Go green this environment day; bring back green to Bengaluru

What do you want to do this environment day? Planting a sapling? Attending a workshop? What can you do to make Bengaluru greener?

June 5th is just around the corner — it’s that time of the year when you hear the word ‘environment’ often. The World Environment Day (WED) is here again.

While the environment activists and citizens are ready to commemorate the environment day by planting saplings, cleaning the neighbourhood and by organising awareness programmes, let’s be aware that this year’s environment day is dedicated to the vulnerable wildlife population.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has designated WED 2016 as a fight against illegal trade in wildlife. Therefore, the 2016 WED theme is “Go Wild for Life – Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.” Every year one country hosts the the WED celebrations and this year the Day is celebrated in Angola.

The booming illegal trade in wildlife products worldover has pushed the United Nations dedicate the Environment Day to protect the wildlife. Unfortunately, the same week on which the wildlife themed WED is celebrated, 40 dead tiger cubs were found in a freezer at the infamous Temple Tiger in Thailand.

Wildlife crime in India

India is no exception when it comes to wildlife trafficking. The country has reported numerous instances of poaching of one horned rhinoceros, elephants, tigers and other animals.

Karnataka houses a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and has a forest area of 38,270 km constituting 20.19 % of the total geographical area of the State. The dense forests of Karnataka which come under various national park ranges such as Anshi, Bandipur, Bannerghatta, Kuduremukh and Nagarahole are the abode of elephants, leopards, tigers. Elephants were being killed rampantly at one time, but

According to the information made available by Ministry of Environment and Forest in 2013, Karnataka, which has a tiger population between 280 and 320, lost 15 tigers due to poaching between 2008 and 2013. Karnataka reported highest number of tiger poaching during that period.

On this environment day, never mind if you are unable to work for the cause of wildlife. You can do your bit towards the environment by planting saplings, creating awareness or by living an eco-friendly life throughout.

Various organisations and citizen groups have laid out plans to celebrate environment day. If you wish to be a part of any of those programmes, below is the list of environment day celebration events to be held in Bengaluru over the weekend.

Event: Karnataka State Environment Awards conferring ceremony and exhibition

Organiser: Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment. KSPCB

Date: June 5th

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

Venue: Kanteerava Indoor Stadium

Event: Tree planting drive and painting competition for children

Organiser: I Change Indira Nagar

Date: June 4th

Time: 9 am

Venue: CMG Road Park

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Event: Day long eco-workshops and sessions

Organiser: VR Green

Date: June 4th and 5th

Time: 12 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Garden City @ VR Bengaluru Atrium

Join in the fun: https://www.facebook.com/events/277985405870863/

Register for Eco-sessions here: https://goo.gl/bYK13q

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Event: Cycle ride to support go green

Organiser: GoGreen, KSPCB, Open Street, DULT

Date: June 5th

Time: 8 am to 10 am

Venue: Quality Ground, Jayanagar 4th T Block

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Event: Vruksha – Poster design competition and plastic waste structure creation

Organiser: Department of Horticulture

Date: June 5th

Time: 8 am to 1 pm

Venue: MHS, Lalbagh

*Age group: 8 to 14 years

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Event: Nature walk, tree planting, demo on composting and much more

Organiser: Residents and members of Richmond and Langford Town Welfare Association

Date: June 5th

Time: 8 am to 12 pm

Venue: Richmond Park

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Event: To connect, communicate and commemorate to save the environment

Organiser: Essence

Date: June 5th

Time: 12pm

Venue: VR Bengaluru, Whitefield

Event: Plantation drive

Organiser: Yuva Srishti

Date: June 5th

Time: 9 am to 12pm

Venue: Bangalore Dairy

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On the occasion of Environment Day, the WED Community has given 5 quick steps for you to chalk out programmes for the day. Here is how you can make it fruitful:

  • Build a team: Ask family, friends, community, colleagues, environment groups and local government bodies if they can collaborate with you to organise an event.
  • Get informed: Find out what else is happening for WED at the international, national, regional and local levels.
  • Support the theme: Figure out interesting ways to link your activity to this year’s official theme of illegal trading of wildlife.
  • Make a plan: Draw up a plan of action with a timetable for getting things done in time for June 5th. Make sure you have got permission if you are organising a public event.
  • Celebrate WED: Get visibility of your activities and attract others to join you by registering on your website.

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