The Earth Day celebration that was started in the USA on April 22, 1970, is today a movement spread across 192 nations.

It is on this day that millions of people across the globe pledge to protect planet earth and individuals and organisations take out awareness campaign on environment protection.

As part of the Earth Day celebrations, Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management, GITAM University, organised a seminar here on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering, Advisor to Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, M. Sudhakar said recent scientific studies showed that there was a strong correlation between the rise in anthropogenic (human-induced) GHG emissions in the atmosphere and the increase in average global temperature. He said changing lifestyle was badly affecting the nature.

The centre also organised various competition for the students on the occasion and took up a tree plantation drive on the campus.

Professor of Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) Civil Engineering Department P.V. Sivapullaiah, university’s Vice-Chancellor G. Subrahmanyam, its Science College principal N. Lakshmanadas, centre’s director N. Srinivas and others were present. At another programme, India Youth for Society organised a road show on the Beach Road opposite YMCA, explaining the efficacies of rain water harvest pits and problems associated with the usage of plastic bags.

While Professor S. Ramakrishna Rao from GITAM University and Prof. PVV Prasad Rao from the Department of Environment Studies, Andhra University, spoke about the need for rain water harvest pits and how it improves the water table, AU professor EUB Reddi and Senior Civil Judge T. Venugopal Rao, spoke about the bad effects of usage of plastic bags. The society’s general secretary M. Jagadish Kumar and others were present.

In another programme Ken Foundation Society distributed about 100 water bowls that can be used to quench the thirst of animals and birds.

According to president of the foundation Pulletykurty Santosh, every year a large number of birds and stray animals die due to the ill effects of dehydration and it is mainly due to the rapid concretisation of the city.

According to him every individual can make a change in this scenario by placing a water bowl on the roof top or in the balcony or in a window.

Awareness rally

Holding placards and walking down the streets, the students of little Greens Club of Little Angels School, Ukkunagaram took out an awareness rally at Sector 9 - Ukkunagaram as part of the World Earth Day. In an effort to maintain ecological balance and to provide water to the birds, the little ones also distributed earthen bowls to some of the residents in the colony.

  • A roadshow held to explain importance of rainwater harvest pits

  • Water bowls to quench thirst of animals and birds distributed