Visit to Godrej Mangroves
Students of Std 4th were taken for a experiential visit on 8th July, 2017. Student’s first visit in the academic year 2017-18 was to the mangrove which is in Vikhroli, a 2000 acres of land privately owned by Godrej and which is their pet project. Ms. Priyanka Baira assisted us throughout the visit.
Some information that she shared were:
- The biggest mangrove is Sunderban which is owned by government.
- She explained that mangrove grew on marshy land, meaning of mangrove, importance of mangrove, adaptations of the mangrove to their environment.
- Mangroves have physically adapt to their leaves, their roots, and their reproductive method in order to survive. Mangrove roots grow vertically up above the soil because underground roots needs more oxygen which is lacking in this marshy land.
- There are about 16 species of mangroves. Different species grown in Vikhroli are Milkman grove- used for making medicines for treating Arthitis, Aids, Cancer it or is also used to cure cuts or wound.
- Meswak leaf and bark is used for making toothpaste. It helps the ecosystem by giving out 5% of carbon dioxide and 3% oxygen compared to others trees mangroves give out high percent of carbon dioxide and oxygen.
- Visiting the mangroves regularly helps in reducing the Asthma and other Respiratory problem.
The last part of the visit was in the observatory room where Mr Hemant Kharkanis, the chief coordinator of this programme, summed up having a quiz and informative session for the students.
Visit to Godrej mangroves in Vikhroli as part of environment week program. Students of Std 4th were taken for an awareness program on usefulness of mangroves.