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Nature education crucial at young age: Rajiv Bhartari


2 short films related to environment released

By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 2 Oct: Environment Education is the foundation to building strong leadership, and independent observation skills in children. When environment education is approached systematically, children learn to solve local environmental problems. To create greater awareness about environmental issues, Nature Science Initiative (NSI) in collaboration with Janki Devi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sansta (JBGVS) initiated a bilingual Hindi-English website that caters exclusively to Environment Education, namely www.naturevidya.org.

Under the Nature Vidya programme, NSI and JBGVS have connected over 120 government primary schools in 5 districts of Uttarakhand with environment education activities. On the occasion of Wildlife Week, NSI & JBGVS, are also bringing out two short films. The first film is titled, “A Day in Dehradun Zoo”, while the second film is titled, “Musibath ki Potli (Trash & Animals)”.

These two films were released by Rajiv Bhartari, PCCF Chairman, Uttarakhand State Biodiversity Board, at Government Primary School, Vani Vihar, here.

The event was attended by over 150 children and representatives from organisations including NSI, JBGVS, Titli Trust, Pramukh and Goonj.

On the occasion, Bhartari applauded the work being carried out by NSI. He stressed that environmental protection is even more important for the State of Uttarakhand as it is blessed with rich and unique natural heritage. He asked children to closely observe the cycles of nature. Bhartari also stressed on how nature education in foundation years had led to several nature-linked careers for students including jobs in the forest department as foresters, researchers and in nature guiding.

These two films will now be shown across the state in Government schools during Wildlife Week for raising awareness.