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Date: 21/05/2018
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Dear friends of the environment and the Oceans,

As you very well know Mumbai has been put at the center of the world environmental drive to fight marine debris and plastic pollution. This is due to the hard working Mumbai lawyer and environmental/ocean activist Afroz Shah and his Versova Residence Volunteers plus the 1000s of weekend volunteers from all walks of life. Afroz Shah has, as the only Indian, received the United Nations highest environmental award "Champion of the Earth 2016" for his and the VRVs work. The beach campaign is the world largest one and seen by the UN as model for people's involvement in caring
for nature.  Cf. attachment for list of regular participants in the beach cleaning.

Every year United Nations Environment (UNEP) selects a country for hosting the World Environment Day. This year India is hosting the World Environment Day along with UNEP. Versova Beach has been selected by UNEP, Govt. of India and Govt. of Maharashtra to be the starting point for launching the celebration of the World Environment Day. The celebration will start on 27th May, 2018 at Versova Jetty  Beach. 4000 volunteers are expected to participate.

Place: Versova Jetty Beach

Time: 27 May 2018 at 06:00 - 07:30 ( Beach Cleaning)

07:30 - 09:30 ( Felicitation and Talk program)

From 07:00 The UNEP executive director Erik Solheim, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Environment Minister Dr. Harshvardhan among others will participate in the beach cleaning.

At the last page it is mentioned requirements needed for the event. Sponsors are needed. Pls. make a contribution to the 27th May event by sending an e-mail or WhatsApp to Afroz mentioning what you and your organization want to sponsor the event with. Payments to be made directly to the Vendor
(details to be provided post approval)

Finally on a more long term basis Afroz Shah and the VRV are also appealing for support for the following activities related to the beach cleaning: 1) Toilet installation and maintenance   2) Plantation and maintaining of trees   3) Sponsoring of Beach Clean-up   4) Sponsoring of School/College Awareness Campaign   5) Sponsoring of Mind-set change - ground action at Sagar Kutir and Siddharth Nagar (for the time being)   6) Participation in Beach Clean-up/Mangrove Clean-up once in three months   7) Sports activity for the local community at Sagar Kutir Wadi   8) Deploying Dingy Boats for Creek Cleaning    9) Setting up Waste to Energy plants converting beach waste to energy pellets    10) Plastic collection and setting up Bailing Centres   11) Running of ground action programmes

More information on these areas of practical support is available by contacting Afroz Shah on the contact addresses given below.


LLM (Gold Medallist),

Counsel, Bombay High Court.

Champion of Earth, United Nations.

Indian of the year, Public Service, CNN News 18.

On the behalf of Afroz Shah and the VRVs the Norwegian Consulate General hope to see as many of you, as part of your organization or as individuals, at the Versova Jetty Beach on Sunday the 27th May. What is happening in Mumbai on the environmental front is history in its making!!  Please feel free to forward this invitation as widely as possible.

Best regards

Ann Ollestad

Consul General of Norway


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