Mumbaikars are passionate about Lord Ganesh & so is Yuva Ganesh Utsav Mandal (YGUM) in Navi Mumbai which judiciously uses this as a channel to create social awareness amongst the masses. Over the years, YGUM has held a mirror to society, with its tableaux reflecting current social themes such as Global Warming, Save our Tigers, Population Control and even Political Farces. YGUM have become increasingly conscious of the impact of the Ganesh Festival on the environment as it was noticed that on immersion, the Plaster of Paris (PoP) as well as the Chemical Paints used in the making of the idols were polluting the ponds, Moreover as the PoP does not dissolve easily, large and small idols surface in the waters days after the immersion. All this resulted in concerned citizens campaigning for "eco-friendly" immersions. Idols made from mud unlike POP dissolve easily, cause no harm to the environment and signify importance of mother earth in our religious beliefs. Hence, it comes no surprise as our responsibility towards society YGUM subsequently graduated towards a distinct green look, in keeping with the burning issue of our times – environment.
In our constant endeavor for a greener world YGUM initiated ECO-Friendly Lord Ganesh Idol in the year 2010 for the 1st time in Navi Mumbai marking the arrival of a responsible commitment towards society. Also to make it complete, we have even done away with using Thermacol, Plastics, POP for our decorations. We now just have a basic décor, in harmony with our traditions and the environment. With an overwhelming response from numerous devotees & significant appreciation from Civic Body YGUM has successfully created awareness among citizens of the satellite city. This has been set as a benchmark for future celebrations with similar Pomp & Gaiety.
We hereby sincerely appeal to all Ganesh Utsav Mandals to observe similar, fresh & vibrant source to celebrate our most loved festival.