Chandigarh, October 16: Today the weeklong ‘Green Diwali Campaign’, started in city Schools by Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee & Yuvsatta-an NGO, culminated with TC Nautiyal, Conservator of Forest, Department of Forests & Wildlife, Chandigarh Administration addressing students of Government Girls Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 20B, Chandigarh.

Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta informed that there NGO directly covered over 11,000 students in this weeklong campaign in various Schools of the city, motivating them through street play, green quiz and interactive programmes to take a pledge to celebrate ‘Green Diwali & Say NO to toxic and polluting fire-crackers’.

Initiating the dialogue with students TC Nautiyal said that ‘for fireworks to shoot up into the air and explode several pyrotechnic chemical (materials capable of undergoing exothermic reactions for the production of heat, light, gas, smoke and/or sound) are used”.  And youngsters should ideally say ‘NO’ to use of fire-crackers or burn small crackers not individually but at Community level, collectively organized functions. He also cautioned young ones to take all precautions like wearing cotton cloths, do fire-works in presence of elders, use open space for fire-works and keep a bucket of water handy for any emergency.  

Lauding the Eco-Clubs of Schools in Chandigarh Santosh Kumar, Vice Chairman of Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee and Director, Department of Environment added that at times during Diwali days, the pollution level goes 10-15 times than the permissible limits and it’s the responsibility of each one of us to not only take all precautionary steps of protection but also to ensure celebrations of green Diwali with home-made sweets, gifting green plants, Saying ‘NO’ to polluting and toxic harmful crackers. He also expressed that more and more people are seeing bursting firecrackers as health-hazard and environmentally irresponsible form of entertainment”.

Sukhjit Kaur, Vice Principal of School advised students on the occasion to take all precautions while celebrating Diwali like wearing of cotton cloth’s, keeping a bucket of water nearby while bursting small fire-crackers under supervision of elders and that too in an open space not near any vehicle.

A street play ‘Green Diwali’ was also staged by artists of ‘Mask Theatre’ and Dr. Bhagat Singh Makkar conducted a green quiz on the occasion. The programme at both the Schools ended with a Pledge by over 1500 students of School to observe ‘Green Diwali & stay away from crackers”.