Priya Shetty, 25, doesn’t remember the last time she visited the Jijamata Udyaan at Byculla. So, on World Environment Day on Sunday, Shetty decided to head for the nature trail organised in the garden rather than spend the day lazing at home.
“As a kid, I went to the zoo on school picnics to watch the animals. At that age, one is excited to see wildlife. No one is interested in tree talk,” said Shetty who works with a multinational bank.
Shetty was among the fifty who were part of the nature trail on Sunday morning. But the monsoon played spoilsport not just for the afternoon trail but also for events that were planned for environment day.
“There were just a handful of students in the afternoon for the trail because of the rain or we would surely have had a better crowd,” said the spokesperson of the zoo.
Even a clean-up drive organised along the banks of the Mithi River was cancelled. “The clean-up got washed out because of the rains. But we plan to organise the drive once schools reopen,” said Janak Daftary, convener of the Mithi Nadi Sansad.
Though outdoor events were a damp squib, indoor events had a good turn out. The day also saw the launch of a book titled ‘Green Guide for Teachers’ by the Conservation Education Centre, near Film City in Goregaon (East) along with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Environment Improvement Society and Dorabji Tata Trust.
As coffee lovers walked in at the Mocha Mojo at Bandra, they also stopped by at the eco-bazaar that sold eco-conscious brands from organic t-shirts to organic tea.