Let’s celebrate the festival of lights Diwali but a little responsibly. Let’s all burst out together in laughter instead of bursting fire crackers which contribute to noise as well as environmental pollution. Let’s decorate our homes, schools, colleges, hospitals and workplaces with beautiful rangolis made with organic colours and flowers only, let’s buy diyas and other decorative items from local shops and footpath sellers in order to put a smile on their face on the festival of lights. How about decorating with lanterns made of paper and earthen diyas instead of plastic lanterns?
We all can, can’t we? If children show us the way, can’t we adults follow? Ahead of Diwali, children from schools across India are making posters with eco-friendly slogans and walking in rallies to remind us all of our responsibility towards the environment while celebrating the festival of lights.
Kid Pid Play School, Adityapur, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Jamshedpur’s Kid Pid Play School celebrated an eco-friendly Diwali and shared the message that the festival signifies the ‘victory over evil’ and is marked by joy, harmony, light and sweets. The school campus was beautifully adorned with rangoli and crafts spreading the message of eco friendly Diwali.
Jingle Bells preschool, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mumbai’s Jingle Bells preschool is teaching their students to celebrate Diwali as a ‘Daan Utsav’ to donate to the needy and light up their Diwali. The little ones were also taught how to decorate diyas using organic colours so that they learn to celebrate the festival of lights in an eco-friendly way.
The Unirise World School, Punjab
The Unirise World School located in Punjab’s Jagraon is sending out a message to all for a clean and green Diwali. A special morning assembly was held on Friday wher the students delivered speeches, recited poems and enacted plays highlighting the relevance of eco-friendly Diwali and urging all to use Indian products. Principal Neha Rattan addressed the students, appealing all to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali and buy only made in India products this Diwali in order to help boost the economy of the indigenous market.
DAV East of Loni, Delhi
Little ones at DAV Public School, East of Loni Road, Delhi spread out a message to all by preparing eco friendly glittery lotus, colorful lanterns and decorating the school corridors.
New Learning Ladders International School, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Children at Bengaluru’s New Learning Ladders International School performed a road rally to raise awareness towards an eco-friendly Diwali. The children prepared posters talking about air pollution causing lung cancer, avoiding use of plastic carry bags and avoiding bursting fire crackers.
Lilliput World Preschool & Day Care, Anand, Gujarat
Lilliput World Preschool & Day Care in Gujarat’s Anand came up with an initiative to encourage all to celebrate the festival of lights in an eco-friendly manner. The school is spreading a message requesting all to take an oath to celebrate Diwali Festivities without crackers with an aim to reduce the effect of global warming and minimize noise and air pollution. The school arranged a competition for mothers of the munchkins as part of their Diwali celebration.
S D Vidya Mandir, Huda ,Panipat, Haryana
The Eco Club of S.D. Vidya Mandir, Huda is working hard to sensitize the students regarding the safety of the planet earth and environment. Children at this school took an initiative to spread awareness about the harms caused to the environment by bursting crackers. Students prepared beautiful slogans on the theme ‘Pollution Free Diwali’ highlighting the ways to protect the environment while celebrating the festival, which is the need of the hour.
Shaheed Rajpal Dav Public School, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi
Students at Shaheed Rajpal Dav Public School, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi are being taught a very important lesson of reuse and recycle. While the students participated in activities like skit, dance, group singing and recitation, the school’s Principal Mrs. Vinita Kapoor, in her address urged them to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali and bring the holy items which will be no longer in use after the festival to the school for recycling purposes.
Heritage Academy, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh
Students at Heritage Academy, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh have prepared beautiful cards depicting messages related to Diwali. Their rangoli designs made with with vibrant colours also highlight messages on eco- Friendly and pollution-Free Diwali. Pre-primary students also took part in the celebrations and conveyed a message urging all to say no to crackers. Principal Mrs. Anuranjani Agarwal, in her address, said that Diwali is a festival of communal harmony and reminded her students to celebrate carefully and safely.
Sage International School, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Students at Sage International School, Ayodhya nagar branch, took out a rally in the neighbouring residential area to spread awareness about celebrating eco-friendly Diwali and urge all to avoid bursting crackers. The rally was flagged off by the Vice Principal of the school, Ms Neelam Choudhary.
DAV Public School Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, Haryana
DAV Public School Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, Haryana took an initiative to sensitize the students as well the society towards celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali. To spread the message, a cycle rally was organized by the senior secondary students of the school in the neighboring area. Students carried banners, showcasing the message of using earthen lamp and celebrating an environment-friendly Diwali with the aim of sustainable development.
ABC Montessori Sirhind, Punjab
The school is celebrating Diwali by sharing a very important message on plastic waste management. ABC Montessori is encouraging children to prepare paper lanterns and pots from waste plastic bottles thus making the little ones lead the way in spreading the message of a safe and eco-friendly Diwali.
Birla Vidya Niketan, Delhi
Students at Delhi’s Birla Vidya Niketan are spreading the message to celebrate Diwali while keeping in mind our responsibility towards the environment. The students prepared eco-friendly decorative items and also participated in activities like decorating Diyas , making wall hangings, and torans out of old newspapers embellishing them with colours, stickers and mirrors.