PUNE: On the occasion of World Environment Day which was celebrated on June 5, various city-based organisations and citizen groups conducted programmes to spread awareness about conserving the environment. Sakal Times takes a look at few of the initiatives held in the city on Monday.
Environment Day celebrations at Pune’s first Ecotel Hotel
Going beyond the ordinary, World Environment Day was celebrated at The Orchid Hotel Pune by planting 100 saplings in and around the vast area of the only certified Ecotel in Pune.
The entire team of Orchid was a part of this drive, which was spearheaded by Rajesh Kumar Gupta, the General Manager. The team put in efforts and created some inspiring environment awareness related placards, which they held during the environment walk of seven kilometres from the Orchid Hotel to NIA, covering Balewadi High Street and Balewadi Chowk. During the walk, they also created awareness among the people and took a step ahead by helping clean the roads, including corporate and residential areas.
Officials said that the hotel has made changes in its architecture by putting up double glazed glasses that keep the sun’s heat out and reduce the AC energy consumption, they have implemented an ingenious way to conserve energy. “Installing CFL lights and making optimum use of natural light in property spaces such as the boulevard, has contributed towards lesser electricity consumption,” said Gupta.
PLANTATION DRIVE BY GG FOUNDATION
On the occasion of World Environmental Day on June 5, Goel Ganga Foundation undertook a plantation drive of 500 saplings in Wanawadi area, starting from Ganga Satellite society. A pledge to protect and promote various environmental initiatives like rainwater harvesting, garbage management and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was undertaken.
Present on the occasion were CEO Cantonment Board DN Yadav, trustees of the Foundation Jayprakash Goel and Geeta Goel, Amit Goel and many enthusiastic nature lovers.
“Increasing pollution has made people realise the importance of environment protection. Planting trees are essential, however, it is more important to conserve the planted trees. The love for the environment should not be restricted to the specific dates but should be a continuous process,” said Yadav.
MAX FASHION PLANTS SAPLINGS AS A PART OF ‘GO GREEN’ INITIATIVE
This year, Max Fashion did its bit to connect with nature. As a part of its ‘Go Green’ initiative, Max went along with their customers and planted saplings at Raje Chatrapati Shivaji Garden, Wadgaonsheri.
Sources said that ‘Plant a Tree, Plant a New Life’ is the sole objective towards healing Mother Nature. They added that Max Fashion aims at democratising fashion for the youths and the generations to come. Similarly, through their ‘Go Green’ initiative, Max wants to make everyone realise that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to lessen the effects of global climate change.
ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY BIO-DEGRADABLE GIFT CARDS
Axis Bank has launched a biodegradable card, thereby offering its customers a simple way of contributing towards environment-friendly payment solutions. These cards will soon be available on select gift card products and will be acceptable at all domestic merchant outlets and online portals. In-line with the government’s vision of promoting a ‘less-cash’ economy, these cards offer customers an electronic option for gifting near and dear ones, besides also being used as a reward tool for corporates
Bio-degradable plastic cards look and feel like the usual payment cards but have a positive impact on the environment.
THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIES PLANTATION DRIVE
On the occasion of World Environment Day, employees of the garden department, along with officials of thyssenkrupp Industries planted traditional Indian medicinal plants such as Arjun, Ashwagandha, Vekhand, Pashanbhedu, Chitrakut, Shatawari, Nirguda and various other samplings.
At this event, Suhas Talathi, Head of manufacturing, Rajendra Nageshkar, Head personnel and HRD, Anil Godse, Union President, and union members Nitin Chavhan and Uday Shinde planted the saplings.