Staff Reporter

Sheila Dikshit asks children to focus on sustainability

NEW DELHI: Around one million saplings will be planted by 2010 in Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced on Friday and urged school children to take care of the trees to help improve their survival rate and counter the dangers of global warming.

Speaking at the launch of an Earth Charter for Delhi Schools as part of Earth Day-2007 celebration, Ms. Dikshit said the Delhi Government was the first in the country to adopt the charter and declared that all schools would be developed as "nature's park''.

Lauding the role of Delhi's school children in making the Capital a very green city, Ms. Dikshit hoped that for children and youth, the Earth Charter would not only give moral and ethical orientation but also help in sensitising them in becoming responsible global citizens.

The inclusion of the Earth Charter in the educational system would add an important dimension to sustainability, she said.

Sustainable living

The Earth Charter is an integrated ethical guide towards "good'' globalisation and sustainable living. It disseminates values and principles for a sustainable future and is a tool for education for sustainable development.

Preparation of the first draft of the Earth Charter began during the Earth Summit at Rio in 1992 and the Earth Charter Commission was formed in 1997 to oversee the project.

The charter is a people's treaty and provides a new framework for examining and addressing the issues of environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development and peace. And with the objective of expanding the Earth Charter to millions of children across the country, a Children's Earth Charter has also been developed.