Chandigarh, October 28: Today, the weeklong anti-cracker green Diwali campaign launched by Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration and Yuvsatta-NGO ended with colourful programme in morning assembly of Government Model Sr. Sec. School, Dhanas and green Diwali street play at village Daria, Chandigarh. Mr. Debendra Dalai, Director, Department of Environment was the Chief Guest at Dhanas School, where Ramleela artists in costumes of Shree Ram, Sita and Laxman from Ramleela Committee of Sector 23 also joined to motivate young students to say no to crackers and yes to healthy life and safe environment this Diwali.

Prerna, the girl child ambassador of Chandigarh administered a pledge to celebrate and observe ‘GREEN DIWALI’, to over 2500 students of Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Dhanas. The School students also performed a Ramleela Skit promoting safe Diwali on the occasion. An exhibition of handmade Diyas and candles of different shapes and varieties was also organized at the School campus.

Initiating the dialogue with students Debendra Dalai the Director of Environment Department motivated students to plant, gift and adopt green trees on the sacred occasion of Diwali instead of any other costly gifts or sweets for their friends & relatives. He also said that Diwali is a biggest festival of India and its sanctity should not be blown away in smoke. As when the fire-crackers are set off these chemicals react and produce along with light and sound a huge amount of smoke and dusty mess that hangs in the air for long time after the magical luminary effects fade. So more and more people are seeing bursting firecrackers as environmentally irresponsible form of entertainment. Mr. Debendra Dalai, also distributed earthen diyas to School students and planted a green sapling at School campus.

To involve and motivate people, especially young students to participate whole-heartedly in the initiative, Theatre Artists of “Mask Theatre” presented street play ‘Green Diwali-Healthy Diwali’ at both the places. And Mr. Kulbhushan Kanwar, environmentalist conducted a green quiz to further promote environmental concerns among young minds.

Mr. Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta-NGO shared in the end that in the past one week their team members covered over 20,000 School students in many prominent Schools of the city and also five major slum areas, village and public places, so that the message of safe & green Diwali reached to masses at large.