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  • TERI Celebrates Earth Day 2005: Over 1000 students from Delhi Schools participated in different programmes organised on the eve of Earth Day

    21 April 2005

    22 April 2005 would mark 35 years after the first Earth Day was celebrated with 20 million people in the US joining in a major demonstration of respect for Mother Earth and the need to protect its natural bounty. TERI as the leading research organization dealing with issues related to the good health of the planet and the sustainability of the earth's natural resources celebrated Earth Day on 21 April 2005, the eve of this day of universal significance. The celebration this year comes at a time when human society has barely moved away from a path of destruction and degradation of natural resources worldwide. The contribution of human actions to the problem of climate change continues to threaten the earth's ecosystems with the likelihood of serious impacts for human society and all living beings. The spread of desertification, loss of biodiversity and pollution of the air as well as water in the large rivers and lakes continues to afflict several regions of the globe.

    This year to celebrate Earth Day Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Govt. of NCT Delhi Launched the "PACCIFY (Programme for awareness on climate change issues for youth)". PACCIFY is a web-site concerted national endeavour by TERI to encourage students to work towards the goal of a cleaner and greener environment. It focuses on problems of climate change and on the need to work towards creating a better understanding of the issue by relating it to daily life and on issues related to climate change that are local, thereby bringing the problem and its solution closer to home.

    Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests special guest at the Earth Day celebrations released "Terrapin" - a series of children's story books, with a special emphasis on environmental education. These represent the first set in a series of storybooks published by TERI for children. Colorfully illustrated, the books convey vital environmental messages such as the importance of biodiversity, a clean environment, and so on. A visual delight for children, each one of these books is written in a reader friendly format and is replete with colorful illustrations, activities and puzzles. These books are available in 2 levels - level 1 for children up-to 7 years and level 2 for children between 8 and 11 years.

    Addressing the children present on the occasion Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI and Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) appealed to the youth of this country to spearhead a movement similar to the launch of Earth Day in 1970 when 20 million people launched the movement symbolized by the celebrations observed that day. He stated "it is the youth of this country that would carry the torch to a sustainable future by pursuing actions that reduce the footprint of human activities on the earth's ecosystems". He appealed to the Chief Minister of Delhi to launch a mission for reducing Delhi's footprint on the country's natural resources and fragile ecosystems. Buildings need to be designed with energy efficient and environmentally friendly features. Transport has to become less polluting, and water and electricity need to be used efficiently. Delhi must serve as a model for the whole country and should not become a burden on the threatened resources of this nation.

    Over 1000 students from nearly 100 Delhi & NCR schools took part in various events like Inter school skit competition, Inter school painting competition and "Bulletin board" display competition since 12 April 2005. These events were organised in partnership with National Bal Bhavan and with support from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

    The winners of these competitions were felicitated at a special ceremony today by Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Govt. of NCT Delhi in presence of special guest Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests. The celebration took place at the India International Centre in a overwhelmed atmosphere.

    In the past, Earth Day celebrations have served to educate and mobilize people worldwide for environmental protection; to inspire action at the personal, community, national and international levels. The hope was expressed by all present that this year would carry the message even further and stronger.

    Winners

    Painting

    First prize: Apoorva, Mount Abu School, Sector 5, Rohini; Second prize: Lubna Khaldy, Maharaja Agarsen Model School, Pitampura; Third prize: Ankur Majumdar, St George's School, Alaknanda; Consolation prize: Smriti Rawat, Gyan Mandir School, Naraina Vihar and Consolation prize: Devang Sibal, Springdales Dhaula Kuan

    Skit

    First prize: Ryan International School, Rohini; Second prize: Red Roses School, Saket; Third prize: Gyan Bharati School

    Bulletin board

    First prize: St. Marks Sr Sec School, Meera Bagh; Second prize: St George's School, Alaknanda and Third prize: Greenfields School, Safdarjung Enclave

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