Students raise awareness about global warming, sustainable energy
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.
Students and parents sing a song during the Great Indian Online Morcha on climate change at the St. Xavier’s college.