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Beautification drive held to mark Earth Day

On Earth Day, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance came together with Swarovski Water Schools, Parmarth Niketan Ashram and other local schools and organisations to organise a beautification campaign that began with the Rishikesh railway station. School students from across the region converged at the Rishikesh Train Station to paint and beautify it to mark the occasion. They were joined and guided by artists from across India and abroad to send a unified message of love for the natural wonders of the Ganga and the Himalayas through the power of art and community.

Parmarth Niketan head Chidanand Saraswati, GIWA secretary general Bhagawati Saraswati, Rishikesh mayor Anita Mamgain and others were also present on the occasion. “Today, children from across the region have been empowered to share their own dreams and their own themes for a happier, healthier world through their own paint and inspiration. There can be a Plan A and Plan B but we have only one Planet. Let us make this Earth Day a Worth Day by pledging to protect, preserve and serve our home – Mother Earth- for the well-being of all beings and all species,” said Chidanand Saraswati.

Paper bags prepared by students on Earth day

On the occasion of the Earth Day on Monday, the students of the Swami Ram Himalayan University took a pledge to reduce the usage of polythene. A programme on the occasion was organised by the students of the ‘  Biosciences Social Work Students’ Club in the  Department of Biosciences of the university. In the programme the students took an oath to diminish the use of polythene as it is non-biodegradable. They said that on disposal, polythene breaks down into small highly toxic particles which causes land and air toxicity so its use should be reduced.  On the occasion, the students of the club prepared more than 1000 paper bags from old newspapers. These paper bags were then distributed to the vendors in the local market to spread the awareness of the hazardous impacts of polythene and motivating them for using paper bags instead of polythene bags. The club faculty in-charge Anupam Dhasmana, Head of Department of Biosciences, Dr Sanjay Gupta and a number of students participated. Tuesday, 23 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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