‘Think globally and act locally’ to preserve nature was the message of Earth Day celebrations at RV Teachers’ College here on Tuesday.
“Half the problems we face today will be solved if we change our lifestyle,” said S Vijaykumar, member secretary of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).
He also noted that the ratio of man to trees is 6:1. “Twenty-five years ago, Bangalore was really the garden city with trees creating a salubrious climate. Trees act as dust traps and also dissipate sound waves, thus controlling pollution,” he explained.
Since automobiles contribute 50 per cent to pollution levels, Vijaykumar suggested lifestyle practices like carpooling and use of public transport to counter this. Another speaker V Umesh, additional secretary of KSPCB, spoke about ways to conserve energy and manage waste, towards a positive change in the environment.
Yellappa Reddy spoke about the therapeutic power of nature. The programme ended with distribution of prizes for activities preceding the day’s event.