Chandigarh, August 6, 2010; Today as part of an ongoing ‘Nonviolence Week’ in local Schools & to mark the Hiroshima Day, Yuvsatta & Sohanaja Eco Club of Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 46, Chandigarh organized a sapling distribution programme in which Padma Vibhushan Sunder Lal Bahuguna accompanied by his wife Vimla Bahuguna was the Chief Guest. Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion were Santosh Kumar, IFS, Director, Department of Environment, Saurabh Kumar, Dy. Conservator of Forests, Ram Kumar, Dy. DEO, Education Department, Amrita from Tetrapak India Limited who recently launched the 0% dry waste Project in 35 Schools of the city & Parmod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta.
Addressing the young students Sunder Lal Bahuguna stressed that our Schools should become nurseries of developing future citizens with caring hearts and concern for living in peace with man & nature. He said that today the ever increasing urbanization is fast eating into wildlife areas and there is a very serious threat not only to wildlife but also to very existence of human beings. He further said that for the better future of mankind, it is high time to follow the guiding principals of simplicity, austerity, care and concern for environment.
In his welcome address Santosh Kumar, IFS, Conservator of Forests applauding the activities of Sohanjna Eco-club said that “We all have a role to play in meeting the challenges of the present environmental crisis. It is not just how an individual acts; it is our collective action over time that has eaten the Earth’s incredible diversity of life biodiversity. He also said that by organizing such programmes Schools can plan an important role in developing critical understanding of such subjects amongst children as right from a young age, children start to love nature, plants and animals around them.”
Giving information about the initiative Om Prakash, Incharge of Sohanjna Eco Club said that today they have organized distribution of saplings through Sunder Lal Bhauguna to around 19 Schools of the city. 29 species of medicinal saplings distributed like Tulsi, Stevia, Patharchatt, Touchmenot, Kalavasa, Manduparni etc. Sohanaja Eco Club had adopted 12 more Schools to promoting the green cause.
Sudesh Raghav Principal of the School presented a vote of thanks.