Maybe you do your little bit for the environment every day - recycle waste, save water, keep a few potted plants on the windowsill. Or, maybe, in always-on-the-run Mumbai, you are too pressed for time to care. Today, on World Environment Day, it's either time to begin caring, or to do that little extra. Rather than playing Heal the World on the car stereo, here are three ways to go out and be part of three special events:
Cycle to work at NCPA, 8am-10am
Drive to the NCPA in the morning, park your cars and bikes and ride to work on a cycle. This event, in association with Hercules cycles, will also take in Pune and Bangalore besides Mumbai. Anupam Shrivastav, a part of the organising committee, says, "Cycles are a great alternative mode of transport. We are targeting young corporates in order to spread awareness about the advantages of cycling." He adds, "We opened for registrations a few days back and 1,500-1,700 people have registered across the three cities". There is no registration fee, and cyclists will be provided with bikes for the day, helmets and T-shirts.
Street plays at Domestic Airport, Santacruz, 11am-6pm
The Indian Drama and Entertainment Society (IDEA) is using theatre as a means to educate people about the environment. They will perform two street plays at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The plays, Ek Ho Apni Zameen and Hum Nahin Sudherenge, deal with issues like noise pollution, garbage disposal etc. "As preachy as it sounds, these issues need attention right now, before it's too late. And until people get up and start taking notice, we must keep trying to reach out" says Mujeeb Khan, who is directing both the plays.
Green exhibition at Churchgate Station, 5th-7th June, 8am-8pm
The Bombay Natural Historical Society (BNHS), in collaboration with the American Center and Western Railways is organising a three-day exhibition at Churchgate Station. "The United Nations has declared the theme of World Environment Day 2012 as Green Economy. Through this exhibition, we plan to create awareness about the importance of integrating biodiversity with businesses" says Kaustubh Bhagat, education officer, BNHS, adding "We have a number of interesting installations planned, along with workshops on gardening and recycling e-waste."