Young eco-warriors from 20 schools across the country received the ‘Green Schools Award’ in the Capital on Monday for the efforts made to conserve the environment.
The top honours went to the Government Senior Secondary School in the small village of Boormajra in Ropar district of Punjab for implementing futuristic techniques to harvest water.
“Conservation of environment has been our school’s motto right from the beginning,” said Davinder Kaur, a student of Class XII. “We have an eco-club in our school in which the students are actively involved. We maintain a nursery and distribute free saplings to create awareness,” she said.
The Punjab school was followed by the Sholai School in Kodaikanal and the Evergreen Public School, Vasundhara Enclave, New Delhi. “As part of the exercise, we had to audit our use of water,” explained the Class IX students of Evergreen School, which won the award for conserving water.
“We have recharge wells and pits in our school to ensure rainwater harvesting,” said Chinmay and Shouvik, two students of the school. Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, that gives away the awards under its Gobar Times Green Schools programme, said, “The programme is a way of learning about our environment.”
The awards were given away by Krishna Kumar, Director, NCERT. “Learning must go beyond textbooks. Kids should involve themselves with the environment and apply their knowledge to conserve it.”