Mangaluru: “If a tree is saved even at the cost of one’s head, it’s worth it” said the noted activist Amrita Devi Bishnoi. Emphasising this message the members of Eco Club from class VI to X celebrated the Decennial Vanamahotsav celebration organised at Mount Carmel School on July 21.
The program began with a short prayer service invoking God’s blessings. Meghana of class X accorded the welcome address to the Chief Guest Shiva Prakash, Manager of the Environmental department, ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd; Shridhar, the Forest Range Officer and Krishnappa, an Environmentalist. They were welcomed by the Eco Club members with a floral tribute.
The students of the club showcased their talents performing two dances which depicted the fate of trees in the world today. A mime show enacted by the boys depicted the water crisis and the need to save water. A short skit by the students created awareness on the need of trees to save our environment, depicting hypothetical unfortunate lifestyles of the future. The sketch of the play showed the creativity and farsightedness of the club members.
In his address Chief Guest Shiva Prakash cited that ‘an imbalance in the 5 elements of nature will have a direct impact on the environment which indirectly affects our health.’
Guest of honour Shridhar emphasised the theme “Forest for Water” by his interactive address, with the students.
Principal Sr Melissa thanked the guests for their efforts and for devoting their time to be a part of the school’s Vanamahotsava Celebration – 2017. She also thanked the Environmental Department of ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd for sponsoring 50 saplings to be planted in and around the school and the forest department for their assistance in the process of planting. The vote of thanks was delivered by Shamim of Class VII and the programme was compeered by Apoorva and Brinell of Class X.
After the formal programme, 10 saplings were planted in the school campus by the dignitaries along with the Eco club members, as a part of Decennial Celebration of MCCS and the other 40 in the neighbourhood.
The entire celebration of the day motivated the students to develop consciousness towards care and conservation of Nature, reflecting the feelings of gratitude and respect for the many bounties that Mother Earth graciously offers to all her children.