulge in the protection and preservation of our environment but this article isn’t enough to bring them in the spotlight. I have picked 3 of them and again the few words I’ve written about them is just like the tip of the iceberg. Take some time and discover the wonderful work these people are doing. It is worth the stop. It can also make us much more aware about the different struggles being held in our small island to preserve its nature… And who knows, it might encourage us to be more responsible towards the protection of OUR environment and develop the ‘green attitude‘.