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About Green Wicket

The Beginnings of Green Innings

Cricket, in India, can galvanise the entire nation!

The idea of using this sport as a medium to carry the message of ‘resource efficiency and sanitation’ emanated from a visit of the Chief Secretary of Karnataka, Mr. Kaushik Mukherjee, to Freiburg in Breisgau, as a part of a study mission to Germany in 2012. Replete with solar panels and energy conservation systems, this impressive football stadium uses state of art technology for meeting all aspects of consumption in an eco-efficient manner. The stadium served as an example for the citizens of Freiburg making them aware of the benefits of adopting alternatives of energy-conservation, and this message was further reinforced through an energetic campaign using the game of football and its popular icons. All these efforts went on to build Freiburg’s image as a ‘solar and eco city’. Deriving inspiration from this paradigm, Mr. Mukherjee thought of transposing the idea onto India, which took shape as the “Green Wicket” avatar, and led the efforts to transform the Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bangalore to an eco-friendly stadium.
As a first step towards realisation of the idea, an Agreement of Cooperation was signed between the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), and GIZ, in January 2013, to implement ‘resource-efficient and sanitation’ measures within the Chinnaswamy stadium, and for creating awareness on these measures among cricket fans and general public through a series of actions as a part of the ‘Green Wicket’ campaign.


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