Whenever we go out into the forest areas surrounding Bengaluru, especially around the Kaveri banks, we see Nature’s beauty spoilt by the unthinking trippers who leave so much of trash behind them, unmindful of what it is doing to the environment. Most of us delicately pick our way through the waste, complain bitterly,and come back resolving not to go to that particular spot again.
But not all of us do that. Some are concerned enough about the damage to the surroundings to do something about it. Some people form NGO’s and try to approach the problem from different angles.And some people, like Clean and Green, just band together as a group of volunteers, and decide that they will just clean up as much plastic as they can, when they can.
Clean and Green is just a band of volunteers, says Sandeep Chakraborti, who conceived of this idea some time ago, in the course of the angling/trekking/camping trips he organizes with his organization, Outrigor. Along with Roopa Shankaran, they have been getting together small bands of volunteers to pick up plastic trash at various places, like Sangama, Muthathi, etc. Jungle Lodges and Resorts has been very supportive of this initiative in terms of providing a place for the volunteers to rest after their labours, and provides a simple lunch to the volunteers.
But this time, Clean and Green’s hands were strengthened by Oracle, the software giant.
Oracle has the Global Volunteer Days initiative across the world every year, as part of their commitment to contribute something to the upkeep of the environment. Last year the volunteers in Bangalore had taken some underprivileged children to a resort and spent the day with them.
This year, they decided that through the NGO, Nisarga, they would work alongside Clean and Green to clean up the area around the Kaveri near Muthathi.