Residents, schools and city firms celebrated the Earth Day on Friday by planting and gifting saplings to one another.
Many city schools such as Blue Bells, Ridge Valley and Scottish High celebrated the day with great fervour and enthusiasm. Teachers explained the significance of the day and the need to protect the environment to students. A discussion was conducted on the 3R’s – Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. Planting saplings, conserving water and electricity were some of the issues that were highlighted.
Students expressed their views on their idea of an ideal planet. The youngsters made posters, collages, badges, and slogans, and pledged to save the earth by contributing in their own ways.
The students of Scottish High International School celebrated Green Week, which is aimed at combating environmental degradation because of pollution. Members of the environment club organised a Green Quiz in the school. Students also tried to convey a message through poems and acts, posters and banners.
Various residential communities pledged to plant more trees. They also vowed to be more caring and responsible towards the environment by making simple changes in their life style such as saving electricity and water, segregating waste at the source, using jute and cloth bags for shopping, carpooling and using natural resources judiciously to reduce global warming.
Deepak Ramesh Gaur, also known as the Tree Man, and the founder of NGO Gift A Tree Network, launched an online campaign ‘selfie with tree’. He spoke to children about the importance of the trees in their lives.
Real estate developer Vatika group on Friday announced that it has installed solar panels at its projects with a view to reduce its carbon footprint and to give impetus to the use of green energy. The group claims to have invested `R75 lakh on the solar panels and other equipment at Vatika Business Park, Sohna Road.
Similarly, another company Ingersoll Rand celebrated the Earth Day by planting saplings at its office premises.