PATNA: Hundreds of students from city schools participated in the pre-celebration of World Earth Day organized by Tarumitra, an NGO, on its premises at Digha on Saturday. They marched to the Panchavati forest area of Tarumitra and performed ‘aarti’ and applied ‘chandan and tika’ to the trees. They also took the ‘green pledge’ to take care of environment. Patna mayor Sita Sahu inaugurated the sprinkler system at Tarumitra’s organic farm for water conservation with the help of solar energy. The event was also graced by Femina Miss India finalist and winner of India’s top next model 2016 edition Pranati Prakash.
Students planted saplings and prepared bird-feeders. They sang earth songs and performed dance and skits, displayed posters on ‘Plastic free Bihar’ and ‘Save Mother Earth’. Speaking on the occasion, Sahu said students and the elders have to take collective responsibility of taking care of resources and planet.
e students of Radiant International School, Mt Carmel High School, Notre Dame Academy, Delhi Public School, Don Bosco Academy, St Dominic Savio’s High School, St Xavier’s High School, Leed’s Asian School, May Flower, Organic Kids, Baldwin Academy, Veena Vidya Niketan and S R Vidyapeeth, besides Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), St Xavier’s College Patna and AN College participated in the event.
Tarumitra founder Fr Robert Athickal, organic farmer Margaret Molomoo, Shashi Darshan, D N Prasad and Fakhri were also present on the occasion.