As a part of its initiatives to spread awareness and bring the larger public in the discourse on environmental issues, The Centre for Green Initiatives, Shri Ram College of Commerce organised the second edition of its annual green festival, “Tatva” on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The green festival is a one-its-kind-initiative in the University of Delhi that focuses on highlighting environmental concerns and developing workable solutions that can be implemented by common people in their day-to-day life. The festival also celebrates the vivid diversity of environmental efforts and showcases the efforts made my various individuals in the field of environmental care and sustainability.
This year, the festival included a broad array of events ranging from speaker sessions to street play. An ecomela¬†was set up in the co-op area of the College where stalls of various organisations like Dhara, Prabhat, Amul, Edible Routes etc. were set up. The fest officially commenced with a symbolic plantation of a neem sapling by Prof. Simrit Kaur, Principal, SRCC, eminent speakers for the event and members of the Centre for Green Initiatives. This was followed was speaker session which commenced with Prof. Simrit Kaur, Principal, SRCC addressing the gathering on how our present environment is affected by¬†Present Need,¬†Human Greed¬†and the¬†Global Heat. The first eminent speaker,¬†Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar,¬†Scientist in charge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Center for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhienlightened students with his words of wisdom on biodiversity loss. He was followed by¬†Dr. Madhumita Puri,entrepreneur, Trash for Cash who had an interactive talk on her entrepreneurial journey and how waste management represented a golden opportunity for employment and commercialisation. The last speaker¬†Dr. Narender Kumar,¬†Director, Swalamban,¬†who emphasized on need of waste segregation at length and innovative models to manage waste generated in households. The event also highlighted certain initiatives taken by the students to promote environmental welfare such as “With Love“, an initiative focussed on plastic waste management. The Centre also released the second edition of its annual magazine,¬†Avni,¬†a compendium of thoughts and research on the overall theme of environment. The speaker session concluded with a vote of thanks by¬†Dr. Rachna Jawa, Convenor, CGI SRCC.
The festival also featured a multitude of events. A pottery session was organised at co-op area where students and teachers tried their hands out at moulding clay into different shapes. Simultaneously, informal games titled¬†Eco Dart¬†and¬†Sort it Out¬†were organised. A DIY paper recycling workshop in collaboration with¬†Basta, a student initiative from Lady Shri Ram College, was organised to show paper recycling using simple techniques.
A street play by the Dramatic Society of the College on the theme of environment marked the official culmination of¬†Tatva 2018.
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