Lalbagh: from a ‘garbage show’ to a cleaner flower show
For the past three years the YDP-B (Youth Development Program– Bangalore), a program of FSL-India, has been committed in cleaning Lalbagh, the immense botanical garden very loved by all Bangalore citizens. During the flower show which took place in the occasion of the Independence day, Lalbagh attracts lakhs of visitors and is filled with colors, curious faces, families, children, fruit and ice-cream vendors: a traditional and important ritual for the whole city.
The massive presence of crowd in that day generates more garbage in the park: empty plastic bottles, used dishes, banana peels, cups, napkins, paper lying next to the yellow flower s and the red roses.
On the 15th and 16th of August, more than 40 volunteers from the YDP, in collaboration with SAAHAS, ‘zero waste’ solutions, were engaged in spreading awareness about waste management, approaching directly to families, youths, children asking them to use the dustbins, to respect the nature they were enjoying, and there were many of them interested to take part in our cleaning activity so we also given gloves and bags to the public to join in our cleaning campaigns
More than 700 people, from 5 years old children to elder people, were actively committed to our cause, and helped in picking up only dry waste (paper and plastic) from the ground, waste that will be recycled by SAAHAS.
7000 liters of trash have been raised from the lawns and the streets of Lalbagh and thousands of people heard our message: use dustbins, don’t litter, segregate the garbage, recycle and don’t waste…
Don’t be a waste fellow if you want a better, cleaner and happier India!