The first summit of the Behtar India Go Green City Summit kickstarted in Bengaluru this week. The Behtar India Go Green City Summit is an initiative that aims at bringing together schools, students, corporates and citizens towards discussing the problems and solutions with an aim to build a sustainable environment and future. The objective is to catalyse progressive action towards a sustainable India, a Behtar India, through work in the fields of health, environment, and hygiene.
The campaign invites schools to participate in this noble initiative and recycle maximum amount of paper. With Bengaluru being the first destination of this campaign, the top performing school Vidyashilp Academy hosted the first Behtar India Go Green City Summit by recycling as much as 21000 KGS of paper.
The event began with a Ganesh Vandana by a student from the host school, opening the stage for the anchor of the summit, Ritika Jhanji Jagtiani, to greet and welcome the audience. She then invited the principal on stage, who addressed the gathering explaining the importance of environment conservation and recycling, a goal which the school has been diligently working towards.The school has its own recycling plant where they make recycled paper and other stationery articles. A group of five students from the host school spoke about the importance of environmental conservation from the perspective of a young generations minds, urging the audience towards building a sustainable environment. A group of children then performed an “Earth song”, written and composed by the students of the host school.
The anchor took to the stage and discussed relevant problems that the city of Bengaluru faces and interacted with the students on the problems they see rising in their city, and what needs to be done to address it, thus setting the stage for the Behtar India Go Green City Summit panel discussion. The panel discussed and shared their opinions over possible solutions to the problems faced by Bengaluru and how to make the city a ‘garden city’ once again. Poonam Bir Kasturi from Daily Dump spoke about how composting needs to be done at the domestic level. Durgesh Agrahari, from Saytrees, appealed to kids about planting a sapling on their birthdays. Infosys' Suja Warrier spoke about corporates using carpools to reduce pollution. She also suggested that in addition to the 3 R's of Reuse, Reduce and Recycle, we should also add "Refuse". DHFL's Arun Sharma urged corporates, government bodies and citizens to come out in support towards conserving the environment.
The anchor then opened the floor to questions for the panellists, where students showed great curiosity and involvement in understanding the importance of a sustainable environment, which showed us the enthusiasm that the young generation possess.
A part of the summit was to highlight special innovators, where Partha Choudhry, Sr. Vice President & Business Head of Hero Cycles, spoke about the upcoming initiative towards a green environment by Hero Cycles – E-Cycles. The summit concluded with a dance performance by the students of DPS (East) with a message about environmental conservation through the elimination of plastics.
The Bengaluru summit was an insightful event, bringing together students, corporates and citizens to talk about the issues and discuss ideas to help build a sustainable environment. The impact of the summit could be gauged by the enthusiasm and dedication of the students towards understanding and acting on the most critical issue of environmental conservation.
The Behtar India Go Green City Summits has just begun and has a lot more to look forward to with the upcoming summits. Stringing together the leaders of both today and tomorrow, the initiative empowers people and organizations to act at the local level and yet make a global impact. With a fantastic start to the Behtar India Go Green City Summits in Bengaluru, we look forward to the next summit in Hyderabad.