Environment & Sustainable Development:

The super power of this millennium will not be decided by the number of lethal atomic weapons possessed by a nation but the biological diversity and natural resources will be the deciding factor. India being very rich in its biological diversity can become super power if we could save natural resources and protect our environment. People’s participation through education and awareness is prerequisite for it. Keeping this in mind the Society has taken up several programmes on pollution control, natural resource management, conservation of bio-diversity etc. for sustainable development.

National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC):

Training programmes and awareness camps are regularly being organised by the society in both rural and urban areas under the National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC) of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. Regional and national level workshops and conferences are also organised for effective exchange of views and to keep updated with the latest happening on the subject.

Development of Publicity Material:

Resource materials in the form of pamphlets, handbills, posters & booklets are very effective tools in creating awareness among masses. The Society has regularly been producing these items for distribution among school children, slum dwellers, villagers and general masses during awareness camps, training programmes, melas, festivals etc under NEAC.

World Environment Day:

Every year World Environment Day is being organised by the SED on 5th June in collaboration with Department of Environment & Forest, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. Rallies, Padyatras, Meeting, Tree Plantations, Cleanliness drives etc are organised as a part of the awareness programme on the theme on different ways of protecting the environment. Resource material in the form of Pamphlets,hand bills, posters etc. were developed and distributed among the participants of the programme.

Environment & Health:

The SED has undertaken project “Training of Teachers to promote Environmental Health Awareness among Students in Delhi” in association with Ministry of Environment & Development. Govt. of India. The major objectives of the programme were as follows:

1. To identify various types of health hazard prevailing in the area.

2. To develop training module for teachers on the environment & health.

3. To provide training to selected eco-club teachers on environmental health hazards regarding cause and spread of diseases due to unsafe drinking water, food and water born diseases, solid waste, air pollution etc.

4. To increase the understanding of teachers and children about the impact of various pollutants and prepare them to save themselves.

The Department of Environment, Govt. of Delhi has more than 1500 schools covered under the Eco-club scheme spread all over the Delhi. These Govt. and Public schools has well established eco-clubs. 50 teachers from each district shall be selected for training. Thus total 450 teachers will be trained in this programme. These teachers will than take up activities in their schools. Around 100 students will take part in the follow-up activities. Thus around 45,000 school children will directly get benefits of the programme.

Following topics shall be covered under the programme.

• Food vendors and unhygienic condition

• Food adulteration

• Air Pollution & its impact on health

• Water Pollution & Health Hazards

• Solid Waste (both Municipal & Industrial) and effect on health

• Noise Pollution & their effect

• Radiation & Health Hazards

• Climate Change & Health risks

The Awareness Campaign conducted by SED was very successful and has good impact as indicated above. The SED has developed expertise and large number of schools are requesting for similar kind of programme for their teachers and students. Thus there is need for continuous and sustain efforts to cover large number of children, as they are the future of our country and catching them young for inculcating good environment friendly habits will have long lasting impact on our environment and natural resources.