Vrindavan, 2019.06.05 (VT): World Environment Day related events were organized by several charitable and religious organizations across Vrindavan yesterday. Activities included a conclave to brainstorm solutions to local environmental issues, tree planting, and a street theatre production to raise awareness about the harm caused by plastic.
The conclave on environmental issues was organized by Shri Jagannath Poddar, Director of Friends of Vrindavan and Managing Editor of Vrindavan Today. The conclave was attended by local leaders and temple Goswamis including Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami, Tamal Krishna Das, Rajat Sharma, Sudhir Shukla, Chanchal Sharma, Gopeshwar Chaturvedi and Ram Krishna Tripathi.
Despite the heat, many concerned residents attended the conclave, which was open to all. The main concern that the local leaders raised is the use of ‘burst boring’, which threatens the groundwater supplies by mixing wastewater with groundwater.
Shri Poddar said, “We chose to hold this the conclave on World Environment Day, in honour of the occasion. We hold a conclave each month, covering different topics of local interest and concern.”
Tree plantations were also conducted by the Akhil Bharatiya Mahila Parishad and Vrindavan Bal Vikas Manch. Mercifully there were a few drops of rain today, which may increase the chances of the trees surviving being planted in the middle of the hot dry summer.
In an attempt to motivate people to give up excessive use of plastic and protect the Yamuna and Ganga, a troupe of 7 foreign devotees performed a street drama at the Municipal Crossroads.
World Environment Day was started by a UN conference on the environment, held from 5th June to 16th June 1972. At the conference, 5th June was designated as Environment Day. From this time, the occasion began to be observed throughout the world.