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Students join a green cause

From a 4-km run for the environment to a climate change summit, it was all about Right to Green. Apeejay School, Park Street, in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature, hosted a first-of-its-kind inter-school fest to sensitise students to green issues.

The event took off with the Run for Green flagged off by former Olympian Gurbux Singh, the chief guest on the occasion. Twenty city schools took part in the fest that included a range of activities from poster-making to preparing models.

“It was an effort to sensitise students. Such events have a huge impact on young minds,” said Rita Chatterjee, the principal of Apeejay School. Posters made by the students were put on display in the school’s basement, also the venue of the Model Green Summit.

Each school represented a country at the summit, modelled on the G20 summit. “Our focus was on climate change and several interesting ideas were shared. If our leaders thought similarly, our world will be a better place,” said Soham Banerjee, a Class XI student at Apeejay School, who donned the role of the secretary general of the summit.

The summit discussed environmental issues and food security and passed resolutions on the Turkey-Syria conflict in West Asia and the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean. Lakshmipat Singhania Academy bagged the Best Team and Best Delegate awards, while Apeejay School won the award for Best Position Paper and Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan got a special mention for its efforts.

Glimpses, an exhibition on issues related to the environment and sustainable development, also attracted an enthusiastic audience. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan presented the model of a school, depicting the use of sunlight, rainwater harvesting and wastewater management to bag the Best Demonstration and Best Relevant Model awards.

American Center deputy director Rachel Sunden gave away the prizes. “The issues addressed by the students showed their depth of knowledge while the models were proof of their creativity. It was an inspiring experience,” she said.