‘When the last tree is cut and the last fish killed, the last river poisoned, then you will see that you can’t eat money.’ -John May
The CLEAN-India Programme
India has a population of over one billion, of which almost 300 million live in around 600 towns and cities. Unfortunately, as a result of stressed environmental conditions, most of these towns and cities are unable to cope with the rapid pace of urbanisation. Water pollution, unavailability of drinking water, inadequate sanitation, open dumping of waste, and loss of forest cover are some of the related problems. These have serious consequences on the health of the people and are also an economic burden to the country. Similarly, water-borne disease like diarrhoea, jaundice and cholera are taking a heavy toll on both human health and economic productivity. This situation demands immediate intervention in the management of rapidly growing urban environmental problems. The quality of the environment needs to be monitored regularly and, more importantly, scientific work needs to extend beyond the laboratory and become more community centered.
While the regulatory agencies continue to play their role. Programmes that are community based are required. These will help the community understand local issues and take necessary initiatives to improve their local environmental conditions and come up with new locale-specific initatives to improve their sorrounding environmental conditions. CLEAN-India (Community Led Environment Action Network) programme was launched by Development Alternatives (DA) with the vision of developing a cleaner environment for our urban centres. This nation-wide programme focuses on environmental assessment, awareness, advocacy and action on school children who are the future citizens. The underlined realisation is that ‘each one of us is responsible for the current state of are environment and we cannot wait for someone else to solve it’.
The CLEAN-India programme aims to mobilise community responsibility for environmental assessment and improvement in all major towns and cities of India through schools and NGOs linked with governments, business, academic and other institutions.
CLEAN-India programme partners with more than 30 like-minded NGOs, 400 schools and over one million students who coordinate the activities across 78 urban centres of India. They participate in various environmental activities and programmes for a cleaner greener India.
CLEAN-India Thematic Areas
• Water quality and conservation
• Land use and biodiversity conservation
• Water conservation
• Air quality
• Energy efficiency
• Carbon footprint
• Climate change
CLEAN-India has evolved with the experiences and learnings from the various initiatives it has taken in the past fifteen years. It is now a front runner in the field of conservation and sustainable living. CLEAN-India programme evolved from DA’s experience with the Delhi Environment Action Network (DEAN) programme, which began in September1996 with five schools. Over 4000 children have now been trained directly on environmental assessment and improvement activities. Action programmes to improve local environmental conditions have been initatiated. Solid waste management, plantation drives, energy conservation, paper recycling, etc., are some activities done by the schools, Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), business and industrial associations and individual households. This experience indicates that when environment assessment is youth and community based, it mobilises the community to review their local environment conditions and take the requisite measures without waiting for external support. CLEAN-India has around 30 partner NGOs who drive the CLEAN-India initiative in their urban centres.
The endeavour has been well received in these areas. Many more NGOs from across the country have expressed interest to initiate the CLEAN-India programme in their own cities and towns. Over the past decade, the programme has mobilised an extensive network of environmentally conscious citizens. They have assumed responsibility and evolved solutions to their existing environmental problems. Besides the core network of 30 NGOs, thousands of school teachers and several other citizens’ groups like RWAs, parents fora, local business associations and youth clubs participate actively in the activities. The programme covers various aspects pertaining to our environment like water, air, trees and medicinal plants, waste management (composting, waste paper recycling), checking for food adulteration, bird watching, energy conservation, eco-consumerism.
The CLEAN-India Programme is:
Unique – because it involves children and yougth, the future citizens as engines of change Scientific – as it is equipped with scientific tools, methods and techniques Innovative – as it has a structured framework with flexibility to address the local needs Inclusive – as it joins hands with all stakeholders
Holistic – as it addresses the entire value chain from assessment to solutions Regular – in creating an environmental movement combining hands-on scientific learning with civic action Effective – because it creates Eco-Citizens for tomorrow… Recognising the potential of the CLEAN-India Programme, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Development Alternatives to mutually assist and strengthen existing initiatives of community based environmental action in India. This collaboration was aimed at mobilising the school network for continuous monitoring of environmental quality and motivating communities to initiate activities for clean neighbourhoods.
Similarly, CLEAN-India is partnering relationships with business and industry associations and entities like the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), FORD Motors and also with academic institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
• Jal-TARA Water Testing Kit helps monitor the quality of drinking water. • Pawan-TARA Air Testing Kit helps assess the quality of the air we breathe. • Jal-TARA Water Filter provides safe drinking water by treating pathogenic bacteria and turbidity. • TARA Mini Paper Recycling Plant recycles waste paper generated in schools and communities which enable us to make our own stationary.
