| Students take out a march to spread awareness on Digha Malda mango in Patna on Monday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Tarumitra, an NGO, initiated a campaign on Earth Day to save the locally grown mangoes, popularly known as Digha Malda mango.
On Monday, members of the organisation and school students from across the city took out a rally holding banners that read “Digha Ki Shaan Malda Aam” and “Say no to climate change”.
The students from Adarsh Bal Vidyalaya, Dr Ambedkar High School and Mother India Mission participated in the event.
Tarumitra founder Father Robert Atthickal said: “Digha used to have around 11,000 Malda mango trees. But at present there are only around 1,000 of them. St Xavier’s College alone used to have around 4,000 trees. The authorities have told me about the trees falling sick. I would attribute it to the climate change.”
He also suggested the students to take measures to control climate change. “If we save electricity, we can alleviate the factors that lead to climate change. Therefore, we can save the mango trees by saving electricity,” Father Robert added.
Patna Science College geology professor Atul Aditya Pandey delivered a lecture on remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) at Shrikrishna Science Centre. The occasion was also celebrated with a debate and slogan-writing competition.
Pandey made the students acquainted with the benefits of the remote sensing technology. “The technology can be very useful for flood-prone areas. With the help of this technology, we can find the areas that could be submerged. Therefore, they could be informed beforehand and lives and properties could also be saved,” Pandey said.
St Michael’s High School Class VIII student Nikhil Kumar came third in the debate competition. He said he would love to participate in the debate, if given a chance, in the next year.
Loyola High School Class VI student Sanjana got a consolation prize in the slogan-writing competition.