Shanti Asian School celebrates Earth Day – themed “Mother Earth”
Ridge Valley School celebrates Earth Day; integrates organic agriculture on the school campus
Posted on April 23, 2022
World Earth Day reminds us to protect and nurture Mother Earth and her species, to make her a better place for generations to come. In keeping with Earth Day 2022’s global theme of “Investing in Our Planet”, Gurugram-based Ridge Valley School has partnered with UN-accredited non-profit organization 1M1B to celebrate the day on April 22 with his young Climate Champions.
At the live event hosted by 1M1B, three climate action heroes from the school participated in a discussion about climate action and sustainability. As part of the school’s mission to incorporate organic agriculture on campus to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, six acres of land on the school’s campus have been set aside for this purpose. The initiative will also encourage students to engage in organic farming, grow their own food and help them understand the importance of food security; thus creating a green and healthy India.
Ridge Valley School Principal Nidhi Tewari said, “Transformation will only happen if we introduce innovative pedagogies, increase creativity and collaboration, and integrate ecological literacy; thus, improving our ability to understand the basic principles of a connected nature and how to live accordingly. It is essential that we view sustainability as a community practice and understand how nature sustains life in order to be truly responsible eco-citizens and ensure a better future for the planet.
The school’s organic farm will be managed by students who are part of the environment club, as well as by the horticulture team. Some of the plants and vegetables grown on the organic farm include lady finger, spinach, cabbage, spring onion, tomato, carrot, radish, bottle gourd, pumpkin, cilantro, lettuce, eggplant and the potato.
Manisha Bagchi, a grade 12 student, expressed her opinion on the importance of preserving the planet through meaningful initiatives. In his words, “Earth Day is celebrated to raise awareness among the masses of the debilitating state of our planet. Over the years, the selfish nature of human beings has had a major impact on the Earth, to the point that it could all be irreversible. It frightens me and pains me to see how negligent we have been and continue to be. Our house is on fire! And it’s time we realized the repercussions. We all need to come together and take action to change things. Change is needed now, more than ever.
Another student, eighth-grade student Suhaani Oberoi, echoing her classmate’s sentiments, said“World Earth Day is important because it draws attention to the environment and promotes conservation and sustainability. Every year, people around the world come together to raise awareness of the different crises facing the Earth such as climate change, water scarcity, etc. To protect planet Earth, we can adopt simple habits like planting more trees, turning off vehicles during a red light, turning off lights and fans when not are not used, avoid plastics, etc. If we start taking these small steps today, I’m sure tomorrow will be a much better day.
A green future is a prosperous future. Young people are agents of change and play a vital role as drivers of development. By organizing such awareness events and supporting sustainable initiatives, Ridge Valley School wishes to instill in students values of conservation, respect for nature and concern for waste disposal.