Little environmentalists from Ranchi and the twin Singhbhum districts championed the green cause at a two-day exhibition that kicked off at Kadru–based Gurudwara Sahib on Sunday.
Nearly 300 students from 15 government high schools took part on Day 1 of Paryavaran Mitra Exhibition, displaying various models on rainwater harvesting, water and energy conservation and stressing the importance of planting trees.
The event is being organised by the state chapter of Centre for Environment Education in association with Society for Environment and Social Awareness (a Daltonganj-based NGO) and the ministry of environment and forests. Steel giant ArcelorMittal Ltd has also lent its support to the event.
Chief guest and former Assembly Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari lauded the students for taking up the cause of protection of the environment at an early stage.
He laid stress on safeguarding Mother Earth and also the girl child.
“The need of the hour is to adopt a holistic approach to protect the environment and get homemakers, members of civil societies, farmers and youngsters to work towards conservation. The students have taken a step in this regard by building various models which can be used to sensitise the masses,” Namdhari said.
Students from Class VIII to XII from five schools from each of district were part of the exhibition. The models were varied and included everything from water conservation to medicinal plants and their uses.
Umesh Kumar, a Class IX student of Jamshedpur-based Peoples’ Academy Model School, told The Telegraph his model on medicinal plants was an attempt to spread awareness on green cure.
“We can grow medicinal plants almost anywhere and it is beneficial both for the environment and for one’s health,” Kumar said.
The student, who had also put up for display another model on water conservation, also appealed to the masses to start using the liquid more judiciously. His model depicted how an imminent water crisis was likely to take a toll on mankind, I water conservation methods were not adopted immediately.
Chandan Kumar, a ninth grader of Jamshedpur’s government high school, on the other hand, drew attention to the depleting green cover and called for undertaking a massive plantation drive. His model said that the farmers should opt for large-scale banana cultivation, which would be helpful in providing them with a proper livelihood.
Later during the day, more than 200 students also flocked the venue to take part in various painting and extempore competition on the topic “energy and environment”.
Organisers said the best two models chosen during the exhibition would be showcased during a national-level conference on nature conservation that is scheduled to be held in October next month.