The city wore a ‘green' look on Saturday, with nature enthusiasts, conservationists and companies swinging into action to observe World Environment Day.
While some chose to plant saplings, others screened films or staged plays to raise environmental consciousness.
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) marked the day by planting 250 saplings in Akkamahadevi Park in Jayanagar. The event was inaugurated by Mayor S. Nataraj, who promised that no less than 5 lakh saplings would be planted across the city this year.
This was followed by a play directed by Mico Shiv Shankar titled ‘Edhu Namma Bhoomi'. Students of MES school, Sai Vidyalaya Kendra School and Surana College participated in tree-planting activities.
Even corporates marked the occasion by engaging in greening initiatives. The employees of ING Vysya Bank planted saplings at Munichinnappa Government School, Adugodi. Employees of Herbalife India, a nutrition and weight management company, planted over 100 saplings at the Yediyur Public Park. The Taj Group of hotels organised a cyclothon where around 100 employees cycled from J.C. Road to Austin Town (via Residency Road). In a similar initiative, around 115 people participated in a walkathon organised by Malathi Manipal Hospital in Jayanagar. There was also planting of saplings on the hospital premises.
At Bishop Cotton Boys School, students participated in a programme titled ‘Conserve My Campus', an educational programme by Schneider Electric Conzerv India, to sensitise over 4,400 students and 25 teachers on saving energy and preserving the environment.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation planted and distributed around 200 saplings to its employees. The corporation also announced plans of afforestation and energy and water conservation. Businessmen, sportspersons and IT professionals participated in the CII World Environment Day walkathon organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at the Kanteerva Stadium to drive home the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) slogan of the year “Many Species, One Earth and One Future”.
‘Waste' for BBMP
In a clear departure from the popular activities that marked the day, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) inaugurated an organic waste converter at Malleswaram market on Saturday.
With this, Mayor S.K. Nataraj reiterated his commitment to ensure that Bangalore lives up to its “Garden City” tag.
He also went on to plant a neem tree on the market premises. “Similar organic waste converters will be installed in markets across the city. It makes no sense to rely on the overflowing landfills. Waste must be handled and treated at source,” he said. This organic waste converter can process the market waste into manure which can be of use to farmers, he added.