World Earth Day message spreads loud and clear

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New Delhi, Apr 22 (UNI) Delhiites echoed loud and clear the message of 'saving the environment' through an array of performances by schoolchildren from all over the capital today to mark World Earth Day.

The colourful event initiated by the Department of Environment and Forests at Delhi Haat had students from different government and public schools echoing the message of 'safe environment' through paintings, posters, placards and stalls to spread the message of recycling.

Different non-governmental organisations along with students from 'special' schools also lend their support at this grand occasion by using colourful posters and placards of protecting the Mother Earth from pollution, water scarcity and global warming.

The event commenced with the formation of the human-chain by students wearing red shirt saying 'You are the change that you wish to see'. They showed their posters with colourful messages while moving in the chain. All students along with their teachers took the pledge of reducing, reusing and recycling resources.

Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Ms Meena Gupta in her speech, clearly mentioned the means that could be used by the students to protect the earth from destruction. 'By saving electricity, optimum use of water, less use of cars, travelling by school buses and cycle are some ways that you students can protect the resources from diminishing from the earth. by this way, we will be able to save the planet from global warming', she said.

She also quoted the words of Mahatama Gandhi, "The earth has enough for everyone's need but not for anyone's need" and added that it is neccesary for the students to realise the greed of saving the environment and earth on the whole.

Ms Gupta also released a carbon emission calculator in the CD format along with an informative booklet with tips to prevent climate change.

The students of different schools also performed street plays to spread the idea of reducing pollution by planting more trees.

Students of Salwan Public School showed an outstanding performance on the extensive deforestation with the message of planting more trees in order to ensure less pollution in environment. Also, 'Umaang', a group of slum children performed a street play on planting more trees.

There was a band performance by Ekam Satyam, which rejenuated the students minds by their rock music mixed with fusion. Their music not only entertained the audience, which comprised mostly students, but some of their songs also helped nurturing the idea of human power to save the earth clear.

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