On Environment Day, kids showcased their talent in the pencil art competition organised by the Sharnbasveshwar Residential Public School.

“People should develop a habit of purchasing only what is required. There is a tendency among us to purchase more than what we require leading to shortage and escalation of prices”, said Pallavi Akurathi, CEO of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat at the inauguration of the pencil art competition at Gulbarga for school children. She was addressing the students of the school and said that over-indulgence and hyper consumerism is one of the causes for shortage of basic requirements reaching the needy.

The event was jointly organised by The Hindu Young World and Sharnbasveshwar Residential Public School in Gulbarga recently. Ms. Akurathi stressed the need of the hour was to control hyperactive consumerism to avoid wastage and enable equitable distribution of the available resources to all.

Ms. Akurathi said that youngsters have an onerous responsibility of telling their parents to be socially responsible and on the need to use natural resources judiciously and buy only things that are necessary. She said that sustainability should be the survival mantra of the present generation as the same may not be assured for the future generation.

One of the main reasons for unbridled environmental pollution, she said, was due to the greed of the human race causing the pollution of the rivers, water bodies and the environment. She warned of the catastrophic effect it will have on the environment if it persisted.

She lauded the initiative of Sharnbasveshwar Residential Public School and The Hindu in organising an art competition for students as this would give them an opportunity to showcase their talents and provide a platform to express their ideas.

Senior artist and former member of the Karnatataka Lalithkala Academy, Mohan Seethnur spoke on the occasion and selected the best three pencil art works in the Junior and Senior category. Principal of the school N.S. Devarkal and Mr. Seethnur gave away the prizes.