Make Bengaluru Green Again
Make Bengaluru Green Again
Karnataka's carbon dioxide emissions account for around 4% of the country's total.
According to the Bangalore Climate Change Initiative, BCCI-K, the temperature in Bengaluru Urban District would rise by roughly 2° C between 2021 and 2050, compared to 1961-1990. Aside from the well-known effects of heat on the human body, such as heat stroke and mental weariness, chronic exposure to heat can lead to serious health problems such as cardiovascular and respiratory disorders.
By providing shade and evapotranspiration, trees and plants reduce surface and air temperatures, nature helps us humans in more than one ways but,
Between 1973 and 2020, the number of green spaces in Bengaluru has decreased by 95 percent.
Go Green! Can you imagine that this slogan had once been completely out of place in a region that had steadfastly chosen to ‘Stay Green' for decades?
Bengaluru's vegetation cover has fallen to less than 3% in multiple growth hubs.
The Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) has an excuse for chopping down thousands of trees: road widening. Is current and expected traffic data on the established routes, however, sufficient to validate a strategy that caters primarily to private traffic? Doesn't this go against a proposal to eliminate private transportation and increase public transportation?
Over 64,000 residential communities in the city do not have rainwater gathering systems and do not comply with other rules and regulations set by KSPCB.
Currently, infrastructure is governed by separate environmental and municipal legislation. At each level of infrastructure construction, environmental standards are not taken into account. Prior to the approval of a construction proposal, for example, permission from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is required. During the construction of a structure, there are frequently deviations from the design, which can have a significant environmental impact. But who is in charge of keeping an eye on it?
But, before we get into those important questions, consider what a recent study discovered about Bengaluru's once-green past: In Bengaluru South Region (BSR), built-up areas, both residential and industrial, have reduced vegetation cover from 73% percent in 1973 to just 2.66 percent in 2017. Also, Bangalore is running dry and it is a reality. Imagine the number of children that might be facing Nature-Deficit Disorder because of lack of trees. It doesn't have to be this way. We respectfully urge concerned authorities to take action in order to bring back the "Nature" element to the "Garden" City of India.
Compliance with environmental standards becomes difficult without the integration of environmental rules at each level. Bengaluru is at a critical juncture due to urban expansion and fast expansion. The city must make crucial regulatory decisions concerning the environment and urban government to guarantee holistic growth.
Many policy changes have been successful when we as citizens come together, and this is one such petition whose effects may be seen even after 100 years. Please sign the petition and join us in this effort to provide future generations with a better living environment. Many significant changes can happen when we come together. We are running out of time!
Let us work together to restore Bangalore's reputation as a garden city.
Act before it is too late!