Earth Day Event: Vandemataram foundation

Vandemataram Foundation in Association with National Green Corp NGC conducted programme on Environment awareness at Government High School Bolaram to commemorate Earth Day.
Sri V.Ramachandra activist and Choreographer and Sri G. Praveen rendering service to the Foundation lead the programme through rally campaign in Bolaram area. He delivered educative speech to the school children on environmental awareness and to ‘Save Mother Earth’.
Sri Nara Bhupathy President of Andhra Pradesh Uphadhya Sangam -APUS Rangareddy District participated in this event. School Head master and Teachers of Bolaram Government School joined hands in organizing the event.
Quiz programme was organized on Planet Earth. Prizes were distributed to the winners.

Why April 22 called World Earth Day?

 Of all the planets of solar system, the Earth turned out to be the luckiest. This is because it is the only planet where life became possible till today as far as our knowledge goes. Life in its most beautiful forms are developed here, be it humans, animals, plants or marine life. The one thing that made Earth unique was the presence of an outstanding form of intelligent life called the human race. Nevertheless somewhere on the way the human race lost its humanity, forgot to acknowledge the planet that gave it life; and used its resources ruthlessly. The world now marks the Earth Day to make the human race realize the importance of the Mother Earth.
In 1970, a senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, USA, first conceived of this day. The senator was worried about the rate of industrialization and the careless attitude of everyone towards our environment. It was foreseen to promote the idea of ecology, to encourage respect for life on Earth, and draw attention to growing concerns about different kinds of pollution. Over 20 million Americans participated in events to mark the first Earth Day and it turned out to be so catching that today, over a billion people from all over the globe celebrate Earth Day.
The question that comes to our mind is why we celebrate Earth Day? The answer to this question is with us and all of us should try to answer honestly.
Have we seemed to have forgotten what a beautiful gift we have been given in the form of planet Earth?
Have we also seemed to have forgotten that this is our home and we need to keep it in order to stay healthy and alive?
Have we for centuries mercilessly utilized and depleted the Earth and her resources?
 Is it our utter ignorance has begun to cause severe problems like depletion of the Ozone layer Death of rivers due to dumping of industrial waste, global warming etc?
Has our quest for industrialization heavy amount of deforestation?
Reasons for the ice at the Poles have started to melt due to the rise in Earth’s temperature?
 We have dug fairly a mammoth pit for ourselves and our comforts, yet we can still get out of it.
So, days like the Earth Day remind us to be caring and loving to the Earth just not only today but every day. We must realize the danger and start taking small steps like planting trees, limiting the use of vehicles thereby reducing pollution, switching off lights when unnecessary and also conserving petrol. These might be small steps but when a billion people do it together, one can definitely see the results.
As common person on this Earth Day, let us pledge to do take whatever little we can to do to help the planet. Perhaps we can avoid using our car or our two- wheeler on this day and save petrol and free the atmosphere of some pollution. May be we could recycle the papers and stop using plastic bags. It could be anything, but it will definitely go a long way in saving the mankind and pledge to reduce the carbon footprints.
How can we do it?

Save energy
  • Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
  • Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power than an oven.)
  • Purchase "Green Power" for your home's electricity. (Contact your power supplier to see where and if it is available.)
  • Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL). If every household on the Earth replaced one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road.
Use less water
  • Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths.
  • Keep drinking water in the in Earthen pots or matka for cooling.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Buy high-efficient plumbing fixtures & appliances.
  • Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day).
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best).
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street or sidewalk.
  • Learn how to plant trees, build a pond, compost, and more from the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service

Reusing is when you find a use for an existing item - like decorating a bag and using it as a gift bag instead of buying wrapping paper; putting leftovers into a clean container from some other food;
Turning a used box into storage; decorating a can to hold pencils; saving packing peanuts and boxes and using them the next time you need to ship something or give a gift. 
Make cloth bags from old chudidara, duppattas and sarees. Make it a habit of having cloth bags in your car or two wheeler and using it.
It’s hard to start but surely we all can get accustomed to a good habit.
Plant a tree:  Buy or gift a plant and start your balcony garden. Volunteer to work for your city or send an Earth Day.

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