Green Bazaar 6: The ‘Nature In My Backyard’ edition, June 8th, 10 am to 7 pm, TERI lawns

The 6th edition of the Green Bazaar, the World Environment Day special, is a call to re-connect with Nature right under our noses.

What makes city people happy? Better roads and better infrastructure? Watering holes, vibrant nightlife, shining malls, movie theatres, performing art spaces, 24/7 convenience? Maybe. A recent study establishes the obvious however – what makes city people even happier is seeing un-city like things everyday – tree-lined avenues, flowers of every hue and colour, morning bird calls, natural open spaces and lots of green.

Our collective desire to inhabit cities has never been stronger. According to latest UN estimates, 3.6 billion people (just over 50% of the global population) now live in urban areas. And by 2050, this figure is projected to have risen to 6.3 billion. Which makes it very important for us to figure out who we’d like to share our city space with – teeming cheerful life in the form of insects, small mammals, trees, birds and natural ecosystems, or grey upon grey of built-up area? The wildlife around us is not just a happy bonus; from basic sustenance to health and psychological well-being, we depend on our natural ecosystems in many unseen ways.

Especially in a city like Bangalore that presents a very dynamic, ever-changing reality – the impact of urbanization cannot be more keenly felt. Once a green  haven of tree-lined avenues, sprawling lakes, gardens and open spaces, the city that has doubled its population twice in just 8 years, has its people looking everywhere for the things they once loved – green.

The 6th edition of the Green Bazaar, the World Environment Day special, is a call to re-connect with Nature right under our noses.

Embrace the creepy crawlies, hug the willows, invite the birds, plant the seeds and make some fresh air, for better cities and better living, we say! Through walks, talks, photography exhibitions, wildlife warriors meet, film screenings, and workshops, the Urban Ecology special draws attention to the many interesting ways in which we can preserve, protect and sustain nature in our backyards.

The Green  Bazaar Edition 6 features:

Earth-friendly products

Recycled/Upcycled products, energy efficiency solutions, traditional handcrafted products, Indian children’s books, handmade toys, organic food, eco-friendly home accessories and gardening tools, from brands like:

Bead, Manjari, PinkFeatherSwargOn CropWorld O CeramicaMade in Eden, DeviFoods, Porgai, Svad, Totapari Design, Silver Nut Tree, Taantraa, SpruceImpex, NirvaahaOrganic GardenFoodTribe, Anokhi Planet, Herbal StrategiBindus Herbal ProductsSweet2TalkThe Road Affair, and Soul Bakers.

The Nature special also features products that refresh forests and livelihoods in biodiversity hotspots.

Families Corner: Workshops and Talks

Topic/Speakers Timings Fee
Nature Journalling – Introducing children to the fascinating natural world, through the medium of art. Greenscraps by Shilpa and Sangeetha Kadur helps children start their own beautiful nature journals to observe life around them. For children above the age of 7. 3 PM – 5 PM  Rs. 200/- per head
Traditional Children’s Games, from Pallanguzhi to Paramapadam, marbles and more All day Free
The Giving Tree – Storytelling session by Vikram Sridhar. Open to children of all ages 11 PM to 11:30 PM Free
Interactive Theatre workshop on nature around us, by Vikram Sridhar, for children from 8 to 12 11:30 to 1 PM Free
Snakes in your backyard! – An interactive session for adults and children on identification of commonly found species of snakes, ways to keep snakes out of ones house, steps to be taken when a snake is spotted and issues related to snakebite management 4 PM to 5 PM Free
Seed ball making, by Eat Your Street All day Rs. 50/- per head
Nature Walk – by EcoEdu 9 AM to 10:30 PM and
4 PM to 5:45 PM
Rs. 100/- per head
Short films screening – Neralu will be screening short films about nature and the environment. 10 AM to 11:30 AM and
1 PM to 3 PM

Nature In My Backyard – Special Workshops


Topic/Speakers Timings Fee
Urban beekeeping workshop – Develop beekeeping as a hobby and get natural honey right in your backyard! Hivetrust has nurtured as created a vibrant network of beekeepers across India (from Jammu in the far north to Marthandam in the far south) and is expanding it into a powerful forum of diverse honey-harvesting communities & cultures in India. 11 AM to 1 PM  Free
Xeriscaping – Your guide to building, nurturing and maintaining pond containers in Bangalore, by Muddy Waters. 3 PM to 4 PM  Free
How to plant a tree – by Neralu 11 AM to 12 PM
4 PM to 5 PM

If you would like to register to attend a workshop at The Green Bazaar, click here.

We’ve also got food stalls featuring handmade delicious bakes, vegan cooking, organic Indian food, healthy snacks, and drinks.

Thaalavattam, India’s first musical project that uses recycled plastic, tin, PVC, and just about any other piece of scrap to create their music, shows you just how amazing a little effort and creativity can be. Catch them playing the from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM and get a chance to create truly sustainable music yourself!

Spend a fun, colourful, refreshing and water-conscious Sunday at The Green Bazaar on June 8th, from 10 AM to 7 PM, at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Lawns, Domlur, Bangalore – 560025.

Stay updated on all events, specials, and more, on the #NatureInMyBackyard Edition on the Green Bazaar Facebook Page.

About The Green Bazaar:  The Green Bazaar is a bi-monthly weekend market that celebrates earth-friendly living. From certified organic wholesome food and chemical-free household utilities to handmade native crafts, eco-friendly toys and recycled goodies, the fair brings under one roof, a variety of sustainable products to power everyday living. The Bazaar also features DIY workshops, a dedicated children’s corner, panel discussions and more for citizens to engage with conscious ways of living.

The Green Bazaar is brought together by The Alternative, a platform for sustainable living and social impact.


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