Did We Just Kill Bangalore?


By now, you’ve probably seen the new research data doing the rounds of the internet, which shows the effects of our fast evolving lifestyle on the environment. If you haven’t, here’s a quick recap.

Yes, we all believed that the real effects of global warming would actually appear after decades. Amidst all this talk of global warming and what we are doing to our ecological balance, did we realize that Bangalore, one of the most popular metropolitan cities of India, is set to become India’s first dead city, and that residents may have to be completely evacuated in the next ten years?

If you’re a resident, you’ve probably seen these red danger zones all around you, in the form of tall and swanky residences and the many glitzy malls and office complexes. Here’s a look at how Bangalore’s green areas have been taken over by concrete creations (the reds in the images).

bangalore green cover

Looks scary, right?

As of 2014, there were about 14,78,500 trees in Bangalore, for a population of 95 lakh. And why is it not such a good thing? Here’s why:

Having 14,78,500 trees for 95 lakh humans means that 7 people have to share the benefits from 1 tree. On a daily basis, one person exhales about 540 to 900 gm of carbon dioxide and requires at least 8 trees to get the amount of oxygen needed to breathe. But when you have 7 people trying to squeeze out oxygen from just 1 tree – what are the chances?

In the year 2000, the Agara-Bellandur wetland was a huge waterbody, which, by the year 2015, has been taken over by concrete invasion to create residential complexes, commercial buildings, a hotel, mall and parking lot. Wetlands are a natural way to prevent flooding and also provide groundwater to citizens.

bangalore wetlands

Maybe all is not lost yet. A great way to bring back the green reserves is to start planting more trees, throw out our waste in a little more segregated manner, try and conserve water and electricity and find more and more ways to reuse. So which of the methods do you want to start immediately to save the planet?

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