• CLEAN Dindigul recieved the JCB Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)-Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) second runner up award for excellence in solid waste management in 2011. • CLEAN-India website won the Manthan-AIF Award for best e-content on environment in 2006. • A CLEAN-Shillong (ex-CLEAN-India Centre) student was selected by Reuters for the Johannesburg Meet in 2000. • The first DEAN – CLEAN Mela was held in 1998 and included an exhibition, competitions, quiz and a public forum
• CLEAN-India students participated in international conferences in Edinburgh, UK and Nairobi, Kenya in 1997 and 1998.
• Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Britain interacted with a CLEAN-India student in Edinburgh, UK in 1997.
• DA was nominated as the focal agency for ‘Earth Charter for Children’, South Asia. Few of our Resource Centres have helped us translate it into 6 regional languages also. We have released posters, brochures and one book on all the languages in ninth CLEAN-India Meet in 1995.
• Tree helpline started by Delhi Government. PIL in Supreme Court for protection of greens / trees.
• A number of projects have been catalysed with agencies such as UNICEF, Water Aid, Department of Science and Technology, MoEF and Delhi Government.
• CLEAN-India is a part of an International Youth Alliance ‘Be the Solution’.
Support for CLEAN-India
• European Commission
• Delhi Government
• Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India
• Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India
• State Governments
• Central Pollution Control Board
• Respective State Pollution Control Boards
• Royal Netherlands Embassy
• Foundation Ensemble
• Ford Motors
• Jocknick Foundation
• A Solid Waste Management Plan for Jhansi is being developed in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Jhansi and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board.
• Ten deflouridation filters were provided by the manufacturer and 70 filters have been set up with the initiative of CLEAN members by Rural Water Supply Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
• CLEAN-India Delhi Chapter initiated and facilitated in setting up of a tree helpline.
• CLEAN-India Mysore Chapter has networked with Mysore City Corporation for solid waste management. They have also networked with a womens’ Self Help Group (SHG), to convert all election campaign material into mats and other decorative items.
• CLEAN-India Pune Chapter was successful in the Eco-visarjan campaign. The authorities banned the use of idols made of plaster of paris painted with toxic colours. Unbaked clay idols were made available and proper arrangements were made for immersions.
• CLEAN-India Dindigul Chapter has set up a residual recycling plant in tanneries as an outcome result of a campaign by school students.
Harnessing Youth Power – Way Ahead
Young people constitute a large part of the world’s population. India has the largest youth population in the world. Nearly 40 per cent of the Indian population is aged between 13 to 35 years, and are defined as youth in the National Youth Policy.
A large population, especially young people and children, are particularly vulnerable to environmental risks, for example, access to clean and safe drinking water. In addition, young people will have to live with the consequences of current environmental actions and decisions taken by their elders. Future generations will also be affected by these decisions and the extent to which they have been addressed. Their concerns would be on depletion of resources, the loss of biodiversity, and radioactive wastes.
Youth have both special concerns and special responsibilities in relation to the environment. Young people will engage in new forms of action and activism that will generate effective responses to environmental challenges. CLEAN-India will now focus on youth and provide them with an opportunity to associate with it. It will direct their efforts towards eliciting a positive change in urban society.
In the past 16 years of its existence, CLEAN-India has traversed a long way in pursuit of its mission to mobilise community responsibility for environmental assessment and improvement, which has also earned it numerous laurels from both within as well as beyond its shores. But a greater opportunity of work and engagement still awaits our footsteps and we are committed to take it further in the days to come!
Clean India has become the mission of every native Indian or anyone living here. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Shri Narendra Modi Ji, our prime minister, has greatly influenced everyone so much so that everywhere we see people taking the broom in their hands and sweeping off their streets and roads. In fact, many speeches on Clean India campaign have been delivered by many public personalities in order to raise the consciousness of people. We have also covered both short speech on Clean India as well as long speech on Clean India to assist you in preparing impressive briefs on this subject and help you in your assignments, if any, whether it’s about addressing a group of people or covering your school or college assignment on this topic. You can definitely use them as a good reference point and gain more awareness on the subject.
Long and Short Clean India Speech
Speech on Clean India 1
Honorary Judges, Respected Principal, Vice Principal, Teachers and My Dear Students – Warm Greetings to all of you!
