HOMAGE TO MAHATMA GANDHI: Students Take Pledge of Non-Violence towards Environment
In a special homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary, young students from Delhi and NCR region created two world records at New Delhi on October 2, 2019.
The first world record was in the category of ‘environmental sustainability lessons to the largest number of students at one place’. Close to 5000 children participated in this world record. Second record pertains to ‘the largest number of assembly and lighting of Solar lamps’. The number of participants in this record is more than 5000 and exact number will be released soon by the officials from the Guinness Book of World Records who were present at the event.
Chief Guest at the event, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, Shri Prakash Javadekar congratulated all students saying that they had made a solar lamp with their hands and hearts. He also called for creating own oxygen bank by planting at least seven trees during one’s lifetime. The Minister expressed happiness over the fact that 79 countries have become member of International Solar Alliance. Shri Javadekar also administered the oath of non-violence towards environment to all the students.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, Shri R K Singh said that world is facing serious threat from climate change. He said that we all should take pledge that we’ll leave a better world for our future generations. Shri Singh further said that future world will be the world of producer not the world of consumer as every home will produce power from solar.
Secretary, MNRE, Shri Anand Kumar welcomed all participants and trainers and expressed happiness that so many students had taken pledge of non-violence towards environment. He said that there couldn’t have been a better tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He also read out Prime Minister’s message for the occasion in which PM highlighted the pivotal role that solar will play in fighting climate change.
A book titled Energy Swaraj was also released and a short film on environment was screened for the participants.
Senior officials from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy were present at the occasion.