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Stu­dents raise aware­ness about global warm­ing, sus­tain­able en­ergy

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - Musab Qazi

MUM­BAI: As po­lit­i­cal lead­ers around the world gather in Paris for the United Na­tion’s Cli­mate Change Sum­mit COP21 next month, city stu­dents are lead­ing the ef­forts to tackle cli­mate change. Us­ing so­cial me­dia and other means, they are rais­ing aware­ness about global warm­ing, sus­tain­able en­ergy and fu­ture of the planet.

The young­sters are call­ing on PM Naren­dra Modi and other world lead­ers to take con­crete steps to make the planet more in­hab­it­able. Hun­dreds of stu­dents, on Sun­day, par­tic­i­pated in Dig­i­tal Cli­mate March - an on­line cam­paign to spread the word about cli­mate change and COP21. These stu­dents were con­cerned about the dam­age be­ing done to the en­vi­ron­ment and wanted to know more about the is­sue.

“We had stud­ied en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence as a sub­ject in ju­nior col­lege, but Dig­i­tal March gave us an op­por­tu­nity to know more about the prob­lem of cli­mate change,” said Av­inash Pa­tel, a BSC (IT) stu­dent at St. Xavier’s Col­lege. “The ques­tion of cli­mate change is es­sen­tially a ques­tion of our fu­ture. I am re­ally con­cerned about the de­ci­sions be­ing made at the Paris sum­mit and want the gov­ern­ments to act on this front,” adds Keya Sam­pat, a BA stu­dent at the col­lege. As part of Dig­i­tal March, the stu­dents posted com­ments on so­cial net­work­ing sites while watch­ing an hour-long video

about cli­mate change, which was streamed live on Youtube. Many were in­trigued by the con­cept of on­line march. “It is a de­light to serve a good cause. The on­line mor­cha was a new con­cept. We need to make things trendy so that they are taken up by ev­ery­one,” said Suyashi Mathur, a BMM stu­dent at Sophia Col­lege.

Ear­lier, In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Bom­bay (IITB) had con­ducted Re-cy­cle - a cam­paign to push for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, where or­gan­is­ers reached out to 20 col­leges in the city to find ideas to tackle global warm­ing. They also held a 13km cy­clothon at IIT-B to pro­mote cy­cling as a pre­ferred means of trans­port. “As stu­dents, we think that it’s our duty as well as need of the hour to to work for a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment. en­vi­ron­ment. The cam­paign raised aware­ness about green en­vi­ron­ment while pro­mot­ing a cy­cling cul­ture,” said Anu­raj Gupta, an or­gan­iser.

ARIJIT SEN/ HT

Stu­dents and par­ents sing a song dur­ing the Great In­dian On­line Mor­cha on cli­mate change at the St. Xavier’s col­lege.

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