Chandigarh,7.10.17-The Environment &  Eco Club ‘Qudrat’,  Science Club  and  NSS Volunteers of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, Chandigarh, organized an Anti Cracker, Anti Noise & Anti Pollution Rally,  on October 17, 2017, to spread awareness amongst the public on harmful effects of bursting crackers. The main theme of the Rally was ‘Say No to Crackers’.  The Rally was flagged off from the School by the Principal at 10.00 a.m. Around 130 students of classes VI to XII  and teachers participated in this Rally. The Rally passed through the roads and markets of Sector 47, Sector 46, and then returned to School. The students carried placards and posters with various slogans viz. ‘1, 2, 3, 4 Burn crackers no more’, ‘Let there be light, not a green disaster’, ‘Don’t pollute the true colours of Diwali ---- Avoid crackers’, Crackers spread pollution not love and harmony, Avoid them’, ‘ Say ‘No’ to Crackers, YES to Life’, ‘Cracker Thrills But Leads to Hospital Bills’, This Diwali Go Green’, ‘Be Environment Friendly’,  ‘Don’t Crack Crackers But Crack Pollution’, etc. They also shouted various slogans and requested people not to pollute the environment by bursting crackers, instead celebrate the festival of lights by confining to lighting up of their homes. They also made them aware of the wasteful expenditure on the polluting and life endangering crackers, which could be avoided by deciding to say a big No to Crackers. A human chain was also formed in Sector 46 market depicting everyone’s partnership in protecting the mother earth. The drive was concluded with a signature campaign wherein the students made the people present in the market and the passersby take an oath to refrain from bursting crackers.

 Diwali is no longer a festival of lights and joy, but has become a festival of sound, where, the louder the sound, the merrier you are. Overlooking the damage caused to the environment.

To sensitize the children about the same, a special assembly was held in the morning. Children read out poems and articles on the harmful effects of crackers and other polluting devices. The Principal, Mrs. Iona Valerie Brendish, spoke on the harmful effects of bursting crackers. She reminded the students that Diwali is and should be a festival of lights and not of sound and pollution. The Eco Club Leader led the students of the School  in taking a pledge to celebrate a pollution free Diwali and promising not to burst crackers. A Painting and Slogan Writing Competition was also conducted on this occasion for all the students of Classes VI – X on the topic “Green Diwali / Pollution free Diwali”.