Children from different schools take part in an awareness meet
Coinciding with the XI Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, students from different schools in Prakasam district on Monday vied with one another in exhibiting their awareness on severe biodiversity loss and steps to be taken to protect life on the earth.
The students, important stakeholders in fighting climate change, habitat loss, and environmental degradation in future before the situation went out of control, vowed to contribute their might by initiating action at the grassroots level to make the fragile planet a better place to live in. National Children Science Congress, Jana Vignana Vedika (JVV), Sankhya Visionary School, and All India Radio came together to organise the awareness meet.
Father of the Nation's golden words that “earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed” were prominently printed to underscore the need for leading a life in tune with nature.
NCSC district coordinator M. Srinivas enlightened the students about the plant and animal species which had become extinct.
Sankhya school correspondent N. Subbirami Reddy highlighted the steps taken by the school jointly with the JVV to motivate children to plant saplings.
JVV State vice-president C.A. Prasad inspired the students to plant seed balls made of earth and compost as they had more surviving chances and cheaper when compared to saplings.
The students took a pledge along with Sankya Visionary School student G. Ajay Kumar to ‘nurture nature to save future’. Pavan Kalyan, a VII class student from a remote government school in Podili, highlighted the environmental degradation going on in the Seshachalam forests and exhorted them to save trees to save themselves.
K.V. Narasimha Rao of AIR, Markapur, highlighted the advantages of pastoral economy and organic farming. Resource person M. Madhav Reddy stressed the need for protecting the vast coastline by reviving the mangroves.
An exhibition was organised with books, stamps, and pictures on endangered species for the benefit of students.