It gives me a great pleasure to host today’s event on Clean India Campaign amidst the presence of our most prestigious judges who are chief advisories in the Environment Ministry of India. I hope our efforts in the cleaning and maintenance of our school premises as well as infrastructure would be able to impress our judges and earn a few words of appreciation. Besides, I would also like to deliver a short speech on Clean India Campaign or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in order that more and more people become aware of it and start observing cleanliness in his/her surroundings and also encourage others to do the same.
Clean India Campaign or what has become the catch phrase for all, i.e. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, is one of the most awarded projects kick started by the Prime Minister of India – Shri Narendra Modi Ji. It was on 2nd October, i.e. the day of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, in the year 2014 that he made an official announcement of this special campaign. This is indeed one-of-its-kind campaign which drew attention of millions of people and received recognition at a national level. The driving aim behind this campaign was of course to make every region of India, be it rural or urban, Open Defecation Free. Besides this, the aim of this prestigious campaign was to encourage the habit of cleanliness and maintenance of hygiene at all public and private places – whether its streets, roads, offices, homes or public infrastructure across the country. The best aspect of this campaign is to lay stress on cleanliness and the building of public toilets in all colleges, schools as well as public places.
One of the stark differences, which I am sure everyone realizes, is the level of cleanliness between India and other western nations. Do we not wonder at times why their cities remain so sparkling clean and well-maintained? Of course, we need to learn a lot from them and embark on the same path if we want our country to be counted amongst the developed nations in the world.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is needless to say one of the biggest sanitation and cleanliness campaigns being run on a national scale and one of the best parts worth sharing is that over three million public personnel, including school as well as college students came forward to become a part of this campaign. The chief goal of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is to clean our country’s 4,041 towns and cities with a budget of 1.96 lakh crore, which nearly comes down to $31 billion.
The best part of this campaign is that no sector has remained untouched of its influence and even the Indian film entertainment industry has begun to take this project quite seriously. In fact, one blockbuster movie has been made on this subject called “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” starring Bhumi Pednekar and Akshay Kumar. The movie, as can be inferred from the title, suggests the problems faced by women living in the rural region of India, who have no choice but to defecate in the open and the compelling situation of building more toilets in the rural regions of India. It is really nice to see the cleanliness campaign gaining huge momentum amongst the people and bringing in a sweeping change in our society for good.
That’s all I have to say!
Speech on Clean India 2
Dear Society Members and My Loving Children – Warm Good Evening to all of you!
I am extremely apologetic in case inconvenience is caused to you for making your presence here on such a short notice. Actually, I wanted to organize this gathering some days after, but it is due to the Cleanliness Campaign organized by our neighboring societies that I had no choice, but to call for this meeting so urgently. The reason why I also invited children in today’s meeting is because of the fact that children are seen as the active member of this campaign and their level of excitement as well as dedication is unmatchable.
So I would request everyone to join hands together and become part of this campaign where each one of us would be doing our bit in order to make this campaign a great success by wiping out all the debris and waste from our living surroundings. But before I take your thoughts on the same and invite suggestions on how we can proceed, please allow me to deliver a succinct speech on Clean India Campaign, which has gained huge impetus nationwide.
Even though it was not for the first time that our Indian Government brought Clean India campaign to people’s attention, but this present one kick started by Narendra Modi Ji has managed to capture the attention of the people from across the country. But prior to this, it was in the year 1999 that the Indian Government launched the campaign called “Total Sanitation”, which was afterwards renamed as “Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan” by the former Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh Ji. But this time, under the tutelage of Narendra Modi this campaign has become a national priority. It was quite unbelievable for the people to imagine a prime minister to make such an unexpected move and give so much importance to such a petite subject as one may consider the issue of cleanliness.
Actually, with no offense to anyone, it has been observed that not many people in India observe cleanliness. We have become used to living in a disorderly state or else we choose to overlook it and pay no attention to it. In such a situation, people end up doing nothing, but blaming the government or public officials for the unavailability or the poor maintenance of the infrastructure. But PM Narendra Modi managed to awake the consciousness of people towards cleanliness and health hygiene so much so the people got encouraged to become an active part of this Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. In fact, many pictures that went viral on social media platforms showed PM Modi Ji himself taking the broom in his hands and cleaning the road. Some may consider it as political stunt or marketing strategy, but what he did is really commendable and worth taking an inspiration from.
So I sincerely hope that we will also become a part of the campaign run by our neighboring societies and show our active participation.
Speech on Clean India 3
Esteemed Guests of Honor and Respected Audience – Warm Greetings to all of you and I welcome you all to the Clean India Awareness Camp! Thanks for coming in large numbers and making this awareness camp a success.
