Youth turn green fighters

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 05, 2009 12:42 hrs

New Delhi: Children are fast becoming tomorrow's green fighters. "We have learnt the value of our natural resources and will not uselessly exhaust them. Our planet needs all our love and care. I will nurture it like my mother nurtures me," said 12-year-old Maham, who took part in the World Environment Day celebrations at the British Council Library here on Friday.

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Students from the Green Earth Course at the library took a pledge to protect the earth and give a human face to environmental issues.

Popular actor of "Taare Zameen Par" fame Tisca Chopra was present to express solidarity with the global environmental cause and interact with the children.

"Yesterday, I participated in a workshop with the young learners and it was an amazing experience. It is extremely important to lay greater emphasis on creating awareness among children because they are the creators of tomorrow and can create a huge difference," said Chopra.

Expressing grave concern about escalating environmental degradation, Chopra said: "On this day, we should pledge to do our part by conserving resources. We spoilt them over years and now we must put in years of consolidated efforts into reviving them."

The children put up plays on various environmental issues to create awareness about the need to protect the environment.

"It is most satisfying to see the culmination of ours and the children's efforts into something so beautiful. On a professional level, this has been an enriching experience. The children are a bundle of joy and extremely environment conscious," said Andrew Carr, teaching centre manager.

Each student was given a sapling to commemorate the day.

"We want the students to plant these saplings and shoulder responsibility. We always talk about planting trees but none of us ever get down to actually doing it. So this is our effort into making a start for a greener and cleaner future," said Vandana, a senior teacher at the learning centre.

An award winning exhibition, Seeds of Change, created by the NGO Soka Gakkai International, reflecting the global dimensions of environmental issues, was also appreciated by all.

"We must alter the situation confronting us before we run out of time," said Bharat Soka Gakkai.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and High Commissioner Richard Stagg unveiled a 600-foot mural on the boundary wall of the British High Commission. The mural calls for global action on climate change ahead of the crucial climate summit in Copenhagen this December.

Stagg said on the occasion: "The writing is on the wall. This mural is our attempt to create awareness about the impacts of climate change and inspire action amongst individuals and also collectively as a global society. While one side of the mural is a grim reminder of the clear and present danger we all face due to rising greenhouse gases, the other shows the way forward for a sustainable future driven by low carbon growth. The choice is ours.

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