Students wage anti-cracker campaign in Noida
The Supreme Court banned cracker sale in Delhi/NCR owing to rising pollution levels on Diwalinoida Updated: Oct 17, 2017 23:18 IST
Ahead of Diwali, schools in Noida conducted ‘anti-cracker’ campaigns in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.
Stressing the need to create awareness about the poor air quality in Delhi-NCR and ill-effects of crackers, students from Noida schools presented street plays and conducted awareness sessions.
The court has banned the sale of crackers across Delhi-NCR in the wake of alarming pollution levels on Diwali.
At Delhi Public School, sector 30, students from the drama society and environment club presented street plays and conducted poster making competitions to raise awareness against crackers.
“I belong to the environment club. We conducted a campaign in our school where we met students and warned them about the dangers of bursting crackers. On the morning after Diwali, Noida and entire Delhi is engulfed in smoke, which is extremely dangerous,” said Shambhavi Srivastava, class 10 student, DPS Noida.
Sanchita Sahni, a 10th standard student, DPS, said: “I belong to the dramatics society and we collaborated with the environment club to promote the message of preserving nature and air quality. We presented a play where we asked students to say no to crackers.”
Other schools in the district also held campaigns against crackers.
“We carried a fortnightly campaign against bursting of fire crackers where students were encouraged to celebrate Diwali with lights and sweets and not crackers. Students were sensitized towards the importance of preserving nature,” said Renu Singh, principal, Amity International School, Noida.
Jewar member of legislative assembly Thakur Dhirendra Singh wrote a letter to 400 educational institutions in GB Nagar, asking them to not to burst crackers on Diwali.
“I made a request to 400 institutions asking the students to not burst crackers.Last year during Diwali, the air quality level deteriorated and people had to suffer from burning sensation in their eyes,” said Singh.
LocalCircles, a social media network for communities, conducted a poll in Noida to understand how citizens feel about the decision of not being able to burn firecrackers. More than 1,600 citizens voted and 80% citizens said they do not want to burn firecrackers this Diwali.
As many as 10% said that they would not burn crackers since they are not available in the market. Five percent said that they already got crackers and will burn them, whereas 5% said they would like to burn crackers and know how to get them in spite of the ban being imposed.