With the growing garbage problem, traffic congestion, pollution, and fast-declining green foliage, it is high time we take steps to ‘Save Bengaluru’. On Friday, July 22, join us in our discussion on what steps we can take to Save Bengaluru, which is marching towards it death in the next five years.
The highlight of the event will be a presentation and talk by Prof. T V Ramachandra of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at IISc, on what we can do to Save Bengaluru. The session will include panel discussions, talks, and video showcasing.
Over three hours, we will be covering the different pain points the city is facing, among which waste management, environmental pollution, the sewage problem, women’s safety, and traffic are a few. We will not only examine these problems, but will also look for ways to remedy them.
Once known as the Pensioner’s Paradise and the Garden City and now as the Startup Hub, Bengaluru is slowly heading towards its death. T V Ramachandra in his paper states that the city’s once-green cover is dying. Close to 78 percent of its vegetation has declined, and close to 79 percent of its water bodies have died.
The city’s greenery is slowly turning into a concrete jungle, making it impossible to breathe fresh air. The problem isn’t just the growing real-estate and building cover — it also is the population expansion that is bringing a massive garbage problem into the city.
According to a report by The Hindu, solid waste management is a rather intractable problem. The city is generating close to 4,000 tonnes of garbage every day, close to 55 percent of which comes from households. A study by Prof. TV Ramachandra states that each citizen generates close to 580 grams of waste a day, which in fact has gone up from 160 grams in the past as a result of the changes in the amount and type of waste.
The study in fact makes a strong correlation between poor waste management and global warming. And to make matters worse, the state is also staring at a massive water crisis — the government has stated that reservoirs across Karnataka have seen a 60 percent drop in storage.
Join us in Saving Bengaluru
Date: July 22, 2016
Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Venue: YourStory Office, Bengaluru