Slew of programmes held in Bangalore to mark the occasion

A slew of programmes were held in the Garden City to mark World Environment Day on Tuesday. While academic institutions held special programmes to instil environmental consciousness among the younger generation, employees of various firms participated in programmes held as part of the firms' corporate social responsibility.

At the Institute of Woods Science and Technology, staff members, led by director S.C. Joshi, collected plastic and other waste on the campus.

Educating the audience on waste disposal and segregation, activist Meenakshi Bharath provided employees a road map to lead a greener lifestyle. The Indian Army organised a massive drive and planted over 2,500 saplings, in association with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. and non-governmental organisation Tree for Free. NCC cadets and students of Army Public School participated in the programme.

Malls were not to be left behind. While the tall glass structures symbolise anything but a ‘green' quotient, at several malls, storeowners and management appeared to be eager to go green.

At Forum Mall, employees took the initiative to distribute 5,000 saplings to customers. Several hotels marked the day as well.

At the Lalit Ashok hotel, employees participated in a drive to clean Sankey Park.