World Environment Day Celebrations
“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed”
~Mohandas K. Gandhi.
Look after our planet and it will look after us, or don’t and face the consequences. When habitats are destroyed, biodiversity is lost, or natural resources are depleted, the environment is hurt. Human processes play a major role in environmental degradation. World Environment Day is commemorated each year with an international exposition through the week of June 5.
Holding the flag of environmentally conscious communities high, Sehgal Foundation took the lead in initiating environmentally friendly practices by observing the day in 17 focus villages. Jay Sehgal, Executive Director, Sehgal Foundation and B R Poonia, Program Leader for Community Mobilization conducted a talk on the importance of our environment and the problems with climate change to kick start the week in Notki and Raniyala. Jay explained how the growing use of plastic bags is menace to our environments with the village community. Afterwards, the community, the Panchayat and the Sehgal Foundation team promised to try and use as few plastic bags as possible. Sehgal Foundation distributed jute bags in all 17 villages with the objective of minimizing use of plastic bags. The talk was followed by the tree plantation drive, where 60 fruit trees were planted on the Notki school premises. Members from the community and Sehgal Foundation vowed to own and maintain one of the planted trees.
To convey the message in an entertaining and educative way, the dramatics group of Jyotisar performed a Nukkad Natak. The group prepared a catchy script that spellbound the audience, while highlighting the importance of trees. In addition to this, our Life Skill Education centers held drawing competitions. Young girls completed interesting drawings on the environment and trees, and the best three drawings were awarded. Villages also created wall paintings on the importance of trees to keep the message alive.
All in all, the celebrations were a success. Attendees left with a clear understanding that there is only one earth. We all must protect it.
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