Downtown

Green message begins with cycles, goes places

Students deliver motivation speech at Government Hr. Sec. School, K.K. Nagar. Photo: R. Ravindran

Students deliver motivation speech at Government Hr. Sec. School, K.K. Nagar. Photo: R. Ravindran   | Photo Credit: R RAVINDRAN

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Students of NSN Group of Schools promote an environment-friendly lifestyle through personal example. K. Sarumathi reports.

They persuaded their parents to allow them to ride motorbikes to school. Today, those same bikes are gathering dust. Now, the humble bicycle is what they ride to school. A cycle rally by a group of students of NSN Matriculation Group of Schools a year ago to popularise the eco-friendly vehicle in their neighbourhood has made a great impact on these youngsters, Now, they have scant regard for the powered two-wheeler. Around 100 students from the school’s Interact Club had taken out the rally.

“In the last one year, none of our older students rides a motorcycle. Cycle has become their mode of transport,” says Chitra Prasad, principal, NSN Matric, Chitlapakkam.

The school has contributed handsomely to the students’ environment consciousness. It was recently awarded title of Green School by the CPR Environment Education Centre. The lush greenery at its campus can be partly credited to students of class IX to XII, who have taken the effort to plant saplings there. In 2012, they undertook a massive planting drive not just within the school but also on the streets of Chitlapakkam and Chromepet.

“Over 1000 students planted 1,111 tree saplings provided by the Forest Department around the neighbourhood. They also raised funds for the tree guards to protect the saplings,” she adds.

Years ago, the school instituted a programme whereby the title of eco-friendly class was awarded every month to one section. The school also has a compost pit and herbal garden. Children are taken on a tree walk once a year inside the campus and to the Nanmangalam forest by representatives of Nizhal. The school next plans to start a kitchen garden on the campus to introduce children to farming.

There is also an effort to take the green message beyond the campus. Two speakers from Class XI deliver motivational talks at schools across the city in English and Tamil.

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