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Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

Pollution control day: Students march to raise awareness about environmental issues

lucknow Updated: Dec 02, 2019 23:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Students taking out a rally in Lucknow on the National Pollution Control Day.
Students taking out a rally in Lucknow on the National Pollution Control Day.(HT)

On National Pollution Control Day (Monday), students of various schools of Lucknow took out a rally to raise their voice in support of environment conservation. They sensitised the masses about the menace of environment degradation and suggested measures to reduce pollution.

The youngsters marched from the 1090 Crossing to the City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar Campus I.

Minister Dara Singh Chauhan was the chief guest on the occasion and flagged off the march.

The schools that participated in the march included CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I, CMS Aliganj Campus I, Scholars’ Home and Riverside Academy along with a social organisation ‘Bhoomi Initiative’.

Congratulating students for the campaign, the minister said, “You have a very important task of reducing pollution. Children act on their promises. Our forefathers gave us a pure environment and we are also supposed to hand over the same to the coming generation. The United Nations has given us the goal of sustainable development that we have to fulfil.”

Students marched with placards and banners bearing slogans about pollution control, saving energy and reducing water wastage. They also urged people not to use horns unnecessarily, switch off electric gadgets when not in use, stop using plastic bags, not dump waste in water bodies, plant more trees and throw garbage only in trash cans among other eco-friendly suggestions.

Abha Anant, principal, CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I, said, “If pollution is not checked, our present and future is doomed. Children must be sensitised about protecting the environment right from early childhood.”

  • Air quality in the state capital worsened on Monday with an average AQI of 237 being recorded, according to data released by the Central Pollution Control Board.
  • The Air Quality Index on Sunday was 214, while that on Saturday was 182 (moderate category).
  • The city’s air quality had improved to the pre-Diwali level for the first time on Saturday but took a dip soon after.
  • AQI in the range of 200 and above shows ‘poor’ quality air that can cause discomfort on prolonged exposure to it.