How to “Beat plastic pollution?” Bengaluru gynaecologists show the way!

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It was either steel, glass or melamine-coated plates, spoons, etc., at the 5-day CME meet held in Bengaluru recently.

Three hundred-plus doctors out on a 5-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) meet took up the challenge to make the conference completely eco-friendly. Here’s how.

There were many questions in the beginning though. The ones that nagged the most were: Is it really possible to have an eco-friendly conference? Will it be feasible? Will we be able to ensure a meet which is smart and clean? And will it be pocket-friendly as much as it is eco-friendly? Continue reading “How to “Beat plastic pollution?” Bengaluru gynaecologists show the way!”

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HSR activists turn night-time vigilante groups to stop garbage dumping

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Concerned citizens busy keeping a tight vigil at night in HSR Layout to prevent irresponsible people from dumping mixed waste in street corners indiscriminately at odd hours.

This used to be a common sight in HSR: BBMP workers standing in knee-deep mixed waste and loading the autos even as they segregated and picked up anything recyclable. These workers’ hands and feet would often be cut by glass shards, infected by hazardous waste. This would force them to skip work often. Mounds of mixed waste filled the landfills day after day, contaminating the soil and affecting the lives of the people living nearby. Empathy towards these people brought together volunteers with a common purpose: to reduce our waste going for landfilling. Ward 174 (HSR) and Ward 173 (Jakkasandra) having active volunteer groups showed to the rest of Bangalore that with citizen participation, we can achieve the impossible. Continue reading “HSR activists turn night-time vigilante groups to stop garbage dumping”