@ Vikas Sharma | Sr Journalist
05th June, 2020, New Delhi : On the occasion of the World Environment Day, Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, conducted a webinar under the alias, ‘There is no plan B, because there is no planet B’ to inspire and motivate the young students to take up the cause of environmental conservation. The decorated Bollywood actress and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, Dia Mirza, attended the webinar as the Keynote speaker and she inspired the young students to safeguard the planet and its precious resources from overexploitation, while stressing the need to reduce pollution. The event was moderated by Mrs Aditi Misra, Principal, DPS, Sector 45 Gurugram.
During the event, Dia Mirza shared her life’s journey with the students, explaining how she learnt about the importance of protecting the environment, saving energy, rescuing animals, and preventing climate-change etc. She shared that her resolve to fight back pollution was further strengthened when she was working with an NGO for cancer patients, and she came to know that the leading cause for the fatal disease was a severely polluted environment.
“You don’t have to be a full-time environmentalist to bring the change in the environment. All you have to do is curb the pollution at your own individual level by using alternatives to the products that harm the environment – for instance, bamboo products can replace the single use plastics to a great deal, which take thousands of years to disintegrate; even then, they’re not completely decomposed. Sustainable and non-sustainable products can be differentiated simply by checking the details – you can see whether the ingredients are chemical or organic. Furthermore, you can check whether those products have been tested on animals or not by visiting websites like Peta India,” said Dia Mirza.
“As humans, we have to realize the importance of the environment during this lockdown and how we’ve been a negative influence on it. As we’ve been locked in our homes for a couple of months, the nature has healed tremendously – air pollution and water levels pollution have dropped impressively – even in Delhi, which is considered one of the most polluted cities in the country. Economy and ecology are interrelated, and this situation has made it clear that economy cannot be created at the cost of ecology,” she further added.
The event was a huge success and having interacted with a champion of environmental conservation, the students seemed eager to pick up the cause themselves and do their part for maintaining the sanctity of Mother Earth.
“Children are our future, and it is, therefore, necessary that they be guided towards the path of sustainable development and righteousness – as parents and teachers, it is our responsibility to ensure that. Dia’s words really hit home when she said that even a single person can bring the change, because a lot of times, people abandon their cause because they believe they alone cannot do anything substantial. But that’s clearly not true; it’s like that old adage goes, when you’re making an ocean, every little drop of water counts. So, we’ll keep at it and hopefully we’ll conduct more events like this one in the future – to inspire and encourage our students to become responsible citizens of this country,” said Mrs. Alka Kapur, Principal, Modern Public School.