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Eco-friendly calendar from Air-India

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CHILDREN'S ART: A painting from the calendar.
CHILDREN'S ART: A painting from the calendar.

Air-India's New Year calendar is all about environment. It sports 12 prize-winning paintings from the 1998 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) children's painting competition.

Titled "Children's Ozone Art", the competition had been held as part of a public awareness campaign to assist the countries that committed themselves to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol.

Last September, the country's flagship carrier had become the first airline of a developing country to join hands with UNEP to set the ground rules for preventing ozone depletion.

The paintings are on a variety of themes - `Save ozone layer, save earth'; `Plant more trees'; `Less chemical wastage'; `Reduce air pollution'; `Do not cut trees'; `Balance environment'; `No nuclear tests'; `No garbage accumulation'; `Reduce noise pollution'; `Keep your surroundings clean'; `Do not waste water'; and `Be environment friendly'.

India is represented by10-year-old Maharshi Bhupendra Jesalpura, whose painting is on the theme of nuclear tests.

The others are by young painters from Singapore, Indonesia, Honduras, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Trinidad, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, the Philippines and Algeria.

The UNEP competition was open to children and young people from developing countries, aged between five and 16 years.

The selected paintings have since been reproduced in posters, calendars, publications, etc., to promote action world-wide.

"The collection shows how much young people care about their environment and health", notes Air-India.

"Most of all, these images encourage us to think about proper solutions and friendly practices that could save the ozone layer."

M. Harish Govind

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