Stepping up for a green future
Annanya Agarwal studying in the united World College of South East Asia, Singapore is on a mission. His sole aim is to increase environmental consciousness in Rajasthan, especially in Udaipure, Chittorgarh, and Bhilwara districts.
Under his project “Green Ambassadors,” students from about 600 Schools, planted 30,000 saplings in their grounds. The students kicked off the project by taking an oath to take care of these saplings. The occasion was marked by a short speech given by Agarwal himself, on the harmful effects of global warming and the consequences of the depletion of natural sources. By, convincing each student to, plant five saplings each. Agarwal made 6000 ‘green ambassadors’ who will bring about a change; nothing short of a green revolution in Rajasthan. He says, since my childhood, I have been conscious of my environment. I have never thrown waste on the road, nor do I use polythene bags and urge not to do either. His booklet called ‘Green Ambassadors’ talks about the protection of environment. Agarwal’s efforts have brought in funds of about Rs 3.5 lakhs, with contributions from friends and well-wishers, despite the fact that no donor was allowed to give more than Rs. 5000/-
Mahatma Gandhi once said, the earth, air, land and water are not an inheritance, from our forefathers but a loan from our children. So we have to hand it over to them at least, as it was handed over to us. And this 17 year old follows this adage like a mantra. He reckons, if each of us takes the responsibility of protecting the environment and developing natural resources in our own way, it will make a phenomenal difference. (Source: Times of India.). (Editor’s note: Let NGO’s of Andhra Pradesh and Officers of Forest Department follow Agarwal and bring awareness to the School Children of AP about Forests, and wildlife)