In line with its theme,Young India Speaks,more than 2,000 students participated in an event to mark the 40th Earth Day.
Held a day before the Earth Day at the National Science Centre here,the function was attended by students from Delhi,Bangalore,Chandigarh and Chennai.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control chairperson and TERI director general R K Pachauri and Delhi Jal Board chief Ramesh Negi also attended the function,which was organised by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI).
Dressed as the sun,the moon,trees and the various planets,the students,through their performances,addressed various environment issues such as pollution,global warming and deforestation.
Striking a note of caution,Dikshit in her address said: Jis dharti ko hum aaj pahchante hain,iski shakal itni na badal jae ki ye pehchan mein hi na aaye (The Earth we recognise today,should not change so much that it cannot be identified at all in the future).
Talking about the declining number of sparrows in the Capital,Dikshit said,My next agenda is going to be bird conservation.
Paintings by students depicted various ways of saving the Earth.
Student of Apeejay School,Shruti Sriram,won the first prize in a debate held on the occasion.
Pachauri said: Old habits die hard,and that is why children need to be made aware of the current environment issues as early as possible.
Launching a teachers kit Negi said,We will need two more earths to survive in the coming years if we do not stop polluting and harming Mother Earth.
The kits,comprising educational booklets,CDs and e-learning modules on environment concerns,were presented to all teachers present at the event.
Reporter is a student of EXIMS