Bokaro: Renowned environmentalist, Navin Kumar Srivastava asked students to make commitment of protecting environment by planting trees and saving water on an occasion of Earth Day here. He elaborated the issues affecting the environment, like pollution, water shortages, and climate change.
Several hundred students celebrated Earth Day with great passion here. An ‘earth science’ quiz was organized under the aegis of Dr. Radhakrishnan Sahodaya School Complex at The Pentecostal Assembly School on Thursday. Srivastava, who heads environment department of Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL), was the chief guest. Srivastava highlighted the need and ways of conservation of environment before the children. “You could plant a tree, save water, clean up trash in your neighborhood, set up a bird feeder or save power — the possibilities are endless to save environment,” said Srivastava.
Focusing on planting a tree, Srivastava said that “trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, secure soil in place to prevent erosion, and provide homes for many birds, insects and other animals. It is a best act one can do to celebrate Earth Day. He also stressed that pollution is one of the biggest hazards that humanity is facing today. It is not only harmful to human life but also to the cultural assets and natural resources.
The ongoing Earth Day Celebration is a way to remind ourselves of our responsibility towards our Mother Earth. Principal of Pentecostal Assembly School, Rita Prasad and Director, D N Prasad inaugurated the function. Earth Day event saw participation of grade IX and X students who comes from 18 schools of the city. The quiz session was really brainstorming. A preliminary written round was conducted for selection of six best teams. The selected teams were- Archaeologist, Geologist, Palaeontologist, Cosmologist, Meteorologist, Ecologist.
The quiz included multiple choice questions related to our environment. “The quiz was amazing and gave vital information about our Mother Earth. Besides, the video message by Jane Goodall was an eye opener for conserving environment,” said a student. The winning team in quiz was ARS Public School, MGM Higher Secondary School and Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Sector –V. Principals and Directors of various schools graced the occasion.