Things to do today for World Environment Day

Bengaluru-based organizations working on sustainability and environment are organizing a variety of activities today to mark World Environment Day.

Solid Waste Management Round Table promotes the three R’s of waste management: reduce, reuse, recycle. They have put out a call on social media asking people to donate used electronics, books, clothes and shoes. While e-waste is sent for recycling, other items will be distributed for consumption. People can drop off their belongings at Swachagraha Kalika Kendra, HSR Layout, from 7am to 11.30am on Sundays and Wednesdays, and from 7am to 3pm the rest of the week. Contact 89513 70287

Waste management NGO Saahas is inviting people to drop off large household items such as furniture and mattresses at its waste collection center Kasa Rasa in Kasa Kendra, Koramangala Industrial Layout. They also accept used toys, books, shoes and electronic waste, said Deepti Ravi, project manager (special waste). On June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Throughout the month, you can call their helpline (85100 91213) to request collection of used items from your home, or request mass collections and repair shops from your apartment. These initiatives are part of their ongoing ‘Change Matters’ campaign.

Quizmaster Berty Ashley will test participants’ general knowledge of climate and sustainability in an online quiz open to all age groups. Bengaluru Sustainability Forum, Science Gallery Bengaluru and the National Center for Biological Sciences are organizing the event. On June 5, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Sign up at on Instagram.

Vani Murthy, a waste management enthusiast, will deliver an online talk on how to live a sustainable life. She will focus on composting, menstrual cups and eco-friendly ways of traveling. Social enterprise Hasiru Dala Innovations is hosting this session, titled ‘Living with care and respect for the planet’. June 5, 1 p.m.
Visit @hasirudalainnovations on Instagram to enter.

The Indian Ploggers Army, founded by barefoot runner G Nagaraj, invites citizens for a cleanup drive in Lalbagh. The initiative combines collecting waste while jogging, popularly called plogging. Nagaraj says, “We start from the western gate of Lalbagh and end at the Glass House within. We will also reach out to vendors outside Lalbagh and people visiting the Mango Mela and urge them to avoid using disposable items.” Volunteers are asked to bring reusable water bottles. On June 5, 8:20 am. For more information please contact 96860 95959.

During the third edition of Jacaranda Tales, 15 films about environmental issues will be shown between June 5
and 7, at Wadia Auditorium, Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavanagudi. Some films on the selection: ‘Rise: From One Island To Another’ is a poetic look at the climate crisis; ‘Slaves to Water’ is set in a village in Madagascar that has no water; ‘Chun Chun Maati’ celebrates the spirit of pastoral communities. Panel discussions on the future of Bengaluru will also be held. Full schedule on @bangalorefilmsociety on Instagram.

Fridays For Future Karnataka, a volunteer group for climate justice, is organizing a guided birdwatching walk later this week. The free event will take place on June 8 at 6:30 am at Harohalli Lake. Visitors are advised to bring their own umbrella and water bottle. For more information please contact 63608 07045.

Published June 5, 2024, 4:32 am IST