Pune had its first real brush with the ‘Monsoons’ last evening. The scorching summers finally decided to pave way for the welcome breeze that came along with the dark hovering clouds. In a way it was befitting to the day that was to follow. The World Environment Day was just around the corner and there could have not been a better time for the rains to make its grand entrance.
The World Environment Day was just around the corner and there could have not been a better time for the rains to make its grand entrance.
World Environment Day is an intervention for us to help save our Earth. The planet is already reeling under with its famishing resources, already depleted ozone layer, global warming and diminishing species of its inhabitants. It needs every helping hand from the citizens all over the world to help save it and revive it from its ailing state. The languishing summers in Pune this year have been a hinter enough for us that our city is no longer unaffected to the global plight.
The theme for this year’s celebrations “Think. Eat. Save.” is aimed at lowering both the food-print and the carbon footprint around the world.
The theme for this year’s celebrations “Think. Eat. Save.” is aimed at lowering both the food-print and the carbon footprint around the world. With the huge diversities among the lifestyles prevailing among the different cultures, this year the focus is on curtailing the food wastage around the world. We Indians are already imbibed with in our culture to not waste food on our plates. But, somewhere in the larger picture, on lavish weddings, on birthday celebrations and in our night parties, we do forget this important lesson. Food becomes a casualty and we tend to forget on the hungry mouths that are starving around the world. maybe, this is the impetus we all need to do our bit in adding up food resources around the world.
There was a sense of irony as the rains lashed on the city last evening. The hoardings uprooted themselves in the welcome, the trees waved a Mexican wave and some caved in the euphoria and kissed the pavements. Even a day after on the World Environment Day, the fallen trees on Pune roads are still laying still. There has been no rush by the government to salvage as many trees as they can. I didn’t see any single citizen with a sapling in his hand nor did I see them stop and stare at the plight as they rushed to their Tuesday office. We do make a fuss when the trees fall on our vehicles but how many of us take the initiative to plant them year round? They are what make the Pune boulevards perfect for strolls, often lend us shade when we stop at the red lights on our bikes.
Maybe more of us would come forward in keeping the city green and among the best the country has. Let’s pledge to do our bit for the environment and for Pune today.