Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, and it is no stranger to the students and faculty of Bharitya Vidya Bhavan.

Earth Day 2018 theme is ‘End Plastic Pollution’. It is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

The Science Department of Indian Educational School, Bhavans Kuwait marked the importance of this day through various activities. The celebrations commenced with the morning school assembly during which the students of class 9 and 10, spoke on the significance of the Earth Day.

A video signifying the importance of Earth Day was shown in all the classes. Prefects of every class of the school came together this Sunday to celebrate the planet and to take action to protect it. The class prefects representing their respective classes placed their handprints with blue and green colours on the model of the globe that was displayed in the school premises. It signified their commitment for the betterment of the environment in the school. They pledged to ‘ Say No to plastic and to end plastic pollution’ and also to make the earth a healthier one and a greener one.

Witnessed by Mr. T. Premkumar, the principal and the heads of the Science Department  and devoted teachers ,this occasion lit an enigmatic spark of inspiration to all the young prefects that were present.

Posters were displayed on the class bulletin boards which conveyed the message to save our earth and to end plastic pollution.

This Earth Day gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channelling the energy of young brilliant minds and putting environmental concerns on the front page.

Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behaviour and provokes policy changes. Light bulbs lit up off of every child’s head as each were dawned upon by brilliant ideas, eager to execute.

Earth Day went global 20 years after its founding, mobilizing 200 million people in dozens of countries and putting environmental issues on the world stage. This year’s Earth Day is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to eventually end plastic pollution, “Plastic pollution is now an ever-present challenge. We can see plastics floating in our rivers, ocean and lagoons, littering our landscapes and affecting our health and the future of billions of children and youth. We have all contributed to this problem –- mostly unknowingly,” Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day had said in statement.

While recycling is important, Earth Day Network says it’s not nearly enough to bring an end to plastic pollution.

The earth is 4.6 billion years old. If we scale that to 46 years, humans have been here for 5 hours. The industrial Revolution began 1 minute ago. In that time we have destroyed 50% of the world’s forests. This isn’t sustainable.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. Bharitya Vidya Bhavan invites you to make every day Earth Day, as we face and overcome the ever growing problems of climate change with environmental responsibility instilled in every heart.


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