Illuminating lives To make an environmental impact

Illuminating lives To make an environmental impact

first_imgWorld Earth Day is celebrated every year as an annual event all across the world on Apri 22. Schools, in particular, celebrate the day in an attempt to spread awareness among students about environment safety, and demonstrate environmental protection measures. In and across Kolkata, many schools set up activities to make this process of learning as much fun as possible for the students this Earth Day.Cheerful students of Akshar, a renowned school headed by Neena Singh, the Executive Director, celebrated Earth Day in the most versatile and innovative way possible. Each class decided to do their bulletin boards on an international or national environmental activist. The students chose various activists and then put up a performances based on them and their history. They were given a span of one week to prepare. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn April 28, the students showcased it on the stage, highlighting the efforts of the activists who worked hard to make a tangible environmental impact. Some of the activists included were Parvati Barua from India, Steve Irwin from Australia, Winona Laduke and Rachel Carson from the US, among various others. It portrayed a global participation in the conservation of the environment. Although the program lasted for less than an hour, it was a success and highlighted Akshar’s motive and inspiration of being a green hub. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Navneet Khullar, the Principal of the school said: “It was a great day to impart environmental education, reflect efforts to green the entire school and most importantly engage the whole student community in making a difference.”When asked in what ways can we save our planet, Megha Lahiri, a student of class 7 said, “I mostly avoid using plastic bags and switch off lights and fans whenever I come out of my room because energy conservation is a necessity.” This is an extended program under ‘The young leaders for change project’ where Akshar is collaborating with CEE (Center for Environment Education) and the American Center. Under this project, Akshar has partnered with an Australian NGO “Solar Buddies”. The project undertaken by Akshar is called ‘Illuminating Lives’ and through this project, their students will make and distribute solar lamps to make the environment more sustainable by reaching out to the community at large. It is now imperative to make students understand the importance of conserving planet Earth through various tangible and intangible ways.last_img

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