International Day for Biological Diversity: Students and citizen groups unite for conservation | Latest Delhi News
Rising temperatures and the protracted air pollution problem in the capital are just a few examples, closer to home, of how rapid environmental decline threatens nature and people. Some students and community groups are paying attention and actively working to save Mother Earth by raising awareness. Responsible for marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, some have even planned today, in full fervor, to come together for the cause.
To raise awareness about the importance of preserving biodiversity, M. H. Vatavaran, the environmental society at Miranda House College, University of Delhi, organizes various contests that help create awareness. These include slogan writing, a secret letter contest – where participants will write a letter to an endangered species – and a speech contest. “In accordance with the directives of the Department of the Environment, we have planned various activities around the theme: Importance of biological diversity. We are holding a slogan writing contest on the same topic. This will help our volunteers showcase their creative ideas on how to protect endangered species,” shares Ishita Sukhija, president of the university society, who also maintains a medicinal herb garden that students in the botany department use at research purposes. “One of the faculty advisors, Prof. Saloni Bahri, looks after the garden which is home to around 42 different varieties of plants like Nyctanthes arbor-tristis (harsingar), Tinospora cordifolia (giloy), Barleria cristata (jhinti) and more again,” adds Sukhija.
Geo-Crusaders, the environmental society of PGDAV College has scheduled an online seminar to raise awareness and motivate students to an in-depth understanding of biodiversity. “We observe set days and organize conferences, seminars and various other events to raise awareness and work towards a healthy environment for our present and future generations,” informs Prof. Gaurav Kumar, organizer of the society which organizes an annual planting campaign to Sanjay Van during monsoon. Kumar adds, “For Biodiversity Day, we have planned a seminar where students will learn about what biodiversity is, its applications and the role that individual entities play in their habitat. The reason for the extinction of various species is largely due to the lack of information among the masses; that’s why we want to raise awareness.
Even at Hindu College’s Panchtatva, which is always on the lookout for students with the zeal to contribute through their ingenious green ideas, the pressure to create awareness is strong. “We have raised awareness on all aspects related to the environment through events such as poster-making contests and social media posts,” says Aradhya Panwar, president of the company, explaining how the message behind the Observation of the day will be sent from their social networks. media handles.
Beyond campus, various community groups around the city intend to get out and work for the environmental cause. Take for example We Mean To Clean (WMTC), a Delhi-based volunteer group, which runs a free nature walk at Japan’s Rohini Park. This will be coupled with insights from biodiversity expert Bhuvan Chopra. “A nature walk is a great way to learn about biodiversity while providing mental rejuvenation. We will also apply the biodiversity concepts learned during our planting campaigns,” says Manish Khurana, co-founder of WMTC, adding, “We have observed that many nature walks take place in central or south Delhi. This could sometimes become a limitation for people coming from slightly far distances. So this time we decided to lead our walk in North Delhi. The park we chose is also easily accessible via the Delhi Metro.
At Sanjay Van, home to over 200 bird species and currently being proposed for conversion into an ecotourism centre, There Is No Earth B – a group of humans on a mission to save the earth – will be joined by others townspeople for a clean-up campaign today. “This Sunday, we will be campaigning in Sanjay Van to help his over 200 species of birds, over 70 species of butterflies, several mammals such as nilgai and jackals, as well as snakes and many insects,” shares Dhrstadyumn , founder of the group, adding, “As part of the clean-up campaign, we will remove non-biodegradable waste from the forest and, at the same time, raise awareness of how dhabas who illegally encroach on the forest area and deliver food to inside the forest. We will also be collecting signatures and using Instagram filters to help raise awareness of the loss of biodiversity facing the nation’s capital. With the heatwave sweeping the country, it has become all the more important to recognize the importance of urban forests like Sanjay Van and realize how crucial they play in protecting us from extreme weather conditions.
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