Reloading Green is part of Volunteers for Cause, a larger network of volunteers which works for various social causes.

Saving trees one locality at a time this group of young Bengalureans is on a missionFacebook/ Reloading Green
news Enviornment Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 19:25

Trees are disappearing at an alarming rate in Bengaluru—once known as the Garden City, thanks to the utter disregard for the environment shown by the state government, civic authorities and private developers.

But a group of volunteers is doing its bit to save the environment by removing banners, bills and nails from the barks of trees.

Identifying themselves as Reloading Green, a bunch of volunteers (mostly IT professionals residing in south Bengaluru) hit the streets every weekend to clean up the trees.

“Although, we don't have a live example of trees dying due to nails pinned on them, but in the long term, it affects the health of the trees. In Chennai, it has been witnessed that some trees have died of diseases due to holes on the barks as a result of the nails,” Suren, an active member of the group, told The News Minute.

“We don't want that to happen, as it will be too late for people to wake up, with trees already being cut for various reasons or in the name of ‘development’,” Suren added.

It is illegal to stick bills on trees according to the Tree Preservation Act and Bangalore Municipal Act. 

“After removing the posters, we inform the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) and they take whatever action is necessary based on their laws,” Suren added.

“The areas are chosen by the volunteers while on their way to office, depending on where they come across a series of bills stuck to the trees,” Suren said.

Our next campaign will be carried out on the stretch between HSR Layout and Sarjapur.

Reloading Green is part of Volunteers for Cause, a larger network of volunteers which works for various social causes.  

Government Apathy

Not so long ago, in April, it was revealed how the BBMP was keen on widening Jayamahal Road, while ignoring the environmental cost (at least 112 trees to be felled) of the project and going against a Karnataka HC order passed in 2014.

Moreover, the BBMP’s two green committees responsible for monitoring the city’s tree cover and environmental cost of such projects, have remained non-existent for more than two years.

Read more: Does BBMP care about Bengaluru's trees? According to its RTI replies, not really

Before that, in March, it took a spontaneous mass movement by citizens for the state government to scrap the controversial steel flyover project.

Read: Massive win for citizen groups, Karnataka scraps Bengaluru steel flyover project