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Students spread awareness about environmental impact, child labour

Sign of sensitivity: Students of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, JIPMER branch signing a pledge to reduce use of crackers during the Deepavali festival in Puducherry on Wednesday — Photo: T. Singaravelou
Sign of sensitivity: Students of the Kendriya Vidyalaya, JIPMER branch signing a pledge to reduce use of crackers during the Deepavali festival in Puducherry on Wednesday — Photo: T. Singaravelou

Several students of the Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC), under the banner of ‘Crackdown on Cracking Crackers', organised a campaign against the use of crackers in several schools across the town here on Wednesday.

The group was formed in 2008 to sensitise people to the environmental impact of bursting crackers and other issues such child labour involved in its production.

This year, it made presentations to over 2000 students in six schools including two in rural areas.

The group's composition keeps changing as new students are inducted every year.

It currently consists of 15 students.

NLE certification

Some of the important messages in the presentation included the need to reduce bursting of crackers if not giving it up completely, safety measures to be taken while bursting them and ensuring No Child Labour Employed (NCLE) certification while buying the crackers.

Health hazards

Students of the Nalvadu Government Middle School organised an anti-cracker campaign in their school premises on November 1.

Several speakers highlighted the health hazards as a result of the pollution from bursting crackers.

Ideas for ‘Green deepavali'

A discussion on the issue was conducted among the students who came up with novel ideas for observing a ‘green deepavali.'

The discussion was followed by dance and drama programmes that sought to spread awareness on the issue.

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