Expressing concern over the pollution levels in the Capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said her government was thinking of ways to involve schoolchildren in campaigns to rejuvenate wastelands and polluted water bodies.
Dikshit said the government was in the process of identifying areas in Delhi where schoolchildren could be involved in efforts to restore their original environment.
“Children have been recycling waste in their schools on a large scale. Now we want to involve the children of Delhi to rejuvenate the wasteland areas of the city into breathing lung areas,” she said.
She was speaking during the inauguration of ‘Quotes From the Earth’, a three-day film festival on environment. The festival will feature documentaries and panel discussions on environmental issues that are relevant today.
Being held at India International Centre, the festival will showcase 23 documentaries, with the themes of ‘Earth, Survival and Water’. Films range from the rare cloud forests of Latin America to the impact of global warming on the world’s largest mangrove forests of Sunderbans.
Dikshit also expressed her desire to take these films “to the slums through mobile vans, because a visuals have an immediate and lasting impact.” Ravi Agarwal, director, Toxics Link, the environmental group organising the festival, said, “An informed youth is a very strong force and these films are an entertaining way of informing them”.