Since our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is laying a lot of emphasis on cleanliness and maintenance of health hygiene, it has taken our country by storm where every person next door is now getting conscious of the maintenance of cleanliness and sanitation. In fact, his campaign called Swachh Bharat Abhiyan invites the active participation of every Indian towards ensuring the success of this campaign. However, no such campaign can turn out to be fruitful until and unless the mindset of the people changes and they feel the need for ensuring cleanliness from within their own conscience. Thus, it is very important to change the ‘Chalta hai’ attitude of the people because this change cannot come by force and people should willingly step forward towards ensuring cleanliness and health hygiene.
Generally, people keep their houses clean and when it comes to ensuring their surroundings clean, such as parks, streets, roads, etc their attitude turns reckless and then nobody cares because everyone wants to leave the responsibility on the government and its officials for ensuring well-maintained streets, roads as well as public infrastructure. This attitude needs to change as people themselves throw waste and make their surroundings unclean then blame government for lack of action and ineptitude.
It is important to make people aware about its importance, but more than that awareness should translate into actions. Since our government has already taken this initiative, it will definitely bring people to action and make them conscious towards maintaining cleanliness and health hygiene. Other than this, our government can also launch a separate drive for cleanliness awareness so that the number of people working for this campaign can grow. Eventually, such initiatives will not only change people’s ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude, but will also ascertain their participation.
In fact, this drive of maintaining cleanliness and hygiene was very much there even before India gained Independence and many great Indian leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi dwelt on observing good habits as well as cleanliness in order to foster positive attitude amongst the people. As it is said that cleanliness is next to godliness, we should never ever let our surroundings to remain unclean otherwise it will affect our character and behavior. In many countries, throwing garbage or spitting on the road is considered a serious offence, but in our country we see almost every other passerby spitting tobacco or other things on the road. Is this a mark of the civilized society? Of course not, right!
So, why do we not take concrete measures and strictly prohibit not only others but ourselves of not throwing waste in our surroundings. I hope other than Swachh Bharat Abhiyan; our campaign too will bring a considerable change in our society for good and encourage people to maintain cleanliness all around.
Speech on Clean India 4
Dear Organization Members and Respected Audience – Warm Greetings to all of you! I hope everyone present here is happy and in the best of spirit!
As a part of this Swachh Noida Samiti, I feel extremely elated to see people in large numbers willing to become a part of our group and work towards the betterment of our society. And, nothing could be more special than getting to host this prestigious event of today on having successfully completing the 25 Swachh Noida Samiti Abhiyan and bringing more and more people onboard.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity in order to speak about what Narendra Modi, our Indian Prime Minister, has achieved so far through his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He kick started this nation-wide campaign in the year 2014 dated 2nd October. The date, as we all know, marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It was a great initiative undertaken by him and the day he chose to introduce this program to his people could not be more apt. His chief aim behind introducing this campaign was to make available basic sanitation facilities to those families living in remote areas or rural regions. Thus, it includes building of toilets as well as liquid and solid waste disposal systems, including ensuring cleanliness in village along with the purified and adequate drinking water facility. The Prime Minister looks forward to achieving this aim by 2019 and thus in this way wishes to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, i.e. Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
Mr. Narendra Modi said in one of his speeches that this mission is far above and beyond politics and is inspired by patriotism or deep love for his country. He also urged his countrymen to take the oath saying “na main gandagi karoonga, na main gandagi karne doonga” (I shall not litter and wouldn’t allow others to do the same). In addition, he also became a part of one walkathon in order to further promote his SwachhBharat Campaign. In his speech, he also mentioned that it is not a mere slogan, but everyone’s responsibility to free his/her motherland from the unnecessary weight of garbage and unwanted articles. This made people recall Gandhi ji’s idea of cleanliness and link this present campaign with Gandhi’s mission of maintaining both personal as well as public hygiene.
According to Gandhi ji, “As long as you do not take the broom and the bucket in your hands, you cannot make your towns and cities clean.” Thus, as the natives of our country, it becomes our own responsibility of ensuring cleanliness in our surroundings. We should not simply leave the accountability on the government personnel, local community or NGOs for that matter. It calls for a collective responsibility of everyone in order to realize the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and give utmost protection to our environment before the situation goes completely out of control.
This is all I can say for now and let me invite on stage my co-host for today and request him to say a few words in this regard.
Slogans on Clean India
Essay on Cleanliness
Cleanliness is next to Godliness
Essay on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan