Leading environment NGO in India, hosting various initiatives
The association can welcome motivated trainees. For any internship request, contact Durgesh directly, specifying your skills and the field in which you wish to do your internship.
The association is also open to any kind of volunteering, all their offers are on their website, they’ll be more than happy to welcome you.
Green Yatra: be the change, make the change
We met Durgesh Gupta in the corner of a street near the Justice Court of Mumbai. This Environment Lawyer greeted us with a smile and a handshake. We sat around a table and started the interview about one of the most beloved nonprofit Organization of India: Green Yatra, or the Green Journey.
Durgesh and Pradeep, the founders of Green Yatra, started working on their first project at their own place in 2009, with no funds, only driven by the will to make a change. It started with two people, and now the association has 40 full-time employees, 14 part-timers, 14 interns, 2000+ volunteers all across India and is funded by 200+ fortunes and prestigious companies. This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of Pradeep and Durgesh, who gives 95% of his time for the association and 5% in consulting to earn a living for his family as he refuses to make any profit on the organisation.
A Successful Start
In 2009, Durgesh and Pradeep have been struck by the environmental impact of the Ganesha festival. During this celebration, thousands of people buy idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols which are coloured with lead-based paints. Believers keep the idols for 3 to 5 days before putting them in the ocean or in nearby rivers where the plastic and all the chemicals are released and harm the marine biodiversity.
Thus, they started a campaign for this festival which presented an alternative to the harmful PoP idols by producing clay based idols and giving them for free to the citizens. Using medias and facilitators, they had a positive feedback on their campaign. The campaign rose awareness in the population.
In the wake of their success, they created the association based on their first project, Go Green Ganesha, in 2010. Having a Government’s authorization, they started selling the clay idols at a low price in order to cover the costs. The project ran until 2016 when they started to be seen as a company making profit. It was really important for Durgesh to stay non profit to the eyes of the people. They stopped selling the idols but still work to raise people’s awareness.
Educating the next generation
Then came the Go Green Kids project, focusing on the education of the younger generation. Teaching with 15 minutes documentaries all across India how to preserve resources, such as water and electricity. After some time, schools started to get more involved and pushed the project further by creating green committees. In each committee, one teacher and one student lead the efforts to make sustainable changes and give report to Green Yatra every Monday. Thanks to these committees, lots of schools banned plastics, trading their old plastic lunch boxes and bottles for sustainable alternatives.