NEW DELHI: To mark World Environment Day, Panasonic India – a leading diversified technology company, culminated its Harit Umang Olympiad – a school awareness program and felicitated over 100 students across 26 schools for their exemplary work in the field of responsible disposal of e-waste, plastic waste management, energy conservation, and tree plantation.
Under the Harit Umang Olympiad, Panasonic India reached out to over 347 schools to create awareness and sensitization towards environmental issues related to E-waste, Plastic Waste Management, Energy Conservation, and encourage Tree Plantation. The Olympiad entailed a series of knowledge-sharing sessions by the experts, interactive workshops, and engaging contests to nurture the habit of green practices amongst students.
Reflecting on each of the themes, the felicitation was addressed by Guest of Honour Mr. Sandip Chatterjee, Director/ Scientist (F), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY); Mr. Saurabh Diddi, Director, Bureau of Energy Efficiency; Ms. Priti Mahesh, Toxics Link; Ms. Sahaana Sankar, Vice President, Hand in Hand India; Mr. N. Krishnan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Hand in Hand India; Mr. Manish Sharma, President & CEO, Panasonic India and South Asia and Ms. Ritu Ghosh, Associate Director, Corporate Affairs & CSR, Panasonic India.
Mr. Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India and South Asia said, “Panasonic’s vision of, “A Better Life, A Better World” is the underlying philosophy that guides us to not only make world-class products, but also be conscious of the environment that we operate in, and understand its impact on business sustainability. This year Panasonic’s “Harit Umang” program not only engaged the urban youth but also the rural youth by helping them nurture barren land through tree planting. The weed infestation replaced by trees also contributed to enhanced income for the farmers. A total of 1 lakh tree saplings of different species were planted with the support of rural farming communities, Gram Panchayats, and schools in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and NCR region. We believe, activities such as tree planting and educating young India about the environmental issues is a small, yet progressive step towards nurturing the ecosystem.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Ritu Ghosh, Associate Director, Corporate Affairs & CSR, Panasonic India, said, “Since the inception of the Harit Umang program in 2019, we have been continuously contributing towards not only spreading awareness but also encouraging eco-friendly practices through active engagements with schools and communities. Through the Harit Umang Olympiad each year, our aim is to spread the message of sustainability by nurturing young minds into ‘Green ambassadors’, who can help us realize the vision of a greener tomorrow. We sincerely believe that the next generation can create a profound effect that initiatives like Harit Umang brings with it and hence they are an integral part of this program. Congratulations to all the students for their commendable work in upholding the green agenda and their effort towards sustainable practices.”
As part of the ‘Harit Umang’ – Joy of Green, Bio-diversity program focusing towards environment conservation, Panasonic India in collaboration with Hand in Hand India, planted 1 lakh tree saplings with the support of over 1700 rural farmers, 122 Gram Panchayats, and schools in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and NCR region.
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