Rotary ecology carnival from tomorrow

Talks, art exhibitions, film screening and panel discussions are all part of a 45-day ecology carnival to be hosted by the Rotary Club of Bangalore, Lalbagh, from April 22 onwards.

The festival, which concludes on June 5, would be a prelude to the World Environment Day. “A big part of the initiative is for Rotary Lalbagh to create ecological awareness among the citizenry,” pointed out theatre personality Prakash Belawadi, who is playing a major role in the event.

“The event would also focus on urban afforestation, QR coding of the trees in Lalbagh and pollution-monitoring green boards, among other things. We plan to distribute air safety masks to 4,000 traffic policemen, the group most hit by air pollution,” he added.

The festival would kick-off with a panel discussion at the Bangalore International Centre on Monday, featuring experts like IISc associate professor Ashish Verma, senior architect Naresh Narasimhan and leading water expert S Vishwanath, among a host of others, with philanthropist Rohini Nilekani delivering the keynote.

The festival will launch with a tree plantation ceremony by Avani goodwill ambassador and actor Yash.

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