Children from various primary and secondary schools in the district took to podium at the Cauvery Auditorium at Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) premises to spread their messages on the protection and preservation of environment.
Gathered to take prizes, the children in their speeches underscored the tasks they had taken up in their schools to keep them eco-friendly. They also urged other participants to contribute towards preserving the environment by planting the saplings in and around their houses.
“We have number of trees at our school premises giving us shade and fresh air. Besides this, we have cultivated vegetables at the yard which are being used in the preparation of mid-day meal at the school,” said Abhishek, a class 9 student.
He also encouraged organic farming for better health of both people and environment. Similar were the opinions of other school children who stressed the importance of having abundant trees around and their impact of living beings.
Deputy Commissioner D Randeep distributed the prizes to schools which had performed well in ‘Eco-friendly School’ contest recently organised by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Mysuru, Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat (KRVP), District Administration, Zilla Panchayat and the Department of Public Education, Mysuru.
While Government Lower Primary School, Manchegowdana Halli in H D Kote taluk was announced the best eco-friendly school, second and third places were shared 20 schools each. The winners were awarded with citation and cash prizes of Rs 30,000 while the schools finishing at second and third received citations and Rs 5,000 and Rs 4,000 respectively.
Speaking after distributing the prizes, Randeep appreciated the students for their efforts in preserving the environment. He said that their work was motivational and was bound to inspire many others.
“There’s a lot to be done towards protecting and preserving environment for coming generations. Besides planting saplings, air pollution is something we need to lay our special focus on. India and China has the most number of polluted cities compare to other countries and this will have a severe impact on the environment and thus on living-being if corrective measures are not taken,” he said.
He added that the forest department under NREGA scheme was offering plant sapling if they were shown the vacant places.
To check on the city’s pollution level, Randeep said that the pollution board will soon have an air pollution monitoring unit at Makaji Chowk in the city.