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Students help fight heat on Earth Day
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Cooling off: drink served by students to passers- by

Students help fight heat on Earth Day

22 April 2024
- Fr CM Paul sdb

As mercury soared to 42 degrees celsius, students of Hospitality and Assistant Beauty Therapist courses of Don Bosco Nitika centre Kolkata along with students of DBSERVE Tuition Centre celebrated EARTH DAY on 22nd April, giving chilled lemonade to passersby and raising awareness on environmental protection. 

 

Special attraction of the day was a nature-friendly garden set up on footpath in front of the institution on Radhanath Chowdhury Road with green plants, and posters displayed on the wall. Other activities included campus cleaning, plating saplings, drawing competition, theme dance on mother earth and quiz.

The students also offered cold lemon water with a mixture of pudina / mint free to all passers-by to relieve them of the scorching heat. The students also gave out handbills stating ways to protect mother earth in their homes and neighbourhoods.

Inaugurating earth day event, Fr Dominic Kachira, a Salesian working in Papua New Guinea said, “Our planet is so very beautiful, but some have not treated it well due to greed and exploitation.” Fr Kachira congratulated young people for bringing awareness “to care for this planet like mother, keeping it green and clean, using resources responsibly.”

Commenting on efforts of students Mr Ujjal Pal of Calcutta University, a passerby said, “The earth is not just an environment, it's our responsibility. Let's care for it as we care for our own homes.”

“Every tree we plant is a gift to mother earth,” said Mohuya Dey of Bidon Street, another passer-by from Oriental Seminary for Girls. “Let's plant more trees and watch our earth smile,” she said.

Earth Day celebration is an initiative of Kolkata province Go Green Team delegate Br. Lawrence Mondal who encouraged Salesian communities to explore ways to eliminate the use of plastic. He also encouraged Salesians to take part in activities like conserving water, choosing sustainable development initiatives, picking up litter, recycling, reusing, turning waste into art and planting trees.

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