On June 5, India has become the headquarters of the International Environment Day, an event that we take the opportunity to review the most exemplary acts of a country that, despite the clichés and prejudices raised, becomes an inspiration in terms “green”.

In 2018, the slogan of the UN Environment will be “For a world without pollution by plastics”, a mantra found at the headquarters for the International Environment Day , India, the perfect ambassador when it comes to raising the awareness of the rest of the planet of reducing the consumption of a plastic that, day after day, claims the lives of hundreds of animal and plant species.

In parallel, India has set out to face several challenges accumulated over decades in terms of problems such as tons of garbage or bad habits of certain communities. Goals that we show you through the following examples of that ecological India that will surprise you:

1) The Mumbai landfill that became a beach for turtles

Three years ago, lawyer Afroz Shah decided to move to Versova Beach, one of the dirtiest beaches in Mumbai . After days of contemplating the mountains of garbage that looked in front of his apartment, Shah decided to ask for help through his social networks in order to get volunteers to help him eliminate mountains of waste that reached up to 160 centimeters in height. 127 weeks later, and to the surprise of all India, the famous olive turtles returned to a clean beach where it is planned to plant up to five thousand palm trees.

2) Garbage as an economic source in Mysore

As a product of a campaign led by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi , Mysore , in Karnataka , it has become one of the first cities in the country to choose to turn garbage into an economic source. From the first hour of the morning, the neighbors of the also known as “City of the Palaces” deposit recyclable and non-recyclable remains that the managers send to plants to turn them into compost or to reuse them in the form of shoes or bottles to sell later.

3) Protection of elephants

Safari in India watching elephants

Although riding an elephant when visiting different parts of India continues to be a common activity when it comes to knowing the subcontinent, India is increasingly aware of the need to protect their elephants, reinventing the visitor’s interaction with these noble animals . India has developed different places that are committed to a more ethical tourism focused on elephants . One example is the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura , where medical care is provided to battered elephants, or Elefantastic, in Jaipur , where they are known as mahouts. They live with elephants that you can feed, caress and even paint with non-toxic products.

4) The first solar powered airport in the world

First solar-powered airport in India - Cochin Airport

The busiest airport in the state of Kerala and seventh in all of India is located in historic Cochin and in 2015 marked history. The considered first airport that works only with solar energy was boosted in 2013 by the German company Bosch currently generates up to 50 thousand kilowatts of energy per day which in turn reduces 300 thousand tone the give  the s carbon emissions. A new example that confirms India’s ambition in terms of renewable energy and progress. 

5) The Eco-clubs of Tamil Nadu

As part of the initiative of the Salesian Province of India-Tiruchy of Tamil Nadu to clean up some of the areas of this state of South India, the so-called “eco-clubs” formed by various students were born in 2012. Over time, up to 163 eco-clubs with more than three thousand members have cleaned more than 200 places , planted 6,000 trees and carried out innumerable programs and workshops to raise awareness among the population. Six years later, thousands of people have already benefited from this brilliant initiative.

You still did not dare to travel to India because you considered it too dirty?