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Feb 08

Green Games initiative gets underway as part of CYG Pune 2008
With increasing environmental concerns across the globe and the need to make the public aware of ways to protect and preserve the environment, the Green Games initiative was launched as a part of the Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008.

An MOU was signed with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on 22nd October 2007 for minimizing the environmental impact of the games and raise awareness on the importance of environmental care and responsible management of natural resources. Waste management, anti-litter campaign, sustainable transport, no plastic at event site, tree plantation and public awareness and mobilization programme are going to be the key focus areas of the Green Games initiative. Youth from various NGOs across the city will also be a part of these projects.

Various innovative and effective exercises will be undertaken at the Games venue itself - rain water harvesting, recyclable sewage treatment plant, solar based street lighting and heating facilities are just a few of them.

What better way to rope in the youth of the city for the Green Games initiative, than to involve the schools of Pune itself. Environmental Awareness in Schools is one of the Green Game initiatives that was launched on 22nd February with a prime objective to enhance the existing environmental awareness programs. With around 50 schools of Pune participating in this endeavour, extensive environmental programs will be conducted with a special environmental audit at each of the schools. Moreover, the best school will be awarded the “CYG Pune 2008 Green School Award”. The MBBS students from the Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Community Medicine have shown a lot of enthusiasm by coming forward as volunteers for the program.

Going a step further in reaching out with the Green Games initiative, a special awareness programme was started on 7th March for 40 selected colleges and 10 top IT companies for E-waste management. Innovative tools of communication like street-plays, collage display on streets, leaflet distribution, screen display presentation and much more will be used to send the message across. The launch of the program was inaugurated by Ms Alka Lamba, President, Indian Youth Congress. The special guests for the occasion were Mr Anil Ojha, Manager AQM Cell, PMC and Mr Sanjay Gandhi, CEO, Jetkings. The entire programme will be conducted using young volunteers between the age group of 18 to 25 from various NGOs in Pune.

Various other innovative ways are being planned to spread the Green Games spirit in the city. Concepts like “ride and return cycle” and “a car-free day” are sure to capture the interest of Puneites and propel them to become a part of the initiative.

So……its time to Go Green with the Green Games!
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