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Issue 10 l October 2019
Director's Corner
 "Everyone around us is different. We are different by religion, culture, language, costume and even identity. Still, when the disaster strikes, we all stand together to overcome and rise  against the challenges. To win the battle of Climate Change, we need to  fight it together and I am sure,
We Will !
- Dr. Vinitaa Apte
Founder Director, TERRE
           Common Name:

         Curry leaf tree

    Scientific name:

    Murraya koenigii

The curry tree or curry leaf tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae (the rue family, which includes rue, citrus and satinwood) and is native to India.

Uses –

  1. The fresh leaves are valued as seasoning in the cuisines of South and Southeast Asia. 
  2. They are most widely used in southern and west-coast Indian cooking, usually fried along with vegetable oil, mustard seeds and chopped onions in the first stage of the preparation.
  3. They are also used to make thorn, vada, rasam and kadhi. 
  4. In Cambodia, the leaves are roasted and used as an ingredient in a soup, maju kreung. 
  5. In Java, the leaves are often stewed to flavor gully.
  6. The oil can be extracted and used to make scented soaps. 
  7. The leaves of Murraya koenigii are also used as a herb in Ayurvedic and Siddha medicine in which they are believed to possess anti-disease properties, but there is no high-quality clinical evidence for such effects.
Issue 10 l October 2019
Roundtable Discussion for Environment Agenda
(24th September, 2019)
Maharashtra Times the leading National Media group organised a round table on the future state agenda for climate change on the backdrop of Assembly Elections. The stalwarts of environment were invited for the round table in Maharashtra Times, Pune Chapter office. 

Dr. Vinitaa Apte gave overall scenario about the policies at International level and how the coming government can work on pollution control and conservation of natural resources. She expressed her wish to have Biosphere reserve in Pune or in Maharashtra. The other participants were Suchismita Pai from ‘Swacch Sanstha’ (waste management), Shailaja Deshpande of ‘Jivit Nadi’ (River restoration), Anuj Khare of ‘Nature Walk’ (Wild Life), Rajiv Pandit of ‘Jividha’ (Geological), and Santosh Shintre of India Green Party’ seconded her opinion for Biosphere Reserve.
Maharashtra Times will present this manifesto to the ruling party as a part of the Environment Agenda.
Issue 10 l October 2019
TERRE Olympiad completed its First Round
(5th Edition, 2018-2019)
Second round coming soon !!
Registration and First Round of Exam was completed on 30th September 2019!!

5th edition of TERRE Green Olympiad, an online competition based on environmental awareness has started from 16 August 2019. Result of the first round will be declared after 15th October and winners of the first round will be communicated personally.

The result of first round will be published on the official website of TERRE Green Olympiad and TERRE Policy Centre. Date of exam for the second round will be announced in the first half of the November and exam for the shortlisted students will be conducted in the second half of the November. 

We request all the participants to stay posted on the link below for further updates:
Teachers Olympiad
(7th Edition - October, 2019)
TERRE conducted its 7th edition of Teachers Olympiad, which is an online competition scheduled every month. TERRE Policy Centre in collaboration with Earth Day Network launched this Olympiad to encourage the teachers to spread awareness about environmental issues among students. 
Winner of Teachers Olympiad - October
Ashok Kumar Kharat
Teacher @ V.V. Kanya High School

Interested teachers can register anytime for the Olympiad using the link given below:
For any queries regarding the above competition, feel free to contact us : 
Email ID:
Contact: 020-25448650
Issue 10 l October 2019


Panthera onca

The Jaguar is the largest cat species of the Americas. As a species it has a strong emblematic association to the Brazilian forests and plays an important role in conservation actions.

Because it is at the top of the food chain and requires large preserved areas to survive, this animal is both feared and admired and occupies a place in collective imagery as an indicator of the quality of the environment. The presence of these big cats in a given region is a sure sign of good environmental conditions that have ensured its survival.

Increasing alterations to the environment stemming from human activities, like deforestation, and hunting are the main causes of the reduction in numbers of Jaguar populations in Brazil.
It is essential to reduce the intensity of those threats in order to guarantee the survival of the Jaguar and the integrity of the ecosystems.

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Take notes electronically !! Thankfully, the world is now digitally focused and your studies can be, too. You’ll save money (and stop wasting paper) on purchasing notebooks and flashcards if you begin to electronically take down what you need to remember in class.
Issue 10 l October 2019
Through the Monsoon
Monsoon is the single event in India, which affects the fate of farmers, the economy, and the livelihood of people. It is the primary source of water for agriculture, household, and industrial purposes. All the social, cultural, and agricultural practices in India depend on the calendrical reliability of monsoon. A true lifeline for 2 billion people!

Each year during June-September, moisture-laden winds blow from the southwest and deliver soaking rain over the Indian subcontinent. This seasonal change in the weather was consistent for millennia. However, this regular seasonal cycle has been disturbed in recent years. What used to be a combination of good rain and sunlight is becoming a series of frequent droughts and floods.

In December 2015, Chennai had a devastating flood, and since then has not received enough rain in later monsoon years, which led the city reservoirs to run dry in the summer of 2019. In August 2018, Kerala was taken by a surprise with intense flooding and a shortage of drinking water in later months. This year, major parts of Western, Central and North-northeast India experienced torrential rains. That led to devastating floods which brought destruction to cities, and villages. Extreme weather is common during the monsoon, but in recent years these events have become more frequent, and intense.

Agricultural practice is planned according to the onset and withdrawal of monsoon. For a good harvest, sufficient rain is vital during the earlier stages of crop growth. But, the very first month of the monsoon-2019 ended with a rainfall that was 33% less than the 50-year average, although, the excess rainfall in July and August made up for this deficiency. Such dynamic nature could turn into a nightmare in the coming years if proper mitigation strategies aren’t implemented. So, what could be done to bring a good harvest in such ever-changing weather conditions? Is it time to move forward from traditional cropping practices? It is not as if everyone stopped greenhouse emissions this year, the global temperatures will go back to its normal state. Emissions from the past still linger in the atmosphere and it will continue to affect the weather for several years.

Therefore, the only viable option we have is to Adapt! 
                                                                                                    - Saurabh Kelkar
Issue 10 l October 2019
Courtesy: Dhanraj Garad

1 to 3
The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is recovering at a rate of 1 to 3 percent per decade, reversing years of dangerous depletion caused by the release of harmful chemicals.
The ‘thickness’ of Stratospheric Ozone layer is measured in?

A. Donson Units
B. Candella
C. Melson Units
D. Sieverts
If you know the answer, send us at

Last month's quiz answer -
B. Mercury and DDT
Priyanka Sinha (Standard 8),
KIIT International School
Issue 10 l October 2019

The Environment CROSSWORD

Increase your IQ and Knowledge by

solving this environmental-based
Crossword and send it to

2. The act of cutting down or burning trees in the area
4. Area of land where large amount of waste is buried
7. Something making land, sky, water dirty
8. To make less rubbish
9. To use something again


1. To treat things that have been already used for further use
3. To keep safe from injury, harm or destruction
5. A large number of water covering area that is usually dry
6. To watch and help animals or the environment
Last Crossword Answer

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Dr. Vinitaa Apte 
(Founder Director, TERRE)

Editorial Team :
Rajkumari Suryawanshi, Dinah Gengmei, Ankit Gaurav and Rahul Gurav