Chandigarh, May 22, 2010; Today to mark the World Biodiversity Day, Yuvsatta & Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration organized an ‘Inter-School Biodiversity Hunt’ at Botanical Garden, near Sarangpur, in which around 100 students accompanied by their teachers from fifteen prominent Schools of city and volunteers of Yuvsatta participated.
Children in teams of five students from each School were asked to spot and count maximum number birds and trees at Botanical Garden to win the contest.
Inaugurating the event Saurav Kumar, IFS, Dy. Conservator of Forests said that “We all have a role to play in meeting the challenges of the biodiversity crisis, the accelerated loss of plants, animals and habitats caused primarily by human activities. What we eat and the food we buy dramatically influence the health of the environment. It is not just how an individual acts; it is our collective action over time that has eaten the Earth’s incredible diversity of life biodiversity.”
And the winners were team of Gurpreet Singh, Sahil Sharma, Vikram Sharma & Abhishek of Government Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 46D, Second prize was bagged by team of Government Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 35 D, The Gurukul, Panchkula students stood third in the contest and teams from four Schools namely Delhi Public School, Sector 40, Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 33D, Govt. Model High School, Sector 22C & Gurukul Global School, IT Park were awarded consolation prizes. They all now will be presented with prizes at a State level function on World Environment Day i.e. June 5, 2010. And Dr. Satish Narula & Sarbjeet Kaur were the Judges of the contest.
In the end, in his concluding remarks Parmod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta shared that participating in issues like biodiversity will go a long way in developing critical understanding of such subjects amongst children as right from a young age, children start to love nature, plants and animals around them.