Online prize distribution ceremony of the ‘TERRE Olympiad’
PUNE: “We introduce power batteries or electric vehicles to prevent damage to the environment, but how do we dispose off the new waste generated from them? Relying on technology alone will not save the environment but we need to make changes in your lifestyle and improve our personal habits,” said Nimish Rustagi, Director, Press Information Bureau (PIB) of India while speaking at the online prize distribution ceremony of the ‘TERRE Olympiad’ organized by the TERRE Policy Centre yesterday. Dr. Vinita Apte, Founder director of TERRE Policy Centre’, Vinod Kulkarni, CSR Head, Tata Motors, Pan India, competitors, and teachers from across the country were present at the ceremony.
In its 6th year, this competition was held for students from class 5 to graduate-level during which 2,74,329 students from all over the country participated. Students from 5th to 9th participated in the ‘Sapling section’ in which Muthukuri Manikanta from Telangana bagged the first prize, and Ramon De and Soumyostri Chatterjee from West Bengal bagged second and third place respectively in this category.
Students from Std 10th to Std 12th participated in ‘Plant Section’ in which Mohammed Rehan from Jharkhand, Janhvi Gunapu from Andhra Pradesh, and Saranya Bhattacharya from West Bengal stood first, second and third respectively. In the ‘Tree Section’ for degree holders, Preddy, Pravalika Natte, and Shilam Ganesh from Telangana won the first three places. Apart from this, prizes were also given to some schools.
Dr. Rustagi said, “Nature will tell us when something is wrong with us. We need to monitor and replace it ourselves. The earth, the planets, the stars existed before us and will continue to exist; but because of the damage to the environment, we and the animals will have to suffer the consequences. We need to wake up and work for our future and sustainable environment at the individual level as well as with the initiative of larger organizations.
Dr. Apte said, “We are holding this competition not only to raise awareness about the environment in the new generation but also to experience it. As a result, children are becoming emotionally closer to the environment. . We are satisfied with the fact that we are witnessing this change in the competition every year and we are also seeing its ascending graph. Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar has also encouraged us for this competition. “
Kulkarni said, “The difficult time due to COVID19 is the result of our disrespect for the laws of nature. It is a positive thing that we have survived but we have to understand if we have learned anything from it. We have to learn to live in an eco-friendly manner and by keeping our lives simple. ”
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