About Green Army
Green Army is a forum for conservation and adventure activities; connecting students from school to college level. It was launched in the year 2001. Physical exercise is an essential aspect of personality development of the younger generation. Today most of our youth lead a sedentary life. Exercise is the key to achieve higher and finer objectives. Good health is the first step to strive for perfection. To overcome weakness and to acquire confidence, self-esteem and dignity, our youth should be exposed to the wonders of nature and the merits of adventure. Quality health can provide access to many other wonderful realms. Weakness manifested in fragile spirit is the root cause of selfishness and disunity among our youth today. Green Army has so far organized more than 150 treks and nature camps in various parts of south India. Camps in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Rajeev Gandhi National Park, Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary, Brahmagiri in Coorg, Bhadra Wild Life Sanctuary, B.R. Hills in Chamaraj Nagar, Muthodi in Shimoga, Dandeli Wild Life Sanctuary , Savandurga, Devarayandurga and Shivaganga hills in Tumkur, Chandragiri and Skandagiri near Chikbellapur, Siddarabette in Madhugiri Taluk, Antharaganga near Kolar, Rangaswmy hills near Kanakapura, Ramadevara betta in Ramanagaram, Ragibetta in Bennarghetta National Park etc. are ever memorable study and adventure experience for the Green Army. Green Army has also undertaken several awareness programmes like seminars, workshops, environmental education programme for school children, ecology week celebrations and tree plantations. ‘Pulse water Campaign’- house to house campaigns to prevent wastage misuse and overuse of water at households in the residential areas like Koramangala, S.G Palya, Chikkalakshmaiha Layout, Adugodi etc. attracted much media and public attention. The group has already organized several such programmes in association with various government departments like Pollution Control Board, Lake Development Authority, Bangalore Development Authority, Karnataka State Biodiversity Board, BWSSB, Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat, Karnataka Forest Department, Youth Hostels Association of India, Bangalore Photography club, Rotary Club- Jaya Nagar and NGOs like Green Peace, Teri, Centre for Environmental Education, Project Agastya etc. Over the years various Residents’ associations in Bangalore also joined Green Army to address issues in Urban Ecology such as, Water pollution and conservation, Civic hygiene and sanitation Green Army has undertaken various research projects like Lead contamination in drinking water of residential areas near drainage systems in Bangalore, Lead contamination in soft drinks and fast foods, Biodiversity study in Madiwala Lake etc. which were awarded best project awards by Centre for Ecological Studies of IISc, Bangalore and National Referral Centre for Lead Poisoning in India.In association with the environmental science students of Bangalore University and the Bio-diversity Management committee of BBMP Green Army has adopted Agara Lake and Byrasandra Lake in Bangalore for biodiversity study and rejuvenation. Tireless efforts of Green Army for the last two decades to strengthen the physical and mental health of the youth in college campuses and to orient them towards respecting and protecting the nature through various activities like adventure treks, nature camps, ecological meditations, padayatras , etc. lead to the genesis of Forest Watch.
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